Call for Nominations: CAE Outstanding Book Award

The CAE Outstanding Book Award recognizes new, critical, and cutting-edge books that make a significant contribution to the anthropology of education. Books that have been published within the past two years will be considered by a three-member selection committee. Awardees will be recognized at the annual AAA meetings. No money will accompany this award.

All nominators and/or nominees must be current CAE members. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations should be accompanied by 3 copies of the book and a letter from the nominator (no longer than 500 words) that addresses the following: (1) relevance to the anthropology of education and the CAE mission, (2) originality, (3) potential for significant impact on the field.

Nomination Letter Deadline: Sunday, October 11, 2020

Books received by Committee Members: No later than Saturday, October 17, 2020

Instructions for nominators and nominees:

  1. Send nomination letters to CAE Secretary, Carla McNelly, no later than Sunday, October 11, 2020.

  2. Within the nomination confirmation email, nominators and/or nominees will receive instructions on where to send the 3 copies of the books no later than Saturday, October 17, 2020.


Questions may be directed to Laura Valdiviezo, Committee Chair, at

The mission of the Council on Anthropology and Education is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.

Carla A. McNelly, Ph.D.

Call for Applications: CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows Program

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is pleased to announce the eleventh year of the CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows Program. This endowed fellowship program supports the professional development and mentoring of educational anthropologists early in their academic careers.

Up to eight fellowships will be awarded for the 2020-21 academic year. Each fellowship includes:

1.   The establishment of mentoring relationship with a senior scholar in the field of educational anthropology, including virtual meetings during the CAE meetings in November 2020.

2.   Participation in a professional learning community with the new cohort and previous presidential fellows and mentors.

3.   A travel grant to support attendance at the November 2021 American Anthropological Association Meetings.

Eligibility: Educational anthropologists who have completed their doctoral degrees by August 2020 and no earlier than 2017. International scholars are welcomed. Scholars from underrepresented groups and institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit the following materials in a single e-mail.

1.   Curriculum vita.

2.   Statement of no more than two single-spaced pages, specifying scholarly and professional accomplishments, goals within the field of anthropology and education, previous involvement with CAE or AAA (if any), and areas in which mentoring will be beneficial to the applicant.

3.   One letter of reference and the names of two additional referees.

4.   Names of up to three active senior scholars in the CAE community with whom the applicant would benefit from a mentoring relationship.

The Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellowships support early career educational anthropologists in ways that contribute to their success within the academy or broader communities of education policy and practice. In your statement describe: What are the central concerns and questions you address in your work? How does your scholarly and professional work contribute to CAE’s mission? What would you contribute to the cohort of fellows, if you are selected, and to the larger CAE community? Think about your contributions in terms of the things you know and care about, and how you would bring those perspectives to the work. What mentoring supports do you think might help you in order to make such contributions?

Selection procedure: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of established CAE scholars, chaired by the immediate past-president of CAE. The review process takes into account the quality of the application, the fit between CAE’s mission and the applicant’s work, and the potential benefits of mentoring. The selection committee will seek to ensure that a broad range of interests are represented within the selected cohort.

Application Deadline: October 16, 2020

Applicants notified by: October 23, 2020

Submit applications to: Peter Demerath, Past President of CAE:

Call for Nominations: Douglas Foley Early Career Award


Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career in educational anthropology, this award is named in honor of Douglas Foley, whose critical-ethnographic scholarship on US culture, race, and inequality in schools advanced the field of educational anthropology and helped move it in the direction of social and racial justice. We seek nominations from scholars whose research reflects this tradition of critical engagement with culture and inequality, social change, and social justice in alignment with the CAE Mission.


At the time of nomination, the nominee must be within 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree and must be a member of the Council of Anthropology & Education.  Priority will go to applicants who have attended and presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and/or been active with the AAA/CAE community in alternative ways.

Nominations must include the following:

  • A letter of self-nomination explaining why this nominee is qualified to be recognized in this manner regarding sustained research and impact in educational anthropology (no more than 3 pages);

  • The nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages);

  • One representative scholarly publication by the nominee within the last 2 years

Please send nomination materials to Carla McNelly ( with the heading, CAE Early Career Award. The due date is September 18th, 2020.

Please contact the CAE Early Career Award Committee with any questions regarding the award process – Ariana Mangual Figueroa (, Carla McNelly (, and Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor (

The mission of the Council on Anthropology and Education is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.

Carla A. McNelly, Ph.D.