Call for Nominations: 2021 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 four-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. Nominations for books that present work with indigenous communities and communities of color or that explore topics such as anti-blackness, migration, gender and sexuality, ableism, or similar subjects are highly encouraged.

Nomination Letter Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
Books received by Committee Members: No later than Mon., June 14, 2020

Instructions for nominators and nominees:

Send nomination letters by email to
Jen Stacy, Committee Chair

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 Monday, June 14, 2021.

The winners of the awards will be announced in the early fall of 2021.

Questions may be directed to Jen Stacy

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.

Call for Nominations: The 2021 George and Louise Spindler Award

Call for Nominations

The 2021 George and Louise Spindler Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award as a tribute to George and Louise Spindler in recognition of their significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. The purpose of this award is to honor scholars/practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology as researchers or as practitioners have been distinguished, exemplary, and inspirational.

This award will be presented during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) 2021.

To be eligible to receive the Spindler award, a candidate must excel in their contributions to educational anthropology, either as scholars or as practitioners. Their contributions must be widely recognized for having significantly advanced our knowledge of the study of educational processes, or for having significantly improved the quality of the design or delivery of educational services.

Nominations must include:
1) a letter that includes a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions,
2) the nominee’s CV.

These 2 items should be sent to the Committee Chair, Tricia Niesz,, by June 1st, 2021.

For a list of past recipients, please visit the CAE website.

Call for Nominations: Douglas Foley Early Career Award

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 Blanca Caldas Chumbes ( with the heading, CAE Early Career Award. The due date is May 31st.
Please contact the CAE Early Career Award Committee with any questions regarding the award process:

Foley Award Committee:

Blanca Caldas Chumbes (Co-chair)
Claudia Cervantes Soon (committee member)
Lucinda Pease Alvarez (Co-chair)
Cindy Cruz (committee member)
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.

2021 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award Call for Nominations!

2021 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award
Call for Nominations!

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award to recognize the author of an outstanding dissertation recently completed in the field of anthropology and education. It is named after esteemed educational anthropologist, Frederick Erickson, Professor Emeritus, UCLA GSEIS.

Any member of CAE in good standing can nominate a recently completed dissertation for this award.

A nominated dissertation should have been successfully defended no earlier than 3 calendar years prior to the year in which it is nominated.

Nominations should be uploaded through the google survey: by June 15, 2021. Please direct questions to CAE Dissertation Award Committee Chair, Deb Palmer,

Nomination Materials
Google Survey will ask for:
1. Nominee’s name, email address, and current role/position
2. Nominee’s dissertation title, institution from which nominee received the Ph.D., dissertation chair(s), and year degree was conferred
3. Nominator’s name, title/position, institution, and email address
4. Upload a 15-20-page (5,000 words maximum) abstract of the dissertation written by the nominee that includes (in whatever format is most appropriate for the dissertation) the researcher’s positionality/relation to the work, an overview of the methods, description of major findings, and implications/conclusions, including an articulation of the work’s contributions to the field of educational anthropology;
5. Upload a letter (3 pages maximum), from the nominator summarizing the strengths of the dissertation, including the strength of anthropological theory and method, scholarly excellence, the relevance to educational anthropology, innovative or insightful approaches, and implications for research and practice in the field of educational anthropology;

Evaluation Guidelines
The dissertation award committee will be guided by such considerations as:
1. The issue addressed in the study bridges the theories and practices of anthropology and education;
2. The author-researcher applies anthropological methods and concepts in handling and reporting data thoroughly and insightfully; and
3. The study is of high quality and makes an important contribution to the field.

A shortlist of finalists will be selected over the summer. Finalists will be asked to submit copies of their completed dissertation within 2 weeks of notification. The winner will be selected from among the finalists on the basis of a reading of the completed dissertation by all members of the award committee.

Membership in CAE

Thanks for your interest in this dissertation award; we can’t wait to welcome you and help build your community. We invite you to join our American Anthropological Association (AAA) community for as low as $49/year for graduate students, $50/year for retirees, and $59/year for professionals. When you join, you automatically receive access to membership in one or more of our specialized sections, you become a member of our community, and you obtain access to over 250,000 full-text articles in AnthroSource. Find the Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE) membership category at this section(s) link.

[Rubric for Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation competition]