2024 Douglas Foley Early Career Award


Established to honor an individual in the early stages of their 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. The Douglas Foley Early Career Award Committee seeks 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.    


Eligible nominees must be within 10 years after receiving their doctoral degree and must be members of the Council of Anthropology & Education at the time of nomination.  Priority will go to applicants who have been actively engaged with the CAE/AAA either in-person or virtually, through presentations or in alternative ways. We encourage applicants from academia, including junior faculty and lecturers, as well as other types of employment such as K-12 and non-profits.  Applicants may be working in the US or anywhere in the world. Members of less-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 

Along with the award, this year’s winner will receive $500 in cash at the AAA Conference in Tampa, Florida, November 20-23, 2024. 

Nominations must include the following:

  • A letter of self-nomination (no longer than 3 pages) explaining why this nominee is qualified to be recognized for this award. The letter should describe the nominee’s sustained career in educational anthropology, with impacts that span research, teaching, and/or service, emphasizing critical engagement with culture and inequality, social change, and justice;   
  • The nominee’s most recent brief curriculum vitae (3-5 pages); 
  • One recent scholarly publication by the nominee that illustrates their work in the areas noted above, i.e. critical engagement with culture and inequality, social change, and justice. 

Please send nomination materials to Rosemary Henze (rosemary.henze@sjsu.edu) with the heading, CAE Early Career Award. The due date is Monday, July 15th, 2024.   

For any questions regarding the CAE Early Career Award Committee, kindly contact the Committee Chair, Rosemary Henze (rosemary.henze@sjsu.edu). 

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.

Previous Winners Include:

2023 – Jennifer Stacy
2022 – Michelle Bellino
2021 – Gabrielle Oliveira
2020 – Blanca Caldas Chumbes