2023 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 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 Allison Mattheis (amatthe5@calstatela.edu) with the heading, CAE Early Career Award. The due date is Monday, July 10th, 2023.  

For any questions regarding the CAE Early Career Award Committee kindly contact the Committee chair, Allison Mattheis (amatthe5@calstatela.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