International Competition

OVERVIEW: The California Series in Public Anthropology encourages professional scholars in a range of disciplines to discuss major public issues in ways that help the broader public understand and address them.

Based on a decade of success, the California Series in Public Anthropology’s International Competition initiated a new competition starting in 2012 that emphasizes short books for undergraduates focused on how social scientists are successfully facilitating change. We are looking for accessible, grounded accounts that present compelling stories as well as offer enough interpretation to make these books useful in undergraduate courses. . . .
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 2013 Competition Winner:

“Everybody Counts: How Scientists Document the Unknown Victims of Political Violence by Ann Harrison


2012 Competition Winner:

A Haitian Tree Battle: Anthropology and the Devastated Forest by Gerald F. Murray


2011 Competition Winners:

(a) Victims No Longer: Trafficked Children into the United States by Elzbieta M. Gozdziak

(b) “Yahoo-Yahoo”: The Nigerian Hacker and the 419 Underground Economy of Internet Fraud by Kamela Heyward-Rotimi

(c) Esperanza: Health and Human Rights on a Dominican Batey by David Simmons


2009 Competition Winner:

“When I Wear My Alligator Boots”: Narcotrafficking in the US-Mexico Borderlands by Shaylih Muehlmann


2008 Competition Winner:

I Did It To Save My Life: Morality and Survival in Sierra Leone by Catherine Bolton