Graduate Student Paper Awards

The deadline for submission of graduate student papers is AUGUST 1, 2019 

The Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), an interest group of the
Society for Medical Anthropology, is delighted to announce our 18th annual
award competition for the best graduate student paper on anthropology and
reproduction. Submissions from all anthropological subdisciplines are

Criteria on which the papers will be judged:

  • Ethnographic richness based on original fieldwork
  •  Anthropological methodology
  •  Linkage of work to literature in anthropology and reproduction
  •  Effective use of theory and data
  •  Originality/Creativity
  •  Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument

The papers will be read by a committee of CAR members. The author of the
winning paper will receive a cash award of approximately $250. The winner will
be announced in both the CAR Newsletter and at the American Anthropological
Association Annual Meeting in 2019, and an abstract will be published in the
CAR Newsletter.

All submissions must be received by August 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm, and can be
submitted at any time before the deadline. Please send two files, preferably in
PDF: 1) the paper with no identifying information, and 2) a cover page that
includes your name, mailing address, email address, and school affiliation. Email
submission of .pdf files is preferred; if that presents a hardship, please contact

Please send electronic copies to the Co-Chair of the CAR Graduate Student Paper
Competition Committee:

Elyse Singer

Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

455 W Lindsey St, Norman, OK 73069


Joanna Mishtal

Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida

4297 Andromeda Loop N., Orlando, FL 32816

Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 9,000 words including
references, and references should be formatted in American Anthropologist style. Papers already published or accepted for publication at time of submission are not eligible.

1) Can the paper be a critical synthetic review of literature? No, the paper
needs to be based on original research conducted by the author.
2) Can the author graduate before the submission deadline and still be
considered? Yes, as long as the paper is submitted prior to graduation.
3) Can the author be an undergraduate? No. The author must be a
graduate student.
4) Can the paper be under review but not accepted? Yes.
5) Can the submission be emailed? Emailed is preferred, but print copies
are allowed.
6) Can the paper be co-authored? The paper can be co-authored, if the
student is the primary author and can attest to at least 50% of the data
collection and analysis and at least 75% of the writing.
7) Can a previous winner submit in another year? No.
8) Can the author be from a program that is interdisciplinary? Yes, if the
student’s primary disciplinary orientation is anthropology. Note that
papers are judged using anthropological research and writing standards
and by anthropologists.
Questions may be directed to Joanna Mishtal at or
Elyse Singer at

Past Winners:

Seventeenth Annual Winner, 2018

Winner: Charlotte Waltz, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Department of Anthropology

Paper: “Moral Regimes and Public Discourses: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Activism in Cork, Ireland,”

was selected as the winner of the 2018 CAR Graduate Student Paper Award.

Runner-Up: Tessa Moll, University of Cape Town, South Africa, School of African and Gender Studies, and Anthropology and Linguistics.

Paper title: “Making a Match: Curating Race in South African Gamete Donation”

Sixteenth Annual Winner, 2016

Elyse Singer from the University of Washington in St. Louis for her paper, “Legalizing Sin: Abortion Reform and Reproductive Governance in Mexico”.

Fifteenth Annual Winner, 2015

Risa Cromer from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, for her paper, “Saved: Race, Reproductive Politics, and Leftover Frozen Embryos in the Wake of IVF in the United States”

Fourteenth Annual Winners, 2014

Gareth M. Thomas from the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences for his paper, “Dirt, Douglas and Down’s Syndrome: Classifying a Complex Condition in UK Antenatal Care” (first place)

Rosalynn Adeline Vega from the UC Berkeley, UCSF, Center for Superior Research and Studies in Social Anthropology for her paper, “Obstetrics in a Time of Violence: Mexican Midwives Critique Routine Hospital Practices” (runner-up)

Thirteenth Annual Winners, 2013

Sebastian Mohr and Tara Sheoran

Twelfth Annual Winner, 2012

Kathryn Goldfarb for her paper, “Replacement and Remediation: Loss and the Pleasures of the Genealogical”

Eleventh Annual Winner, 2011

Tenth Annual Winner, 2010
Shana Fruehan Sandberg from the University of Chicago for her paper, “Resisting Intervention, (En)trusting My Partner: Unmarried Women’s Narratives about Contraceptive Use in Tokyo”

Ninth Annual Winner, 2009
Junjie Chen from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for his paper, “‘What Counts as a ‘Family Line?’: Reproductive Politics and Class Differentiations in Postsocialist Rural China”

In special recognition of her excellent paper, we created an Honorable Mention category this year for Mara Buchbinder from UCLA for her paper, “Reproductive Technologies and the Dream of the Perfect Child Revisited”

Eighth Annual Winner, 2008
Lauren Fordyce at University of Florida for her paper, “Choices: The Moral Discourse of Abortion”

Seventh Annual Winner, 2007
No award this year.

Sixth Annual Winners, 2006
Heide Castañeda from the University of Arizona for her paper, “Pregnancy, Race, and Citizenship: Undocumented Migrant Women in Berlin, Germany”

Elise Andaya from New York University for her paper, “Reproducing the Revolution: Local Practices and Global Politics in Prenatal Care in Havana, Cuba”

Fifth Annual Winner, 2005
Susi Krehbiel for her paper, ‘Women do What They Want’: Family Planning and Islam in Northern Tanzania

Fourth Annual Winner, 2004
No award this year.

Third Annual Winner, 2003
Helene Goldberg for her paper, “The Man in the Sperm – Silenced Male Infertility in Israel.”

Second Annual Winner, 2002
Elly Teman for her paper, “The Medicalization of “Nature” in the Artificial Body: Surrogate Motherhood in Israel.”

First Annual Winner, 2001
Susan Erikson was the winner of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) First Annual Student Paper Award for her submission, “German Prenatal Diagnostic Technology use a Decade after die Wende: ‘Old’ Differences in the ‘New’ Vaterland.”