2019 SHA Prize Winners

Victor Turner Prize In Ethnographic Writing

  • 1st Place: Elizabeth Ferry & Stephen Ferry for La Batea (2017 Red Hook Press)
  • 2nd Place: Didier Fassin for Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (2017 Polity Press)
  • 3rd Place: Ieva Jusionyte for Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border (2018 Univ California Press)
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Chandra D. Bhimull. Empire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African Diaspora (2017 NYU Press)
    • Chip Colwell. Fractured Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (2017 Univ Chicago Press)
    • Amira Mittermaier. Giving to God: Islamic Charity in Revolutionary Times (2019 Univ California Press)

Ethnographic Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

  • 1st Place: Miriam Jerotich Kilimo for “Rebirth”
  • 2nd Place: Sowparnika Balaswaminathan for “The Outsiders”
  • 3rd Place: Laura S. Grillo for “The Boiling Cauldron”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Gemma Louise Williams for “We’re All Strangers Here”
    • Steven Gonzalez for “Silicon Fox”
    • Taylor Hazan for “Ethnography of a Stone”


  • 1st Place: Casey Golomski for 3 poems:
    • “Police / Matsapha, Swaziland, 28 July 2008”
    • “Phenomena / Matsapha, Swaziland, 19 August 2008”
    • “Personification / Ludwala, Swaziland, 23 December 2009”
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