Past Victor Turner Prize Winners




1st PrizeAlan MikhailMy Egypt ArchiveYale
20232nd Prize Naveeda KhanRiver Life and the Uprising of NatureDuke
20233rd PrizeMichael JacksonThe Genealogical Imagination: Two Studies of Life over TimeDuke
2023Honorable MentionLevi Vonk with Alex KirschnerBorder Hacker: A Tale of Treachery, Trafficking, and Two Friends on the RunBold Type Books



1st PrizeLucas BessireRunning Out: In Search of Water on the High PlainsPrinceton
20222nd Prize Tarini BediMumbai Taximen: Autobiographies and Automobilities in IndiaWashington
20223rd PrizeThuy Linh Nguyen TuExperiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of VietnamDuke U
2022Honorable MentionShannon DawdyAmerican Afterlives: Reinventing Death in the 21st CenturyPrinceton
2022Honorable MentionMelinda HinksonSee How We Roll: Enduring Exile between Desert and Urban AustraliaDuke

2022Honorable MentionChikako Ozawa-de SilvaThe Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Social Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary JapanCalifornia



1st PrizeAmy Moran-ThomasTraveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global EpidemicU California
20212nd Prize (tie)Laurence RalphThe Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police ViolenceU Chicago
20212nd Prize (tie)Alex BlanchettePorkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory FarmDuke U
2021Honorable MentionLi ZhangAnxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of PsychotherapyU California
2021Honorable MentionJohn Hartigan, JrShaving the Beasts: Wild Horses and Ritual in SpainU Minnesota



1st PrizeSarah E. WagnerWhat Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam WarHarvard U
20202nd PrizeCharles PiotThe Fixer: Visa Lottery ChroniclesDuke U
20203rd PrizeRebecca J. LesterFamished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in AmericaU California
2020Honorable MentionJason PineThe Alchemy of Meth: A DecompositionU Minnesota
2020Honorable MentionDána-Ain DavisReproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature BirthNYU
20191st PrizeElizabeth Ferry and Stephen FerryLa BateaRed Hook
20192nd PrizeDidier FassinPrison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral ConditionPolity
20193rd PrizeIeva JusionyteThreshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico BorderU California
2019Honorable MentionChandra D. BhimullEmpire in the Air: Airline Travel and the African DiasporaNYU
2019Honorable MentionChip ColwellFractured Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s CultureU Chicago
2019Honorable MentionAmira MittermaierGiving to God: Islamic Charity in Revolutionary TimesU California
20181st PrizeKatherine VerderyMy Life as a Spy: Investigations in a Secret Police FileDuke U
20182nd PrizePiers VitebskyLiving without the Dead: Loss and Redemption in a Jungle CosmosU Chicago
20183rd PrizeEllen WilesThe Invisible CrowdHarper Collins
2018Honorable MentionSusan Helen EllisonDomesticating Democracy: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in BoliviaDuke U
20171st PrizeEmma TarloEntanglement: The Secret Lives of HairOneworld
20172nd PrizeAnand PandianReel World: An Anthropology of CreationDuke U
20173rd PrizeRobert DesjarlaisSubject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist WorldU Chicago
2017Honorable MentionDavid HughesEnergy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and ComplicityDuke U
2017Honorable MentionJanet McIntoshUnsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White KenyansU California
20161st PrizeAnna Lowenhaupt TsingThe Mushroom at the End of the WorldPrinceton U
20162nd PrizeCristiana GiordanoMigrants in Translation: Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary ItalyU California
20163rd PrizeAimee Meredith CoxShapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of CitizenshipDuke U
20151st PrizeLisa StevensonLife Beside ItselfU California
20152nd PrizeLucas BessireBehold The Black CaimanU Chicago
20153rd PrizeLaurence RalphRenegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland ChicagoU Chicago
20141st PrizeS. Lochlann JainMalignant: How Cancer Becomes UsU California
20142nd PrizeAnand Pandian and M.P. MariappanAyya’s Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern IndiaIndiana U
20143rd PrizeZareena GrewalIslam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of AuthorityNYU
20131st PrizeJulie LivingstonImprovising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer EpidemicDuke U
20132nd PrizeChristine WalleyExit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial ChicagoU Chicago
20133rd PrizeKenneth T. MacleishMaking War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military CommunityPrinceton U
20121st PrizeAngela GarciaThe Pastoral Clinic. Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio GrandeU California
20122nd PrizeMark AuslanderThe Accidental Slaveowner. Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American FamilyU Georgia
20123rd PrizeDaniel ReichmanThe Broken Village: Coffee, Migration, and Globalization in HondurasCornell U
20111st PrizeNeni PanourgiáDangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the StateFordham U
20112nd PrizeAmira MittermaierDreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the imaginationU California
2011specialShirleen Smith and Vuntut GwitchinPeople of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in EldersU Alberta
2010WinnerTracey HeatheringtonWild Sardinia: Indigeneity and the Global Dreamtimes of EnvironmentalismU Washington
2010Honorable MentionLaurie A. WilkieThe Lost Boys of Zeta Psi: A Historical Archaeology of Masculinity at a University FraternityU California
2010specialHugh RafflesInsectopediaRandom
2009WinnerMatthew EngelkeA Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African ChurchU California
2009Honorable MentionBillie Jean IsbellFinding CholitaU Illinois
2008WinnerRichard PriceTravels with Tooy: History, Memory and the African ImaginationU Chicago
2008Honorable MentionAnn Fienup-RiordanYuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely LiveU Washington
2008Honorable MentionHarry G. WestEthnographic SorceryU Chicago
2007WinnerIra BashkowThe Meaning of Whitemen: Race and Modernity in the Orokaiva Cultural WorldU Chicago
2007Honorable MentionRoy R. GrinkerUnstrange Minds: Remapping the World of AutismBasic Books
2006WinnerJulie CruikshankDo Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social ImaginationU Washington
2006Honorable MentionPiers VitebskyThe Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in SiberiaHoughton Mifflin
2005WinnerBill MaurerMutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral ReasonPrinceton U
2005Honorable MentionJoao BiehlVita: Life in a Zone of Social AbandonmentU California
2005Honorable MentionMichael JacksonIn Sierra LeoneDuke U
2004WinnerJohn M. ChernoffHustling Is Not Stealing: Stories of an African Bar GirlU Chicago
2004Honorable MentionWilliam MazzarellaShoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary IndiaDuke U
2003co-WinnerAlan KlimaThe Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with the Dead in ThailandPrinceton U
2003co-WinnerHugh RafflesIn Amazonia: A Natural HistoryPrinceton U
2003Honorable MentionJudith FarquharAppetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist ChinaDuke U
2003Honorable MentionThomas BuckleyStanding Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990U California
2003Honorable MentionMichael J. LambekThe Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanqa, MadacascarPalgrave Macmillan
2002WinnerHenry S. SharpLoon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene CommunityU Nebraska
2002Honorable MentionMary WeismantelCholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the AndesU Chicago
2002Honorable MentionCatherine LutzHomefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth CenturyBeacon
2001WinnerTanya M. LuhrmannOf Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American PsychiatryPicador
2001Honorable MentionRoy R. GrinkerIn the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. TurnbullSt. Martin’s
2001Honorable MentionSetha LowOn the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and CultureU Texas
2000WinnerCheryl MattinglyHealing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of ExperienceCambridge U
1999co-WinnerJean L. BriggsInuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year-OldYale
1999co-WinnerRobert DesjarlaisShelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the HomelessU Penn
1999Honorable MentionRalph CintronAngel’s Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life and the Rhetorics of the EverydayBeacon
1999Honorable MentionMichael StewartThe Time of the GypsiesWestview
1998WinnerLawrence CohenNo Aging in India: Alzheimer’s, The Bad Family, and Other Modern ThingsU California
1998Honorable MentionKathleen StewartA Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an “Other” AmericaPrinceton U
1998Honorable MentionRobin Ridington and Dennis HastingsBlessing for a Long Time: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha TribeU Nebraska
1997WinnerKeith H. BassoWisdom Sits in Prizes: Landscape and Language Among the Western ApacheU New Mex
1997Honorable MentionAndrew ShyrockNationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal JordanU California
1996WinnerCarol B. StackCall to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural SouthBasic Books
1996Honorable MentionLaura R. GrahamPerforming Dreams: Discourses of Immortality among the Xavante Indians of Central BrazilU Texas
1996Honorable MentionPhilippe BourgoisIn Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El BarrioCambridge U
1995WinnerMargaret WienerVisible and Invisible Realms: Power, Magic and Colonial Conquest in BaliU Chicago
1995Honorable MentionMayfair Mei-Hui YangGifts, Favors and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in ChinaCornell U
1995Honorable MentionSusan Brett-SmithThe Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and GenderCambridge U
1995Honorable MentionAnn Fienup-RiordanBoundaries and Passages: Rule and Ritual in Yupik Eskimo Oral TraditionU Oklahoma
1995Honorable MentionJosé LimónDancing with the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas.U Wisconsin
1994co-WinnerLila Abu-LughodWriting Women’s Worlds: Bedouin StoriesU California
1994co-WinnerMary Margaret SteedlyHanging without a Rope: Narrative Experience in Colonial and Postcolonial KarolandPrinceton U
1994Honorable MentionMartha BalshamCancer in the Community: Class and Medical AuthoritySmithsonian Inst
1994Honorable MentionRuth BeharTranslated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s StoryBeacon
1994Honorable MentionAnna Lowenhaupt TsingIn the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-way PrizePrinceton U
1993WinnerAlma Gottlieb and Philip GrahamParallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter AfricaU Chicago
1992co-WinnerKaren McCarthy BrownMama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in BrooklynU California
1992co-WinnerJim WaferThe Taste of Blood: Spirit Possession in Brazilian CandombleU Penn
1992Honorable MentionClaire FarrerLiving Life’s Circle: Mescalero Apache CosmovisionU New Mex
1992Honorable MentionC. Nadia SeremetakisThe Last Word: Women, Death and Divination in Inner ManiU Chicago
1992Honorable MentionMargaret TrawickNotes on Love in a Tamil FamilyU California
1991WinnerDennis TedlockDays from a Dream AlmanacU Illinois
1991Honorable MentionDeborah B. Gewertz and Frederick ErringtonTwisted Histories, Altered Contexts: Representing the Chambri in a World SystemCambridge U
1991Honorable MentionMiles RichardsonCry Lonesome, and Other Accounts of the Anthropologist’s ProjectSUNY
1991Honorable MentionCarol LadermanTaming the Wind of Desire: Psychology, Medicine and Aesthetics in Malay Shamanistic PerformanceU California
1990WinnerKirin NarayanStorytellers, Saints and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious TeachingU Penn
1990Honorable MentionBarbara BodeNo Bells to Toll: Destruction and Creation in the AndesCharles Scribner’s Sons
1990Honorable MentionMichael JacksonPaths towards a Clearing: Radical Empiricism and Ethnographic EnquiryIndiana U
1990Honorable MentionDorinne KondoCrafting Selves: Power, Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese WorkPrizeU Chicago
1990Honorable MentionSmadar LavieThe Poetics of Military Occupation: Mzeina Allegories of Bedoin Identity under Israeli and Egyptian RuleU California