Awards & Grants

 

National and International Honors and Awards for Research and Writing (Selected)

The Restless Anthropologist: New Fieldsites, New Visions was listed as one of 12 anthropology “Core Titles for 2012” by YBP Library Services.

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The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa was the Highly Commended Runner-up for the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology for 2004 from the Royal Anthropological Institute.

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Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (co-edited with Thomas Buckley, 1988) received the first Most Enduring Edited Collection Award from the Council for the Anthropology of Reproduction (American Anthropological Association) in 2002.
Blood Magic-CAR Prize, Most Enduring Influence

Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa (co-authored with Philip Graham) received the 1993 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (American Anthropological Association). $500.

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Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation (co-edited with Thomas Buckley) was listed by Choice (May 1989) as one of ten Outstanding Academic Books in Anthropology published in 1988.

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“Pregnant Sex, Menstrual Sex, and the Cuisine of Menstruation: The Beng Case” received the 1982 Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Northeastern Anthropological Association. $100.

“Men, Women, and Soul Power: A New Look at the Jivaro” received the 1975 Undergraduate Student Paper Prize from the Northeastern Anthropological Association. $100.

 

National Fellowships and Grants (Selected)

Residency fellowship at Marbach Castle and Conference Centre (Germany) awarded by the Jacobs Foundation (Zurich) to complete A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Nine Societies (fully revised second edition, co-edited with Judy DeLoache), August 2015.

Faculty Research/Course Development Grant from the European Commission/U.S. Department of Education (via the European Union Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) to conduct fieldwork among Cape Verdean immigrants in Lisbon and develop a course on New African Immigrants in the New Europe during summer 2012. $7,500.

Faculty Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct fieldwork among Cape Verdean immigrants in Lisbon during summer 2006. $5,000.

Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to write The Afterlife Is Where We Come From during 1999. $50,000.

Faculty Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write The Afterlife Is Where We Come from during summer 1996. $4,000.

Small Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to conduct fieldwork on Beng infants during summer 1993. $9,000.

Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research cultural constructions of Beng infancy during AY 1992-93. $30,000.

Faculty Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to write Parallel Worlds (co-authored with Philip Graham) during summer 1991. $4,000.

Faculty Fellowship from the Travel to Collections Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research in the French National Archives (Overseas Section, Paris) on colonial-era Beng society during summer 1985. $500.

Dissertation Grant in Women’s Studies from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to write my dissertation during AY 1982-83. $1,000.

Constance L. Tomkies Endowed Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to write my dissertation during AY 1982-83. $5,500.

International Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Africa Program of the Social Science Research Council to conduct 2 weeks of research in Paris + 15.5 months of doctoral fieldwork among the Beng of Côte d’Ivoire + 6 months of dissertation write-up during 1979-81. $17,972.

Herbert Lehmann Fellowship awarded by the State of New York for four years of graduate study in any field at any university in New York state, 1975-79. (Declined, to attend graduate school out of state.) $20,000.

Philip Francis duPont Fellowship awarded by the Graduate College of the University of Virginia to pursue doctoral study in the Department of Anthropology during 1975-78. $3,224/yr.

New York State Regents Scholarship and Incentive Award for four years of undergraduate study at Sarah Lawrence College during 1971-75.

Undergraduate student grant from the National Science Foundation to participate in a University of Arizona Field School in Archaeology (Snowflake, AZ), directed by John Fritz, summer 1974.

 

Fellowships and Grants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Selected)

Faculty Research Award from the Research Board to fund a Research Assistant during summer/fall 2010 and conduct fieldwork among Cape Verdeans of Jewish ancestry in Boston/Providence during spring/fall 2011. $8,255.

Faculty Award from the Humanities Release Time Program of the Research Board to support the writing of Braided Worlds (co-authored with Philip Graham) during spring 2007.

Arnold O. Beckman Research Award from the Research Board for a proposal “of special distinction, special promise, or special resource value” to support fieldwork with Cape Verdeans in Lisbon during summer/fall 2006. $10,530.

William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grant from International Programs and Studies to conduct fieldwork among Cape Verdean immigrants in Lisbon during summer 2006. $1,500.

Research Assistant Award from the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to assist me in work as president of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology during summer/fall 2004. $4,119.

Special Retention Award from the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to assist me in several research and writing projects and support the studies of a Beng student (Bertin Kouadio) during 1994-98. $20,000.

Course Development Grant from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to develop a new undergraduate course, Memoirs of Africa, during summer 1997. $5,353.

Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study to support the writing of The Afterlife Is Where We Come from during spring 1996. Half-year salary replacement + $9,000 supplement to Department of Anthropology.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to support the writing of The Afterlife Is Where We Come from during AY 1995-96. $4,418.

Course Development Grant from the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to develop a new undergraduate course, Images of the ‘Other’: Anthropological Perspectives, during summer 1995.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to support the writing of The Afterlife Is Where We Come from during AY 1994-95. $4,000.

Course Development Fellowship from the Program for the Study of Cultural Values and Ethics (with Professor Judy DeLoache, Dept. of Psychology, UIUC) to develop a new course on Infants and Young Children in Cross-Cultural Perspective during summer 1994. $5,000.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to process field data from summer 1993 research project on Beng infancy during AY 1993-94. $8,855.

William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grant from International Programs and Studies to support fieldwork on Beng infants in Côte d’Ivoire during summer 1993.

Grant from the United States Information Agency/Center for African Studies to support fieldwork on Beng infants in Côte d’Ivoire during summer 1993.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to conduct research on infancy in cultural perspective during AY 1992-93.

Faculty Fellowship from the Program for the Study of Cultural Values and Ethics (with Philip Graham) to support the writing of Parallel Worlds during spring 1991. Released time from teaching duties/salary replacement + supplement to department.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to support the writing of Beng-English Dictionary during AY 1989-90. $3,500.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to support the writing of Blood Magic and articles on Beng culture during summer 1986. $1,160.

Research Assistant Award from the Research Board to support the writing of Blood Magic and articles on Beng culture during 1985-86. $3,150.

Faculty Award from the Research Board to support field research among the Beng on changing architectural styles during summer 1985. $1,100.

Faculty Grant from the United States Information Agency, Linkage Agreement between UIUC and the National University of Ivory Coast for the Exchange of Scholars to consult with Ivorian scholars and conduct research among the Beng during summer 1985. $1,425.

Faculty Award from the Center for African Studies to conduct research among the Beng on changing architectural styles during summer 1985. $300.

William and Flora Hewlett International Summer Research Award from International Programs and Studies to conduct research among the Beng on changing architectural styles during summer 1985. $2,200.

 

Campus Honors and Awards for Teaching, Mentoring, and Administrative Service at the University of Illinois

Award for Distinguished Service through a Commitment to Teamwork and Leadership from the Department of Anthropology for service as Director of the Undergraduate Program during AY 2012-13.

Graduate Mentor Award from the Department of Anthropology, 2011.

Included 22 times in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students during 1985-2013 for teaching:

  • Cultural Images of Women (undergraduate class)
  • Memoirs of Africa (undergraduate honors seminar)
  • Women’s Lives (undergraduate honors seminar)
  • Ethnographic Writing (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Kinship/Culture/Africa (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Writing Ethnography (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Interpretive Anthropology (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Religions of Africa (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Religion in Anthropological Perspective (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Infants and Young Children in Cross-Cultural Perspective (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • African Immigrants in Europe (combined grad/upper-level undergrad seminar)
  • Explorations in Feminism and Postmodernism in Anthropology (doctoral seminar)
  • Feminism, Gender and Sexuality (doctoral seminar)
  • Kinship and Social Structure in Africa (doctoral seminar)
  • Research Proposal Seminar (doctoral seminar)
  • Dissertation Writing Workshop (doctoral seminar)

Faculty Mentor for the Teaching Academy of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to mentor four first-year assistant professors in other departments of the College during AY 2000-06.

Anthropology Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Anthropology for “meritorious service” as chair of the Financial Aid Committee during AY 2003-05.

Outstanding [Graduate] Mentor Award from the Graduate College, 2001.
UIUC Grad Coll Mentor Award Certificate

First Annual Mentor Award presented by the Graduate Anthropology Students Association of the Department of Anthropology, 1995.
UIUC ANTH Dept Mentor Award, 1995

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