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The Malcolm McFee Memorial Endowment Award

The McFee Award, named after a cultural anthropologist who taught in the Department from 1965 to 1982, is one of two annual competitions for best research paper by an anthropology graduate student. The competition takes place in the winter or spring term. Applications are evaluated by the Departmental Awards Committee. The winner of this prize typically presents his or her paper at a Departmental Colloquium during the following academic year.

Recent recipients

2017: Tobin Hansen, “The Moral Politics of “Criminal Alien” Deportations: Social Citizenship and Legal Exclusions.”

2017 Honorable Mention: Nikki Cox, “Tangible Communitas”: The Los Angeles Wisdom Tree, Folklore, and Non-Religious Pilgrimage.”

2016: Colin Brand, “Genetic inference of demography in the Iyema bonobo (Pan paniscus) community at the Lomako Forest Reserve, DRC.”

2015: Evan Simons, “Constructing cranial ontogenetic trajectories: a comparison of growth, development and chronological age proxies using a known-age sample of Macaca mulatta.”

2014: Mu-Lung Hsu, “Whose Permanent Home: Myanmar’s ‘Foreign’ Races, ‘Indigenous’ Races, and the Myth of Indigeneity.”

2013: Theresa Gildner, “Effect of sleep quality and duration on cognitive function among older adults from five middle income countries: Results from the Study on global AGEing and adult health”

2013: Noah Simons, “Genetic diversity of North American captive-born gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)” The paper was recently published in Ecology and Evolution.