Roy A. Rappaport Prize Competition

The Roy A. Rappaport Prize is an annual essay competition sponsored by the Anthropology and Environment Society, recognizing the work of graduate students working in the field of environmental anthropology. Follow the links below to learn more about their research. Visit the A&E webpage for more information on how to submit to this year’s competition.

Roy Rappaport Portrait, 1963. Roy Rappaport Papers. MSS 0516. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

2021 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Winner

Volumes: The Technical Politics of Mathematical Abstractions in Contemporary Peruvian Amazonia
by Eduardo Romero Dianderas, Columbia University

2021 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists

Muda da Maré: Environmental Change, Ecological Grief, and the Fishers and Marisqueiras of Pernambuco
by Shelly Annette Biesel, University of Georgia
Dredging as Common Ground: Geosocial Politics of Depth at Industrial Coastal Chennai
by Oviya Govindan, University of California at Irvine
Repairing Environmental Politics: Multispecies Healing in Ecuador’s Oil Frontier / Reinventando las Políticas Ambientales: La Recuperación de la Frontera Petrolera de Ecuador a Partir de un Enfoque Multiespecies
by Lindsay Ofrias, Princeton University
Perimeter Protection: The Resiliency of Plantation Infrastructures in the South Carolina Lowcountry
by Brian Walter, University of California at Santa Cruz

2020 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Winner

Becoming without: Rearing and Releasing Transgenic Mosquitoes in Brazil
by Luísa Reis-Castro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2020 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists

Fields of Vision: On Biodynamic Farming, Ecological Entanglement, and the Nature of Knowledge
by Bradley M. Jones, Washington University in St. Louis
The Toil of Waste: Wasting and Redemption in the Global E-Waste Economy
by Cynthia Morinville, University of Toronto
Freedom Rangers and Landscapes that Move People
by Daniel Schniedewind, University of California at Santa Cruz
Unsettling Soy: New Crops, Kin, and Conviviality on Mozambique’s Agribusiness Frontier
by Serena Stein, Wageningen University & Research

2019 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Winner

Plants, Pathogens, and the Politics of Care: Xylella fastidiosa and the Intra-Active Breakdown of Mallorca’s Almond Ecology
by Emily Reisman, University of California at Santa Cruz

2019 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists

Earth Displacements: Draining the Swamp in Southeast Sulawesi
by Joe Klein, University of California at Santa Cruz
Scandal, Blame, and the Politics of Contamination in Peru’s Quinoa Bust
by Emma McDonell, University of Tennesee at Chattanooga
Exceptional Geologies as Models for Life in Oklahoma’s “Fracking-Scenes”
by Lara Rodriguez, George Washington University
Anomalous Waste: Reckoning with Radioactivity in a Metal Scrap Market
by Ishani Saraf, University of California at Davis

2018 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Winner

This Is Not a Goldmine: Conservation, and the Politics of Recruitment in the Deep Bismarck Sea
by Patrick F. Nason, Columbia University

2018 Roy A. Rappaport Prize Finalists

Making Salt, Making Do: Rhythms of Resistance on Timorese Saltscapes
by Gillian Bogart, University of California at Santa Cruz
Pollution Made by Nature: The Circulation of Nitrate Knowledge in Iowa Agriculture and Conservation
by Brianna Farber, University of South Carolina
Tin: Bodies of Flesh and Ore
by Andrea Marston, University of California at Berkeley
A Plantation inside the Cow: Capitalist Indigestions and the Rumen Microbial Universe
by Katy Overstreet, University of California at Santa Cruz