The Leeds Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology(SUNTA) for the outstanding book in urban, national and/or transnational anthropology published in 2013. The prize is named in honor of the late Anthony Leeds, a distinguished pioneer in urban anthropology. The prize is awarded to a book that uses ethnographic data from complex, transnational, urban societies in methodological innovative ways. The goal of the prize is to showcase model studies that advance the research agenda of urban anthropologists. The prize committee is chaired by Robert Rotenberg and includes Philippe Bourgois, winner of the 2010 prize for Righteous Dopefiend (University of California Press), Danny Hoffman, winner of the 2012 prize for The War Machines (Duke University Press), and Daniel Goldstein, winner of the 2013 prize for Outlawed (Duke University Press).

  • This year’s deadline for submission is June 15, 2014. No books received after that date will be considered for the 2013 prize.
  • To be eligible for consideration a book must be relevant to the field of urban, national or transnational anthropology. The book must have a publication year of 2013. Textbooks and anthologies will not be considered, but monographs of original scholarship by more than one author may be submitted.
  • Winners must to be willing to serve on the prize selection committee for three years.
  • Prizes are awarded at the business meeting of the SUNTA at the American Anthropological Association meetings each year. Winners must be willing to have their prize acceptance remarks published in City and Society, SUNTA’s journal.
  • A letter of nomination (from an author, a colleague, or a publisher) is required only for those authors whose PhD is in a different discipline from anthropology. The letter should specify the relevance of the book for an urban anthropology prize.
  • Four copies of the book should be sent before June 15, 2014 to: Robert Rotenberg; Leeds Prize Committee; Department of Anthropology; DePaul University; 2343 N Racine Avenue; Chicago, IL 60614-3107
  • Please be sure that books’ package is clearly marked “Leeds Prize Committee.”
  • Please address all questions concerning the prize to Robert Rotenberg [].

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