Department of anthropology graduate student at UGA wins national writing award

Department of anthropology graduate student at UGA wins national writing award, giving UGA two top-place finishes in consecutive years

Athens, Ga. – A University of Georgia department of anthropology graduate student has won the American Anthropological Association’s annual award for writing on anthropology and the environment. This is the second year in a row that a UGA anthropology student has taken this competitive award; only one graduate student in the nation receives the Roy A. Rappaport Prize each year.

Eial Dujovny is the 2008 Rappaport winner for his paper on political ecology in India. He is writing his dissertation following his research into the social and environmental repercussions from the introduction of aquaculture in coastal Orissa, India. A native of Detroit, he will pursue a career in academia.

Sarah Hunt won the 2007 award for her writing on ecosystem science and engineering. She is interested in environmental decision making relating to science and technology.

Both Dujovny and Hunt are students of Peter Brosius. Brosius studied under Rappaport at the University of Michigan. Rappaport was widely recognized as a pioneer in ecological anthropology. Brosius’ own work and that of his students reflects and broaden that focus.

In addition to a cash award, the Rappaport Prize winner receives both travel funding to present his or her paper to the annual national meeting of the AAA and assistance to prepare the winning work for publication.