Diana Forsythe Prize

The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine. The prize is awarded annually at the AAA meeting by a committee consisting of one representative from the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) and two from CASTAC. It is supported by the General Anthropology Division (GAD) and Bern Shen.

2020 Forsythe Prize Winners

CASTAC, the General Anthropology Division (GAD) and the Society for the Anthropology of Work are happy to announce that this year’s Diana Forsythe Prize and Honorable Mention have been announced.

This year’s winner is:

Mythri Jegathesan’s, Tea and Solidarity

Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Post-War Sri Lanka will change how you think about structural violence, reproductive futurity, decolonial methodologies, and desire.

This year’s honorable mention goes to:


Alondra Nelson’s, The Social Life of DNA
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome is a thoughtful expose of anti-racist projects linked to cutting-edge genetic technologies. A subtle tale of science and justice. Timely, urgent, and profoundly important.

Congratulations to both winners, and thank-you to this year’s selection committee (Drs Eben Kirksey, Sareeta Amrute, and Caitrin Lynch).

A more detailed statement from the committee can be found on the GAD web page and at the SAW website.

Previous Winners

2019: Lily Irani for Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press 2019)

2018: Sara Ann Wylie, for Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds (Duke 2018)

2017: Sareeta Amrute, for Encoding Race, Encoding Class (Duke, 2016)

2016: Eben Kirksey for Emergent Ecologies (Duke, 2016)

2015: Gabriella Coleman for Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014)

2014: S. Lochlann Jain for Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013)

2013: Heather Paxson for The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012)

2012: Rene Almeling for Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011)

2011: Alexander Edmonds for Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2010)

2010: Elly Teman for Birthing a Mother, The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self (University of California Press, 2010)

2009: Emily Martin, for Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2008: João Biehl, for Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2007: Marcia Inhorn, for Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, religion and in vitro fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003)

2006: Jan English-Lueck, for Cultures@SiliconValley (Stanford University Press, 2002)

2005: Joe Dumit, for Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2004)

2003: Cori Hayden, for When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2003)

2002: Lucy Suchman, for the body of her work

2001: Stefan Helmreich, for Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (University of California Press, 1998)

2000: David Hess, for the body of his work

1999: Rayna Rapp, for Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Impact of Amniocentesis in America (Routledge, 1999).