David Hakken Graduate Student Paper Prize

Since 2015, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) has awarded a graduate student paper prize in recognition of excellent work by rising scholars. In 2016 the prize was renamed in honor of the memory of David Hakken, for his pioneering work at the intersection of ethnography and cyberspace.

The prize is awarded to a paper that exemplifies innovative research at the intersection of anthropology and science and technology studies, demonstrating theoretical sophistication and an appreciation of the methodological challenges facing the anthropology of science and technology.

The winner of the prize will be recognized during the AAA meetings and is sponsored by the AAA’s General Anthropology Division. They will also receive written feedback from the Prize Committee’s review of their paper.

2022 Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should be blinded, with the author’s name and any implicating citations removed.
  • Papers should have numbered pages.
  • Papers must be between 7,000 and 8,000 words, not including references.
  • Papers must be unpublished and not yet submitted for publication.
  • Papers must follow the guidelines for human subjects protocols as outlined by the American Anthropological Association and the author’s institution.
  • Authors must be graduate students at the time of submission.

The committee will be unable to consider any paper that does not follow these guidelines.

Submissions must be received using the online submission form by July 11 to be considered for this year’s prize. Any questions can be directed to Co-Chairs Patricia G. Lange and Baird Campbell at co-chairs@castac.org. The award will be presented at the CASTAC business meeting (date and time to be determined).

For more information about CASTAC, please browse our website. CASTAC also awards the Forsythe Prize, for 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. For more information on the Forsythe Prize, see the Forsythe Prize page.

2021 Prize Awardees

This year’s winner is Rae Jezera for their paper “I’m not this Person”: Racism, Content Moderators and Protecting and Denying Voice Online. Rae’s paper draws on their doctoral research on Facebook moderator’s labor conditions and was, in the committee’s view, a well constructed and clearly argued thesis that innovatively applied linguistic anthropological concepts and insights to an STS field.

The honourable mention is awarded to Caroline White-Nockleby for her paper, “A resource in and of itself” Grid-scale batteries and the politics of storage. The committee identifed this paper as showing merit for its creative mobilization of existing scholarship that extended our theoretical understandings of energy infrastructures.

Thank-you to the 2021 Hakken Prize Committee – Anna Weichselbraun, Ali Kenner and Shreeharsh Kelkar for their hard work in selecting this year’s winners.

Previous Prize Winners


Liliana Gil for “A Fablab in the Periphery: Decentering Innovation from São Paulo”

Jia-Hui Lee (Hon. Mention) for “Rodent Trapping and the Imagination of the Just Possible in Tanzania”


Alexandra Middleton for “The Datafication of Pain: Trials and Tribulations in Measuring Phantom Limb Pain.”

Stephen Paff (Hon. Mention) for “Anthropology by Data Science: The EPIC Project with Indicia Consulting as an Exploratory Case Study.”


Timothy McLellan for “Comparing Theories of Change: The Temporal Transformation of Scientific Practice.”

Laura Meek (Hon. Mention) for “The Grammar of Leprosy: Temporal Politics and an Impossible Subject.”


Nicole Welk-Joerger for “Achieving Eden in the Amish Anthropocene”

Héctor Beltran (Hon. Mention) for “Staging the Hackathon”


Kellie Owens for “Too Much of A Good Thing?: American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge.”

Shreeharsh Kelkar (Hon. Mention) for “Platformizing Pedagogy: MOOC Infrastructures and the Transformation of Roles.”


Risa Cromer for “Saved: Stem Cell Science, Christian Adoption, and Frozen Embryo Politics in the United States.”

Beth Reddy (Hon. Mention) “Misfires and Missed Opportunities: Personal and Population-Oriented Technologies Interface to Disseminate Mexico’s Earthquake Early Warning System Alerts.”