Society for Psychological Anthropology

2022 SPA Condon prize committee announcement

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and a one year membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The author must have been an undergraduate or graduate student during academic year 2021-2022. The author need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

2022 Condon Committee Members:

Whitney Duncan
Department of Anthropology
University of Northern Colorado

Beatriz Reyes-Foster
Department of Anthropology
University of Central Florida

Courtney Cecale (former prize winner!)

Department of Anthropology

University of North Texas

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

  1. The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.
  2. Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.
  3. Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide.
  4. Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to the Chair of the committee, Whitney Duncan at Do not submit papers directly to other committee members. The deadline is June 1, 2022.
  5. To submit, in the email to Dr. Duncan:
  • Subject line of the email should read “Condon Prize Submission.”
  • In the body of the email, provide the author’s name, permanent (not institutional) mailing address, email address, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper that is attached.
  • Confirm student status in the body of the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.
  • Ensure that no evidence of the author’s identity is evident in any way in the text of the Word document or by reference in the paper.

Please send your submissions to Whitney Duncan at by June 1, 2022.

Please direct any questions to Neely Myers, SPA’s Secretary, at

All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.