2010 Christine Wilson Award Winners

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2010 Christine Wilson Award (CWA) Student Paper Competition. The award is named in memory  of Dr. Christine Wilson (1919-2005) one of the scholars who began to connect the once disparate fields of nutrition, human behavior, and culture into the interdisciplinary field of nutritional anthropology—which strives to understand the reasons people eat what they do as well as when, how, and where they eat.  In her memory and honor, SAFN encourages contributions to the field and recognizes outstanding student achievement at the graduate and undergraduate level.  A total of eleven papers were submitted for this years’ competition with papers that presented original research on a host of food and/or nutrition- related topics.  Two selection committees formed by SAFN board members and eager volunteers reviewed and evaluated the work to identify the winning papers and their runners-up.  The students were recognized on Friday, November 19, during the SAFN business meeting at the American Anthropological Association Annual meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, La.

Graduate Students:

  • 1st Place: “Virginia Ham: the Local and Global of Colonial Foodways” by  Megan E.Edwards  of the University of Chicago.
  • Runner-Up: “The Refugees Dilemma: Constructing Identity through Cuisine at French Azilum” submitted by Maureen Costura of Cornell University.

    Mike McDonald and Maureen Costura

Undergraduate Students:

  • 1st Place: “Growing a New New Orleans: an Ethnography of the MareketUmbrella.org and the Crescent City Farmers Market” submitted by   Seth A. Gray of the University of New Orleans.

    Seth Gray and Mike McDonald
  • Runner-Up: ” Morality, Temperance and Immigration: American Prohibition and Racism in the 1920s” submitted by Andrew Flachs of Oberlin College.

The Christine Wilson Award committee encourages all students to look ahead to the 2011 competition which is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, full or part-time, attending an accredited academic program. This is a great opportunity to get your ideas into circulation. Your work may lead to the development of new methodology or provide new insight into a food-related topic or perhaps apply proven ideas or methods in a novel way.  Please look for announcements on the SAFN website for details on next year’s competition.

With Kind Regards,


Michael R. McDonald, Ph.D.

Chair, Christine Wilson Award Committee

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

posted by David Beriss

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