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Graduate Student Paper Prize

In 2001, the ASA Board of Directors established an annual prize for the best graduate student paper. The prize is awarded at the Annual Meeting for an essay presented at the previous year’s Annual Meeting. Graduate students should submit papers they wish to be considered for the prize, together with a letter of support from their faculty adviser, by March 15 to the ASA. The letter of support provided by the faculty adviser should touch upon both the paper submitted and the Graduate student. The winning essay will be submitted to the African Studies Review for expedited peer review. If the essay is recommended for publication it will appear in the June issue following the Annual Meeting in which the prize is awarded.

It is the expectation that conference papers will be formalized into draft articles that are viable for publication. To prepare their papers for submission, graduate students should adhere to the “General Guidelines for Manuscripts” that are used by the African Studies Review.

To Submit: Graduate students should submit papers they wish to be considered for the prize by March 15, 2024 to admin@africanstudies.org.

2024 Committee
Anika Wilson (Chair)
Ruth Opara
Claudia Gastrow
Cajetan Iheka

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners

  • 2023

    Mahder Habtemariam Serekberhan, “Political Possibilities: The 2019 Sudanese Uprising” and Kuukuwa Manful, “Building Classes: Secondary Schools and Sociopolitical Stratification in Ghana.”

  • 2022

    Adaugo Pamela Nwakanma, “The Gendered Economics of Political Empowerment: Lessons from Nigeria, Africa’s Largest Economy”

  • 2021

    Justin Haruyama, “Shortcut English: A Pidgin Language and Symbolic Power at a Chinese-operated Mine in Zambia”

  • 2020

    Allen Xiao, “Lagos in Life: Placing Cities in Lived Experiences”

  • 2019

    Victoria Mary Gorham, “Displaying the Nation: Museums and Nation-Building in Tanzania and Kenya”

  • 2018

    Shaonan Liu, “Symbol of Wealth and Prestige: A Social History of Chinese-made Enamelware in Northern Nigeria”

  • 2017

    Amanda B. Edgell, “Vying for the ‘Man’s Seat’ – Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature for Non-Quota Seats in Uganda and Kenya”

  • 2016

    Moritz Nagel, “Precolonial Segmentation Revisited: Initiation Societies, Talking Drums and the Ngondo Festival in the Cameroons”

  • 2015

    Kathleen Klaus, “Contentious Land Claims and the Non-Escalation of Violence: Evidence from Kenya’s Coast Region”

  • 2014

    Catherine Porter, “Bound and Unbound Identities: The Reconstruction of Katanga’s Nationhood Struggle”

  • 2013

    Jamie Miller, “Yes, Minister: Reassessing South Africa’s Intervention in the Angolan Civil War”

  • 2011

    Noel Twagiramungu, “The Anatomy of Leadership: A view-from-within Post-genocide Rwanda”

  • 2010

    Laura Weinstein, “The Politics of Government Expenditures in Tanzania: 1999-2007”

  • 2009

    Bert Ingelaere, “Peasants, Power, and Ethnicity: Centre and Periphery in the Knowledge Construction in/on Post-Genocide Rwanda”

  • 2008

    Kristin D. Phillips, “Consuming the State: Hunger, Healing, and Citizenship in Rural Tanzania”

  • 2007

    Habtamu Mengistie Tegegne, “Revisiting Land Tenure in Eighteenth Century Gondärine Ethiopia: Zéga and the Land Charter of Däbrä-Sehay Qwesqwam Church”

  • 2006

    Severine Autesserre, “Local Violence, National Peace? Local Dynamics of Violence during the Transition in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo”

  • 2005

    Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, “’Dangerous Properties’: Poisoned Arrows and the Case of Strophanthus hispidus in Colonial Gold Coast, 1885 – 1922″

  • 2004

    Kristin E. Cheney, “Village Life is Better than Town Life’: identity, migration and development in the Lives of Ugandan child citizens”

  • 2003

    Staffan Lindberg, “The ‘Democraticness’ of Multiparty Elections: Participation, Competition, and Legitimacy in Africa”

  • 2002

    Benjamin Lawrance, “Le Revolte des Femmes: Economic Upheaval and the Gender of Political Authority in Lome, Togo, 1931-33”