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UF Anthropologist Wins International Award

March 23, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Faye Harrison, a professor of African American studies and anthropology, has received the 2004 Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. The award is given annually in honor of a senior-level anthropologist who has made broad-based contributions to the field.

Harrison, who received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University in 1982, joined the UF faculty during the fall 2004 semester, after spending thirteen years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A political anthropologist, Harrison is recognized internationally for her work on the political economy of social inequality and human rights. In 2001, she presented her work on race and gender at the nongovernmental forum organized in conjunction with the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance. Her 1991 book, “Decolonizing Anthropology” changed the way North American anthropology is conducted.

“She has the rare distinction of being a productive and respected scholar, an award winning teacher and a beloved mentor, and a skilled leader who never loses sight of engaged activism,” said Lee D. Baker, SANA president and Duke University cultural anthropologist. “I think if you look closely at the depth and breadth of her research, selfless service, and gallant leadership, there are very few scholars who can match her inestimable energy and impact on the discipline of anthropology.”

When informed about being selected as an awardee, Harrison remarked that she was humbled but, more importantly, inspired to continue her work with even more determination. “I’m so pleased that my writings on racism, human rights, and the racial and gender politics of anthropology have had a positive effect,” she said.

Harrison will receive the award at the 2005 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 4.


Faye Harrison, Professor of African American studies and Anthropology, (352) 392-5724,

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