The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize

The 2017 Call for Submissions will be announced soon!

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. Papers are judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant L/G/B/T/Q and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of queer studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness.

Payne Prize Winners

2016

Michael Pierson (MAPSS – University of Chicago)
“Viscous Frictions and Vagabond Friendships: Affecting Public Intimacy at Salonathon”

2015

Shunyuan Zhang (Emory University)
“Debris and Desire: Negotiating Erotic Spaces in Kunming, China”

Honorable Mention:

Erin Durbin-Albrecht (Illinois State University)
“The Sexual Politics of Rescue: The Global LGBTQI and Postcolonial Homophobia after the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti”

2013

Brandon Davis (Princeton University)
“Desiring Israel: Gays, Jews and Homonationalism”

Honorable Mentions:

Janelle Lamoreaux (University of California San Francisco/Berkeley)
“Fishing for Affinity: Genders Benders and Environmental Activism in China”

Jack Dunn (King’s College, University of Cambridge)
“Fields of Masculinity: Imagining Queer Masculinity in Photography”

2012

Natalie Newton (University of California, Irvine)
“Contingent Invisibility: Space, Community, and Invisibility for Les in Saigon”

Honorable Mentions:

Ryan Richard Thoreson (Oxford University)
“On Panics, Pronouns, and Power: Transnational LGBT NGOs as Nodes in Networks of Knowledge”

Jake Silver (Reed College)
“Intimacy and Assemblage: The Commodity of Queerness in Israel and Abroad”

2011

Eric Plemons (University of California-Berkeley)
“Sexing the Face: Of Bones and Other Materials in the Making of Facial Feminization Surgery”

Jia Hui Lee (HarvardUniversity)
“‘Accept them as they are’: Lelaki Lembut as a Category of Effeminacy in Malaysia”

Honorable Mention:

Delwar Hussain (Kings College, Cambridge University)
“‘We Have the Bodies of Men, but the Hearts and Minds of Females’: Sexual Lives and Respectability on the Bangladesh-India Border”

2010

Zethu Matebeni (Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research)
“It’s all about 50/50: Sex, intimacy and pleasure in black lesbian relationships in Johannesburg.”

Honorable Mentions:

Ben Colburn (Brown University)
“Unfair 
Standards: Observations on the Production of Political Rifts Within Transgender Communities in the Greater Boston Area.”

Randall Jenson’s (DePaul University)
50 Faggots (documentary film)

2009

Gregory Mitchell (Northwestern University)
“TurboConsumers™ in Paradise: Neoliberalism, Civil Rights, and Brazil’s Gay Sex Tourist Industry”

Honorable Mentions: 

Layoung Shin (SUNY Binghamton)
“Becoming ‘Authentic’ Iban within ‘Contagious’ Iban Culture: Young Women’s Same Sex Relationship in South Korea”

Alexis Matza (University of Iowa)
“Maskulinity: The Strategic Use of Gender by Men”

2008

Jennifer L. Chase (UC Irvine)
“The Bird Carried Across:  Traditional Families, Modern Sex, and Belonging in Germany”

2007

John Cho (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“The Wedding Banquet Revisited: ‘Contract Marriages’ Between Korean Gays and Lesbians”

Chris Tan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“‘But They are Like You and Me’: Gay Civil Servants and Citizenship in a Cosmopolitanizing Singapore.

Honorable Mention:

Ryan Thoreson (Oxford University)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow Nation: Gay and Lesbian Rights in South Africa After a Decade of Democracy”

2006

Lucinda Ramberg (UC Berkeley)
“Medicalizing the Sacred Body: Subaltern Religiosity and Postcolonial Reform in South India”

Honorable Mention:

Natasha Sandraya Wilson (University of Iowa)
“Queer Situation: Poverty, Prisons, and Performances of Infidelity and Instability in the New Orleans Lesbian Anthem”

2005

Tomi Castle (University of Iowa)
“Sexualizing Citizenship: Identity Politics and Notions of the ‘Ideal Citizen’ in a Brazilian Lesbian Rights Organization.”

2004

Marcia Ochoa (Stanford University)
“Perverse Citizenship: Divas, Marginality, and Participation in ‘Loca-lization’”

Anthony Petro (University of Chicago)
“The Methodist Church, Progressive Politics, and God’s Love Subjects: Gay and Lesbian Activism in a Chicago Methodist Church”

2003

Sam Bullington (University of Minnesota)
“The Devil’s Deal of Cape Town: Race, Sexulaity, and the Limits of the Nation in Contemporary South Africa”

2002

Alyssa Cymene Howe (University of New Mexico)
“Queers and Televisionaries: The Strategics of Sexuality in Neoliberal Nicaragua”

1999

Lauren Hasten (Columbia University)
“Gender Pretenders: A Drag King Ethnography”

1998

Constance Sullivan-Blum (SUNY Binghamton)
“‘Child Molesters, Murderers, and Republicans’: Accepting Gay and Lesbian People into the ‘Full Life Church’”

1996

Niels Teunis (Northwestern University)
“Homosexuality in Dakar: Is the Bed the Heart of a Sexual Subculture?”
Printed in Journal of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identities 1(2): 153–169.

Peter A. Newman (University of Michigan)

1995

Patrick Larvie (University of Chicago)

1993

Deborah A. Elliston (New York University)
“‘Ritualized Homosexuality’ in Anthropology: Critiquing a Concept, Re-Situating Practice”

1992

Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Rochester)
“(R)effacing the ‘Gay’ Filipino: Resistance, Postcolonialsim, and Identity”

Robert J. Morris
“Smoking the Image: The Systematic Censoring of Homotextuality from the Canon of ‘Hawaiiana’”

1991

Dwayne C. Turner (UCLA)
“You Can Only Lead If We Follow: Internal Struggle of an AIDS Activist Group”

1990

Carolyn White (University of Wisconsin)
“The Making of History: A Political Process”

1989

Raleigh Watts (University of Washington)
“Gender Variance among Male Polynesians”

1988

Scott Bravman (UC Santa Cruz)
“Anthropology as Politics: Language, Culture and Lesbian/Gay Theorizing”