The Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology was
initiated by royalties from Applied Anthropology in America (Elizabeth M.
Eddy and William L. Partridge, eds., 1978), a volume dedicated to Solon
Kimball, "who taught that the study of human behavior should be of
service to people." The award has been presented every other year since
1984 at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. Through
the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Solon T. Kimball Award for
Public and Applied Anthropology now provides a $1000 prize.
The Kimball Award offers an opportunity to honor exemplary
anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements that have contributed
to the development of anthropology as an applied science and have had
important impacts on public policy. The range of eligible nominees is
unusually broad: the Kimball Award can be given to individuals or to a
team (including collaborators outside of anthropology) and is not
restricted by nationality, anthropological specialization, or type of
employment. The anthropological contribution may be theoretical or
methodological. The impact on public policy may be in any area, domestic
or international, for example biodiversity, climate change, energy,
international relations, medicine, public health, language conservation,
education, criminal justice, development, or cultural heritage.
Nominations recognizing disciplinary path-breakers who are shaping and
strengthening the discipline of anthropology, and which honor those who
might otherwise be overlooked, are especially encouraged. Nominees
for the Kimball Award may be proposed by others, or may be self-nominated.
The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2012. The recipient of the Solon
T. Kimball Award will be presented in a ceremony at the 2012 Annual
Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco, CA,
For further information, contact Susan Abbott-Jamieson, Chair,