James Howe Prize

MIT Anthropology James Howe Prize

Guidelines for Submission

Students may submit multiple entries. The topic is open.

Entries written for MIT Anthropology classes or as part of an undergraduate anthropology thesis (i.e. a thesis chapter) are eligible. Papers may be revisions of essays written and graded for MIT Anthropology subjects.

Works that have been published previously are not eligible for submission.

Papers should be at least 10 double-spaced pages in length, but must not exceed 25 pages.

Submissions must include a title, as well as a consistent and thorough citation style and bibliography. The student’s name should not appear anywhere on the paper itself.

Each paper should be submitted with a cover sheet that includes:

  • Student name:
  • Submission title:
  • Anthropology subject for which the submission was produced:
  • Major:
  • Expected year of graduation:
  • Email address:
  • Phone number:
  • Student ID number:

Please submit entries and cover sheets to: jhprize@mit.edu.

Please address questions to jhprize@mit.edu.


2019 James Howe Prize winners: Maryam Pervaiz and Leanne Wang

MIT Anthropology is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the 2019 James Howe Prize is Maryam Pervaiz. She wrote "Thar Badlay Ga Pakistan (Thar Will Change Pakistan): Thar Coal Mining and the 'Project Within a Project'" for 21A.400 The Stakes of International Development.

MIT Anthropology is also very pleased to announce that the second place goes to Leanna Maple Wang. Her paper, “Semantic Errors” was written for 21A.500 Technology and Culture.

Congratulations to both awardees!