MIT Anthropology is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 James Howe Prize is Iris Sheu for her paper entitled "Patient Barriers to Mental Health Care for the Cambodian Population in Lowell, MA." Iris's paper was originally written for the Spring 2012 subject, 21A.300 Practicum in Global Health and Development. The selection prize committee recognizes the caliber of Iris's writing, the originality of her field research, her attention to history and judicious use of social theory, as well as the paper's contribution to contemporary literatures on immigrants and refugees. By suggesting interventions to improve communications between Cambodian populations and health care providers, her paper offers practical solutions to reduce disparities of health status and treatment affecting these populations in the United States. Finally, Iris Sheu's essay demonstrates how ethnographic methods can contribute to understandings of social experience more generally. In so doing, she has embodied the spirit of James Howe's exemplary writings. Congratulations!
The James Howe Prize is awarded each spring students interested in submitting work for the Prize can check back on this page for updated deadlines and information at the beginning of the spring semester.
The annual James Howe Prize honors the contributions of Professor of Anthropology James Howe, who retired in 2012. Professor Howe's scholarship has focused on the history and political struggles of the indigenous Kuna population in Panama. A renowned photographer and political activist, not only has Howe's ethnographic work supported the rights of the Kuna people, as a longstanding board member of Cultural Survival an organization that provides support to and advocates on behalf of the linguistic, cultural, and property rights of indigenous populations around the world Howe has promoted human rights throughout his distinguished career.
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.
Works that have been published previously are not eligible for submission.
Papers may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.
The studentís name should not appear anywhere on the paper itself.
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