Ruth Benedict Prize

The Ruth Benedict Prize is an award given annually by the American Anthropological Association's "to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender topic". The award was established in 1986 in honor of anthropologist, Ruth Benedict (1887–1948) and is given in two separate categories: a monograph by a single author and an edited volume.[1][2]

List of winners

1986Walter L. WilliamsThe Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian CultureMonograph
1987Gilbert HerdtThe Sambia: Ritual and Gender in New GuineaMonograph
1990Serena NandaNeither Man nor Woman: The Hijras of IndiaMonograph
1990Kath WestonFamilies We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, KinshipMonograph
1991Richard ParkerBodies, Pleasures, and Passions: Sexual Culture in Contemporary BrazilMonograph
1992Ellen LewinLesbian Mothers: Accounts of Gender in American CultureMonograph
1993Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. DavisBoots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian CommunityBook
1993Roger LancasterLife is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in NicaraguaMonograph
1994Esther NewtonCherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian TownMonograph
1995Joseph CarrierDe Los Otros: Intimacy and Homosexuality Among Mexican MenMonograph
1996Carter WilsonHidden in the Blood: A Personal Investigation of AIDS in the YucatanMonograph
1996William L. LeapWord’s Out: Gay Men’s English Monograph
1997Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine LangTwo-spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and SpiritualityEdited Volume
1997Kath WestonRender Me, Gender Me: Lesbians Talk Sex, Class, Color, Nation, Studmuffins Monograph
1998Jennifer RobertsonTakarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan Monograph
1999Evelyn Blackwood and Saskia WieringaFemale Desires: Same Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures Edited Volume
2000Barbara L. Voss and Robert A. SchmidtArchaeologies of Sexuality Edited Volume
2000Stephen O. MurrayHomosexualities Monograph
2000Esther NewtonMargaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personal Essays, Public Ideas Monograph
2001Arlene SteinThe Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil RightsMonograph
2002Hector CarrilloThe Night is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDSMonograph
2003Martin F. Manalansan IVGlobal Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora Monograph
2004Ellen Lewin and William L. LeapOut in Theory: The Emergence of Lesbian and Gay Anthropology Edited Volume
2004Megan SinnottToms and Dees: Transgender Identity and Female Same-Sex Relationships in ThailandMonograph
2005Tom BoellstorffThe Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia Monograph
2006Tanya ErzenStraight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement Monograph
2007Saskia Wieringa, Evelyn Blackwood, and Abha BhaiyaWomen’s Sexualities and Masculinities in a Globalizing AsiaEdited Volume
2007Gloria WekkerThe Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese DiasporaMonograph
2007David ValentineImagining Transgender: An Ethnography of a CategoryMonograph
2008Barbara L. VossThe Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San FranciscoMonograph
2008Mark PadillaCaribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican RepublicMonograph
2009Ellen Lewin and William L. LeapOut in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing WorldEdited Volume
2009Mary L. GrayOut in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America Monograph
2009Rudolf Pell GaudioAllah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic City Monograph
2010David A. B. MurrayHomophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space Edited Volume
2010Ellen LewinGay Fatherhood: Narratives of Family and Citizenship in AmericaMonograph
2010Deborah GouldMoving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS Monograph
2011Peter A. JacksonQueer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights Edited Volume
2011Roger LancasterSex Panic and the Punitive State Monograph
2011Evelyn BlackwoodFalling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia Monograph
2012Gayle RubinDeviations: A Gayle Rubin ReaderEdited Volume
2012Margot WeissTechniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of SexualityMonograph
2013Susan Stryker and Aren AizuraThe Transgender Studies Reader 2Edited Volume
2013Naisargi DaveQueer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics Monograph
2014Lal Zimman, Jenny Davis, and Joshua RaclawQueer Excusions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and SexualityEdited Volume
2014Noelle M. StoutAfter Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviety Cuba Monograph
2015Linda Rae Bennett, Sharyn Graham DaviesSex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and RepresentationsEdited Volume
2015Lucinda RambergGiven to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of ReligionMonograph
2016Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, Salvador Vidal-OrtizQueer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism Edited Volume
2016David A. B. MurrayReal Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee ApparatusMonograph
2017Eric PlemonsThe Look of a Woman: Facial Feminization Surgery and the Aims of Trans- MedicineMonograph
2018George Paul MeiuEthno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money and Belonging in KenyaMonograph


  1. "The Ruth Benedict Prize". The Association for Queer Anthropology. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. "AAA Section Awards". American Anthropological Association. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
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