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George Haydu Prize

The Department of Anthropology administers the George G. Haydu Prize for the Study of Culture, Behavior, and Human Values. The prize, funded by an endowment provided by the late George Haydu of La Jolla, carries a cash award of $2,500.

Who may apply

Contestants must be fully registered UCSD graduate students in the Spring Quarter of the year in which the prize is awarded, or must have completed a Ph.D. degree at UCSD not earlier than the previous September 1. Previous winners of the Haydu Prize are ineligible.


The prize will be awarded to the submitted essay which best addresses the relation between culture, behavior, and human values. Essays should not be longer than 35 double-spaced typewritten pages. Essay will be judged on the basis of originality and scholarship by the George Haydu Prize Committee. Names of authors are withheld from the judges to insure impartiality.

In the event that none of the essays is judged of sufficient quality, the judges may elect not to award the prize. If two essays are judged to be of equal excellence, the judges may elect to divide the prize equally between the two authors.

Format & Submission

The cover page must carry the phrase "Submitted in competition for the George Haydu Prize" and include the title and the author's name, departmental affiliation, home address, Email address, and home phone number. The title of the essay, but not any identification of the author, should also be on the first page of the text.

An original and three copies of the essay, plus four copies of a one- to two-paragraph abstract of the essay, may be delivered to the Department Office in Room 216, Social Science Building or may be sent to:

The George Haydu Prize Committee
Department of Anthropology, 0532
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0532 USA


In most years the submissions must be received (not postmarked) by noon on March 1st. The judges' decision is announced on or about April 15.

Prize Winners


Michael Berman
"Relations of the relationless society: Liberalism, sympathy, and care in contemporary Japan"

Raquel Pacheco
"Intergenerational Dissonance: Love, Migration, and Politics in the Lives of Nahua Youth"

Whitney Russell
"Race, Class, and a Market of Mutts The material culture of stray and rescue dogs in Chicago, IL."


Tim Karis
“Unofficial Hanoians: Migration, Native Place, and Urban Citizenship in Vietnam.”


Nicole Barger
“Social Cognition in Affect: investigating the interplay of emotion and social behavior in human cognitive evolution”

Eli Elinoff
“Sufficient Citizens: the cultural politics of sustainability and the redistribution of the sensible in Northeastern Thailand”


Candler Hallman
“Everyone has a particular part to play”: Commensuration and ressentiment in the Irish and Palestinian victims’ rights movements"

Elizabeth Peacock
"Stance-Taking in a Social Minefield: Ukrainian Youth and Emigration Discourses"


John Dulin
“Is Authenticity a Shared Cultural Value?: An Ethnographic Study of Denounced Authenticity.”

Nofit Itzhak
“Modalities of Intersubjectivity in Neo-Shamanic Ritual Healing”


Beth Peterson
“Elements of Human Moral Behavior in Nonhuman Animals: Conflict Management in Bonobos, Alaskan Grey Wolves, and Human Children.”

Leah Retherford
“The Participation of single women in Pentecostalism”


William Dawley
“As for Me and My House: Reproductive Management and Christianity in Latin America”

Whitney Duncan
“Estas Triste?: Coauthoring Empathy and Emotion in Interaction

Charlotte van den Hout
”Selfhood in Distress: The Impact of Mental Healthcare on Female Selfhood and Status in Morocco"


Naomi Haynes, Department of Anthropology
"The Impossibility of Individualism in African Pentecostalism: Behavior, Culture and Human Values in the Gospel of Prosperity".

Amie Filkow, Literature Department
"Blackguards and Businessmen: Individualism and Racial Uplift in the Nineteenth-Century Black Atlantic"


Ellen C. Huang, Department of History
“qing as Social Relations, qing as Social Action: Lin Shu, the Politics of Feeling, and Empathy in Translated Fiction, 1898-1908.”

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