Ethnography Division

Interest Group Award

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Best Book Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Javon Johnson, "Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities"
2018 Julie-Ann Scott, "Embodied Performance as Applied Research
2016 Keith Berry, Bullied: Tales of torment, identity, and youth (Routledge Press, 2016)
2015 Devika Chawla, Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition (Fordham University Press, 2014)
2014 Arthur P. Bochner, Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences (Left Coast Press, 2014)

Best Book (Monograph)

Year Award Winner
2013 Robin Boylorn, Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience (Left Coast Press)

Best Book (Edited Collection)

Year Award Winner
2013 Stacy Holman Jones, Tony E. Adams, and Carolyn Ellis, The Handbook of Autoethnography (Taylor & Francis)
2012 Tony Adams, Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Left Coast Press, 2011)

Best Journal Article Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Julie-Ann Scott & Hunter Houtzer, "She Was Here": Research as Resistance to the loss of "Culturally Uncomfortable" Identities"
2016 Julie-Ann Scott, “Narrative performance research: Co-storying ‘almost passing’”, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 4(3), 70-91.
2015 Amber Johnson, “Confessions of a video vixen: My autocritography of sexuality, desire, and memory”, Text and Performance Quarterly 34 (2014): 182-200
2015 Amber Johnson, “Confessions of a video vixen: My autocritography of sexuality, desire, and memory”, Text and Performance Quarterly 34 (2014): 182-200
2014 Kurt Lindemann, “Access-Ability and Disability: Performing Stigma, Writing Trauma”, The Northwest Journal of Communication 40 (2012): 129-149.
2013 Kristenn Blinne, “Auto (erotic) Ethnography” Sexualities 15 (2012): 953-977
2012 Robin P. Clair, “Reflexivity and rhetorical ethnography: From family farm to orphanage and back again”, Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies 11 (2011): 117-128.
2012 Claudio Moreira and Marcelo Diversi, “Missing Bodies: Troubling the Colonial Landscape of American Academia”, Text and Performance Quarterly 31 (2011): 229-248

Best Book Chapter Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Julie-Ann Scott & Kelly P. Herold, "Almsot Passing: Using Disability Disclosure to Recalibrate Able-Bodied Bias in the Classroom"
2016 Michaela D.E. Meyer, (2015). On the Identity Politics of Pregnancy: An Autoethnographic Journey Through/In Reproductive Time. In Rachel Silverman and Jay Baglia (Eds.) Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change (pp. 135-148). Peter Lang Health Communication Series.
2015 Desirée D. Rowe, "Cruel Optimism and the Problem of Positivity: Miscarriage as a Model for Living" (In R. Silverman and J. Baglia [Eds.], Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change; 2014)
2014 Devika Chawla, "Walk, Walking, Talking, Home" (In S. Holman Jones, T. Adams, and C. Ellis [Eds.], Handbook of Autoethnogrpahy; 2013)
2013 Laura Ellingson, "Interview as Embodied Communication" (In J.F. Gubrium, J.A. Holstein, A.B. Marvasti, and K.D. McKinney [Eds.] Handbook of Interview Research; 2012)
2012 Krishna Pattisapu and Bernadette Calafell, "(Academic) Families of Choice: Queer Relationality, Mentoring, and Critical Communication Pedagogy." (In N. Bardhan and M. Orbe [Eds.], Identity and Communication Research: Intercultural Reflection and Future Directions; 2012)

Best Aural or Visual Ethnography Award

Year Award Winner
2016 Elizabeth Spencer, “Unraveling: A Caregiver’s Journey of Discovery”
2015 Kendra Dyanne Rivera, “More than a Fence: (de)Constructing Mexico-U.S. Borders”
2014 Lisa Tillmann, “Off the Menu: Challenging the Politics and Economics of Body and Food”
2013 Lisa M. Tillmann, “Remembering a Cool September”

Best Special Journal Issue Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Bryant Keith Alexander & Mary E. Weems "June 12, 2016: Terrorism and HAte in Orlando, America (Poetic and Performative Responses", Qualitative Inquiry, 23.7: 483-571
2016 Tony Adams & Jimmie Manning “Connecting the Personal and the Popular: Autoethnography and Popular Culture", The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol 3, Issue 2 (2015)
2015 Andrew F. Herrmann and Kristen DiFate “The New Ethnography: Goodall, Trujillo, and the Necessity of Storytelling”, Special issue of Storytelling, Self, and Society 10 (2014)
2013 Tony E. Adams and Stacy Holman Jones “On Studying Ourselves and Others”, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 9 (2013
2012 Keith Berry and Robin P. Clair “The call of Ethnographic Reflexivity: Narrating the Self’s Presence in Ethnography”, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 11
2012 W. Benjamin Myers, “Writing Autoethnographic Joy”, Qualitative Communication Research Journal 1 (2012): 157-162

Legacy Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Ronald J. Pelias
2014 Arthur P. Bochner
2013 Bob Krizek and Carolyn Ellis

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2015 Sandra Faulkner, “Postkarten aus Deutschland: A Chapbook of Ethnographic Poetry”
2014 Nicholas Taylor, Christopher Kampe, & Kristina Bell, “Me and Lee: Identification and the Play of Attraction in The Walking Dead”
2013 Heather Curry, “An Architecture of Erasure: Exploring Absences, Ruptures, Negotiations and Self-making in Families Organizing Around Mental Illness”
2012 Ryan Castillo, “Unpacking Paradoxes of Walmart: From Emotion to Cultural Labor in the Commodified Performances of Worker and Consumer Identities”
2012 Mary Gould and Rachel E. Silverman, “Stumbling Upon History: Collective Memory and the Urban Landscape”
2012 Chris Patti, “Listening with Sal: A(Com)passionate Ethnographic Approach to Workingwith Holocaust Survivors”
2012 Elizabeth Dortch Dalton, “The Protective Effects of Adolescent Motherhood in South Central Appalachia: Salvation from Drugs and Emptiness”

John T. Warren Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2018 Marquese McFerguson, "Unveiling Our Scars: Playing With and Expanding the Borders of Autoethnography"
2015 Melissa R. Meade, “In the Shadow of the Coal Breaker: Place and Landscape in the Anthracite Coal Mining Region”
2014 Meng Li, “Brighter the Moon over My Home Village: Meanings of Home among Chinese Rural-Urban Migrant Workers”
2013 Heather Curry, “An Architecture of Erasure: Exploring Absences, Ruptures, Negotiations, and Self-Making in Families Organizing Around Mental Illness”

Best Dissertation

Year Award Winner
2018- Inaugural Travis R. Bell, "Documenting an Imperfect Past: Examining Tampa's Racial Integration through Community, Film, and Remebrance of Central Avenue