Ethnography Division

Interest Group Awards

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
2023 Wilfredo Alvarez, Everyday Dirty Work: Invisibility, Communication, and Immigrant Labor, published by the Ohio State University Press in 2022.
2022 Pablo J. Boczkowski, Abundance: On the Experience of Living in a World of Information Plenty, published by Oxford Press in 2021.
2021 Andrew Herrmann, The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography;
2020 Amber Johnson and Loretta LeMaster, Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins (Routledge, 2020)
2019 Marcelo Diversi and Claudio Moreira, Betweener Autoethnographies (Routledge, 2018)
2018 Javon Johnson, Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities (Rutgers University Press, 2017)
2018 Julie-Ann Scott, Embodied Performance as Applied Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
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
2023 Billy Huff, "On [Be]Becoming in Boystown," published in Journal of Autoethnography
2022 Joshua Hamzehee, “Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam to Baton Rouge SLAM! An Obituary for Summer 2016: A Recording of Critical Performance Ethnography” published in Text and Performance Quarterly.
2021 No award given
2020 Peter R. Jensen, Joëlle Cruz, Elizabeth K. Eger, Jenna N. Hanchey, Angela N. Gist-Mackey, Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, and Astrid Villamil, "Pushing Beyond Positionalities and Through 'Failures' in Qualitative Organizational Communication: Experiences and Lessons on Identities in Ethnographic Praxis," Management Communication Quarterly, 34(1), 121-151 (2020)
2019 Angela Gist-Mackey, "(Dis)embodying Job Search Communication Training: Comparative, Critical Ethnographic Analysis of Materiality and Discourse During the Unequal Search for Work," Organization Studies, 39(9):1251-1275.
2018 Julie-Ann Scott & Hunter Houtzer, "'She Was Here': Research as Resistance to the loss of 'Culturally Uncomfortable' Identities," Qualitative Inquiry, 24(2):134-150.
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
2023 Keith Berry, "Meditations on the Story I Cannot Write: Reflexivity, Autoethnography, and the Possibilities of Maybe," published in The Routledge Handbook of Autoethnography.
2022 Katherine J. Denker, Kayla Rausch, and Savaughn E. Williams, “Learning Through the Process: Failure, Frustration, and Forward Movement in Autoethnography” published in The Routledge International Handbook of Autoethnography.
2021 No award given
2020 No award given
2019 Julianna Kirschner, "Mind and Matter: (Re)membering, Performing, and Being" featured in Creative Selves/Creative Cultures: Critical Autoethnography, Performance, and Pedagogy
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, "On the Identity Politics of Pregnancy: An Autoethnographic Journey Through/In Reproductive Time" featured 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
2023 Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, Frank Trimble, & Evan Scott-Pollock, "Gazed At: Stories of a Mortal Body"
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
2023 Godfried A. Asante & Jenna N. Hanchey, "(Re)Theorizing Communication Studies from African Perspectives," published in Review of Communication (vol. 21, no. 4 & vol. 22, no.1)
2022 Bryant Keith Alexander, “Survival in/at the Intersections” published in International Review of Qualitative Research.
2021 No award given
2020 No award given
2019 Devika Chawla, Editor, "Migrations/Borders and Margins" for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (8:1 and 8:2)
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
2022 Sarah Amira de la Garza
2022 Sandra L. Faulkner
2022 Laura L. Ellingson
2021 No award given
2020 No award given
2019 Bryant Keith Alexander
2018 Ronald J. Pelias
2014 Arthur P. Bochner
2013 Bob Krizek and Carolyn Ellis

Top Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Devika Chawla, "I have English"
2021 Hsin-I Sydney Yueh and Renu Pariyadath, "Surviving the academy: Linguistic Minorities Building Alliances Through Transnational Collaborative Autoethnography"
2021 Timothy Paul Huffman, "Rest, Community-Based Research, and the Qualitative/Activist Day"
2021 Santhosh Chandrashekar, "Unsettling the Master’s House";
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
2023 Damon Darling, "A Dirty Spectacle: Resistance at the Intersection of Sex Work and Stigma"
2021 Anjuliet G. Woodruffe, Conversations with My Son: A Poetic Autoethnography of Black Mothering Experiences
2021 Jesse C. Starkey, "Becoming a Relational Human"
2021 Ekaterina Malova, "Environmental Characteristics and Type 1 Diabetes: Students’ Perspectives on Diabetes Management in College”
2021 David J. Dooling, "Strutting Toward the Grave: Narrating the Heteropatriarchal Lifespan"
2019 Marwa Abdalla, "The Performance(s) of a Lifetime, A Lifetime of Performances: An Auto-Archaeology of Religious and Cultural Identities"
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
2022 Vincent Russell, "Making Space for Marginalized Voices: Deliberative Activism in Participatory Budgeting," University of Colorado at Boulder ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2021.
2021 No award given
2020 Joshua Hamzehee, "Baton Rouge SLAM! An obituary for summer 2016: A critical performance ethnography of eclectic truth poetry slam"
2020 Melissa R. Meade, "In the shadow of "King Coal": Memory, media, identity, and culture in the post-industrial Pennsylvania anthracite region"
Inaugural Winner
Travis R. Bell, "Documenting an Imperfect Past: Examining Tampa's Racial Integration through Community, Film, and Remebrance of Central Avenue"

Early Career Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Meng Li
  Shawna Malvini Redden
  Michael Tristano Jr.
2022 Jeffrey W. Treem
  Elizabeth K. Eger
  Marissa Doshi

Mid-Career Award

Year Award Winner
2023 Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock
2022 Robin M. Boylorn
  Devika Chawla
  Marianne LeGreco