April 23, 2018
Luisa Cortesi, Graduate Student in both Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies, was recently awarded the Eric Wolf Prize by the Political Ecology Society for “the best article-length paper based in substantive field research that makes an innovative contribution to Political Ecology”. The judges wrote: “Her paper is an ethnographically rich and analytically exciting combination of cultural meanings of mud and changing arrangements of inequality in contemporary rural India. It is poetic, and also clear and precise - an innovative combination of semiotic analysis and political ecology.”
Recently, Luisa was also awarded the Curl Prize by the Royal Anthropological Institute for the best paper “relating to the results or analysis of anthropological work”, the PRAXIS award by the WAPA for ”outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action”, and the Josephine de Karman Fellowship for “the highest academic standards and scholastic achievements”.