News for Thursday, December 10, 2009

SAR Summer Scholar Alum Wins $10,000 Award

Dr. Shaylih MuehlmannDr. Shaylih Muehlmann2007 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer ScholarDr. Shaylih Muehlmann2007 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

SAR congratulates alum Dr. Shaylih Muehlmann, who garnered the 2009 Public Anthropology Publisher’s Prize from the University of California Press for her manuscript When I Wear My Alligator Boots: Narcotrafficking in the US-Mexico Borderlands. This project addresses the specter of drug-related violence in northern Mexico, which has dominated the media in recent years. Yet the story of those who are most vulnerable to the violence of the drug trade, and most susceptible to the promise of its rewards, is seldom told. When I Wear My Alligator Boots tells the story of the poor, often indigenous workers living in the borderlands who are recruited to work in the lowest echelons of the drug trade, as “burreros” (mules) and “narcotraficantes” (traffickers).

Winners of this award are judged on:

  1. the public significance of the problem being addressed,
  2. the way the problem is being approached, and
  3. the author’s ability to write for a public audience.

Dr. Muehlmann held a Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship at SAR in 2007. She is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

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