Graduate Student Paper Prize

The ADTSG Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded annually for best graduate student paper in the anthropology of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. The author of the winning paper receives a cash award of $100, and their name is announced at the Society for Medical Anthropology awards ceremony at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting.  Authors may represent any anthropological sub-discipline.

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners


  • Benjamin Holt
    Cannabis Vaporizing in Sonoma County: User Perceptions and Behavior


  • Parsa Bastani
    Feeling at Home in the Clinic: Therapeutics and Dwelling in an Addiction Rehabilitation Center in Tehran, Iran


  • Sarah Brothers
    A Good ‘Doctor’ is Hard to Find: Assessing Uncredentialed Expertise in Assisted Injection


  • Sydney Silverstein
    A Second Chance: Re-enactment, Excess Meaning, and the Social Worlds of PBC in Iquitos


  • Allison Schlosser
    “Stay in Your Square”: (Bounded) Intimacy and Moral Personhood in Addiction Treatment

Honorable Mention:

  • Henry Bundy
    From Mundane Medicines to Euphorigenic Drugs: How Pharmaceutical Pleasures Are Found, Foregrounded, and Made Durable


  • Lesly-Marie Buer
    “I’m Stuck”: Women’s Navigations of Social Networks and Prescription Drug Misuse in Central Appalachia

Honorable Mention:

  • James Ziegler
    Learning to Experience Medicine: Different Models from Medicinal Cannabis


  • Cole Hansen
    Seeking Care in the Carceral Shadow: An Ethnography of Community Recovery


  • Hayley Murray
    Risk Practices Amongst Recreational Drug Users at Music Festivals in Amsterdam


  • Nayantara Sheoran
    “Stratified Contraception”: Imagined Cosmopolitanism versus Lived Tangibility of Emergency Contraceptive Pills in Contemporary India

Honorable Mention:

  • Marc Blainey
    Forbidden Therapy: Santo Daime and the Disputed Status of Entheogens in Western Society


  • Saiba Varma
    Love in the Time of PTSD: Loss, Longing, and Addiction in Kashmir