2019 Donor Recognition

Through anthropology, we can shape a better world together—and our members are living proof

While membership dues, meeting registration fees, and publishing royalties have always supported AAA’s core activities, philanthropy enables us to go above and beyond, maximizing our impact in the field and anthropology’s impact in our world.

Transforming lives through Minority Dissertation Fellowships

Like many first-generation college students, Saira Mehmood had to learn the ropes of an unfamiliar system and manage a job to support herself while still finding the time for her scholarly work. Receiving a AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship made it possible for Saira to focus on her dissertation and become the first in her family to earn a doctoral degree. Today, Dr. Mehmood is a visiting professor at Spelman College.

Saira Mehmood

“What I want people to understand about supporting the Fellowship is that you’re not just donating money for one person to finish a degree—you’re giving them the tools to mentor others. Receiving this fellowship did more than allow me to graduate—it gave me the chance to pass it forward.”

—Saira Mehmood, visiting professor, Spelman College

Engaging the public with Race: Are We So Different?

The first traveling national exhibition to address race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view, the RACE: Are We So Different?® exhibit immerses visitors in the everyday experience of living with race, in its history as an idea, and in the science of human variation—and the impact has been enormous. Since its debut, RACE has traveled to more than 45 museums, and reached far more with the holistic, human understanding that only anthropology can provide through its accompanying website and companion book.

Alan Goodman

“I still don’t know a professional association that has gone outside its comfort zone to do such a huge public education project. That took some guts and a lot of leadership, but we could not have done it—we would not have even scraped the surface—without financial support.”

—Alan Goodman, professor of biological anthropology, Hampshire College

Shaping the future of AAA and anthropology

Alisse Waterston witnessed the power of AAA while serving as president from 2015 to 2017, when she saw firsthand how anthropologists could find both support for their work and the infrastructure to build on one another’s momentum. A steadfast supporter of AAA for years, Alisse gives to help the Association stay nimble and responsive in the wake of emerging issues, and to foster knowledge production in anthropology while creating opportunities to share that knowledge with people everywhere.

“AAA creates venues—in the form of physical and social spaces, in its publications, projects and programs and more—for anthropologists to make connections and to collaborate.”

—Alisse Waterston, presidential scholar and professor of cultural anthropology, John Jay College, City University of New York


The American Anthropological Association would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their support in 2019

All listings are based on actual donations to the AAA Annual Campaign, or an AAA award or sponsorship, received from January 1 through December 31, 2019. This list does not include any pledges or multi-year grants received before 2019. Special thanks to our donors who joined the Annual Campaign Leadership Circle with a donation to this campaign of $500 and above.

Special Recognition

Special thanks to the following donors for their generous support over the years.

  • Carole H. Browner
  • William Douglass
  • Louise Lamphere
  • Robert Lemelson Foundation
  • Janna Marchione
  • Yolanda T. Moses
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation
Benefactors ($5,000 and up)
  • Charles A. Bishop
  • Carole H. Browner
  • William H. Heaney
  • Edward Liebow and Erin Younger
  • Oxford University Press
  • Smithsonian Institution National Museum American Indian
Patrons ($1,000-$4,999)
  • Marion I. Berghahn
  • Toby Bernstein
  • Elizabeth K. Briody
  • Carol J. Greenhouse
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Louise Lamphere
  • Yolanda T. Moses
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Museum of New Mexico
  • Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
  • Thomas C. Patterson
  • Irwin Press
  • Eric Ratliff
  • School for Advanced Research
  • Yohko Tsuji
  • Alisse Waterston
  • Wheelright Museum
  • Linda M. Whiteford
Partners ($500-$999)
  • Marietta L. Baba
  • Linda A. Bennett
  • Caroline B. Brettell
  • Elizabeth E. Brusco
  • Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, Inc
  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole
  • Cathy L. Costin
  • William H. Crocker
  • Karen L. Davis
  • Dorris & Victor Day Foundation
  • Susan D. Gillespie
  • Laura R. Graham and TM Scruggs
  • Kenneth J. Guest
  • Akhil Gupta
  • Holly M. Hoag
  • Robert A. LeVine
  • Carolyn Martin Shaw
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • Mary H. Moran
  • Yasuyuki Owada
  • John B. Page
  • James Peacock
  • Jean J. Schensul and Stephen Schensul
  • Bonnie Urciuoli
Friends ($250-$499)
  • Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt
  • William Beeman
  • John Bowen & Vicky Carlson Charitable Fund
  • Mary Bucholtz
  • Charles R. Cobb
  • Frederick H. Damon
  • Virginia R. Dominguez
  • Shirley J. Fiske
  • Robert A. Hahn
  • Rosemary C. Henze
  • Susan F. Hirsch
  • Corinne A. Kratz
  • Justin McCabe
  • Robert A. Myers
  • University of New Mexico, Museum Studies
  • Anita Spring
  • Richard R. Wilk
Associates ($100-$249)
  • Cheryl S. Ajirotutu
  • Anne Allison
  • Jason Antrosio
  • Association for the Anthropology of Policy
  • Florence E. Babb
  • Christine Bachrach
  • Lee D. Baker
  • Richard Bauman
  • Keith V. Bletzer
  • Dominic C. Boyer
  • Judith E. Brown
  • Katherine E. Browne
  • Richard Choquette
  • Stephen A. Chrisomalis
  • Patricia M. Clay
  • Community Foundation of North Central Florida
  • Margaret W. Conkey
  • Scott Cook
  • Costco UW Campaign
  • Jessie Hutchison Curtis
  • Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
  • Paul L. Doughty
  • Michael A. Fortun
  • Brian L. Foster
  • Robert J. Foster
  • Javier Francisco-Ortega
  • David W. Fruehling
  • Byron J. Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
  • Nelson H. Graburn
  • Karl Gurcke
  • Edmund T. Hamann
  • Suzanne Hanchett
  • Monica Heller
  • Kregg Hetherington
  • Patricia J. Higgins
  • Susanna M. Hoffman
  • Cymene Howe
  • Susan B. Hyatt
  • Alice B. Kehoe
  • Susan M. Kenyon
  • Dolores B. Koenig
  • Pauline Komnenich
  • Conrad P. Kottak
  • Andrew Lass
  • Carolyn K. Lesorogol
  • Janet E. Levy
  • Katina Lillios
  • Alice Littlefield
  • Elaine Lynch
  • Jeffrey L. MacDonald
  • Patricia D. Mail
  • Lindy L. Mark
  • Conception Martinez-Maske
  • David W. McCurdy
  • Beverly Anne McPhail
  • William P. Mitchell
  • Leith P. Mullings
  • Michael Nathan
  • Christopher T. Nelson
  • Ralph W. Nicholas
  • Elizabeth Nicholson
  • Carolyn R. Nordstrom
  • Julian E. Orr
  • Sherry B. Ortner
  • Kathryn S. Oths
  • Joanne Passaro
  • Vincent J. Patti
  • Heather A. Paxson
  • Ramona L. Perez
  • Charlie Piot
  • Robert W. Preucel
  • Peter Redfield
  • Altha Rodgers
  • Anna Roosevelt
  • Jennifer Roth-Gordon
  • Danilyn Rutherford
  • Barbara Rylko-Bauer
  • Edward L. Schieffelin
  • Donna B. Searles
  • Dianna J. Shandy
  • Ariel Smith
  • Jerry Lee Smith
  • Jay Sokolovsky
  • Mark Somerville
  • Lynn M. Stephen
  • Rebecca A. Stephenson
  • Lavia Stone
  • Noah M. Tamarkin
  • James Trostle
  • Sonja D. Turner
  • University of New Mexico, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies
  • University of Rochester Library
  • James Vigil
  • Alaka Wali
  • Maria-Barbara Watson
  • Brad Weiss
  • Dennis Wiedman
  • David R. Wilcox
  • Jing Xu
Donations were made “In Honor Of” the following individuals and committees
  • AAA Resource Development Committee Members
  • Anne Buddenhagen
  • Lambros Comitas
  • Laresa Lynne Dern
  • Ina Rosenthal-Urey
  • Sue Wall
Donations were made “In Memory Of” the following individuals
  • Nancy Abelmann
  • Thomas Belmonte
  • Franz Boas
  • George Bond
  • Lina Brock
  • Barry Chevannes
  • John Donahue
  • May Ebihara
  • Richard B. Freeman
  • A. Thomas Kirsch
  • Saba Mahmood
  • Tom Marchione
  • Claudia Rogers
  • Sydel Silverman
  • Jan Vansina
  • Andrew Hunter Whiteford

2019 Section Donations

The Association would also like to thank the following individuals for their support of section sponsored campaigns, awards, and prizes

Association for Africanist Anthropology (AFAA) Elliott P. Skinner Book Award
  • Gwendolyn Mikell
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Book Prize in Critical Anthropology
  • Sherry B. Ortner
Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA) Singer Fund
  • Paul L. Doughty
  • William P. Mitchell
Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Leslie A. White Award Fund
  • David W. Fruehling
Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Section Meeting Donations
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Museum of New Mexico
  • Ralph T. Coe, Center for the Arts Inc.
  • School for Advanced Research
  • Smithsonian Institution National Museum American Indian
  • University of New Mexico, Alfonso Oritz Center for Intercultural Studies
  • University of New Mexico, Museum Studies
  • Wheelwright Museum
Society for the Anthropological Sciences (SAS) SAS Russell Bernard Fund
  • Stephen A. Chrisomalis
Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) Open Access Publishing Program
  • Dominic C. Boyer
  • Michael A. Fortun
  • Robert J. Foster
  • Kregg Hetherington
  • Cymene Howe
  • Meghan Morris
  • Christopher T. Nelson
  • Heather A. Paxson
  • Charlie Piot
  • Peter Redfield
  • Altha Rodgers
  • Danilyn Rutherford
  • Nick Seaver
  • Ariel Smith
  • Mark Somerville
  • Noah M. Tamarkin
  • University of Rochester Library
  • Brad Weiss
Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Estellie Smith Award Fund
  • Charles A. Bishop
  • Costco UW Campaign
Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) Halperin Fund
  • Dolores B. Koenig
Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) Basker Prize Fund
  • Virginia R. Dominguez
Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) Gumperz Fund
  • Jennifer Roth-Gordon
Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) Whiting Biennal Travel Grant 
  • Susan Abbott-Jamieson
  • Christine Bachrach
  • Susan F. Hirsch
  • Holly M Hoag
  • A. Katherine Lambert-Pennington
  • Justine McCabe
  • Beverly Anne McPhil
  • Elizabeth Nicholson
  • Joanne Passaro
  • Yohko Tsuji
  • David B. Wong
  • Jing Xu
Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) Health Prize
  • Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt
  • Joanne Berthelsen Somerville
  • Naomi Robin Quinn
  • Mary Margaret Steedly

AAA has taken care to ensure the accuracy of this list.

If, however, there should be an omission or error, we express our sincere regret and ask that you bring it to our attention at donor@americananthro.org.