John Bodley Student Travel Award


The John Bodley Student Travel Award was initiated by former students, and honors an international scholar whose career focused on the impact of development on indigenous peoples. More recently, his research turned to the issue of scale as a way to best understand the contemporary concentration of wealth and power. A travel award ($750) will be presented each year to a student presenting a paper/poster at the SfAA Annual Meeting.



One award of $750 will be available to students who meet the eligibility qualifications. 


  • Individuals must have been enrolled as a student during some part of the current year
    Submitted a paper or poster abstract which has been accepted for the annual meeting program.
    The Bodley Award winner will receive a scholarship of $750 toward their travel expenses to attend the SfAA annual meeting.

Application and Deadline

Application & Deadline

Applicants must submit a one page statement explaining how participation in the Annual Meeting will further their professional goals.

Online Application

The deadline for submission is December 20. The results of the competition will be announced in January.

Previous Recipients


Mia Glover

Glover.jpegMia Glover is a master's student in the Graduate Degree Program in Anthropology at the University of Denver. She is broadly interested in socio-ecological interactions, including how certain policies, land-use changes, and climate change might impact local ecosystems and people’s lives and livelihoods. Mia earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Since then, she has been working on a project studying climate change and local policy and how it affects humans, native species, and natural resources in Palau. In her free time, Mia enjoys spending time outside, traveling, and cooking. 


Michelle Hak Hepburn

Michelle-Hak-Hepburn.jpegMichelle Hak Hepburn is a PhD candidate of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her research follows huayruro trees (Ormosia sf.) in the Peruvian Andean Amazon to explore the social connections Indigenous and non-Indigenous Amazonians maintain with trees and forests. Thinking with trees, seeds, timber, and forests, her research considers the impacts of deforestation and how they are mitigated.


Marian Thorpe

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce the results of the Competition for the John Bodley Student Travel Award for 2020.  The winner is Marian Thorpe.  She will receive a travel scholarship of $500 to offset the expenses of attending the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society in Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020. Thorpe will present her paper, Being Seen by the State: Embracing Neoliberal Multicultural Recognition in Western Panama on Wednesday, March 18.  Ms. Thorpe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University.


Eric H. Thomas

2019 Bodley Award Winner Eric H. ThomasEric H. Thomas is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He grew up in midcoast Maine and earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Hamilton College in 2009 before coming to the University of North Carolina in 2014. He received his master’s degree in 2016, writing a thesis based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Chilean leñeros (woodcutters and transporters) in the Aysén region.

His current research focuses on political ecology along 21st Century resource frontiers, particularly the impact of new industries on traditional livelihoods, communities, and the environment. His doctoral dissertation examines community responses to the rapid expansion of salmon aquaculture in remote coastal communities in Chilean Patagonia, where he conducted extended dissertation fieldwork from 2017-2018.


Claudia Diaz-Combs

2018 Bodley Award Winner Claudia Diaz-CombsClaudia is in her third and final year at the University of Arizona pursuing a dual Masters in Latin American Studies and Public Health with an emphasis on environmental health. Broadly, her work focuses on the relationship between state powers, multinational corporation natural resource extraction, and resistance from affected communities, in particular, Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon where oil extraction has been persistent for years. Her current research looks at the ongoing lawsuit in Lago Agrio, Ecuador with Chevron Corporation, a $9 billion class-action lawsuit filed by Ecuadorian citizens against Chevron for decades of drilling and contamination on ancestral lands. She evaluates the projected trajectory of the case and what animates such strong social resistance and organization from those involved. Claudia presented her poster, " 'Fluye el Petroleo, Sangra la Selva' (As the Petroleum Flows, so Bleeds the Jungle): Ecuador vs Chevron" in the Poster Forum. 


Adam Gamwell

2017 Bodley Award Winner Adam GamwellAdam is a Public and Design Anthropologist and writing up his dissertation at Brandeis University. His doctoral research focuses on designing and implementing conservation methodologies for at-risk Andean crops in southern Peru. Working between academic and applied realms, Adam is a Research Fellow and consultant for Bioversity International where he combines ethnography, design anthropology, experimental research, and ecological economics to document local interventions into agricultural production to fight genetic erosion and the effects climate change.

His passions also lie in Public Anthropology and promoting social consciousness, empathy and dialogue through digital media. He created, co-hosts, and is creative director of This Anthro Life Podcast, a weekly program aimed at making holistic anthropological thinking and doing more accessible to wider publics.

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