The Geertz Prize

The Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion by recognizing an outstanding recent book in the field. The Prize is named in honor of the late Professor Clifford Geertz, in recognition of his many distinguished contributions to the anthropological study of religion. In awarding the Prize, the Society hopes to foster innovative scholarship, the integration of theory with ethnography, and the connection of the anthropology of religion to the larger world.

Any single-authored or co-authored book focusing on the anthropology of religion, broadly defined, is eligible for the Prize. Edited volumes, textbooks, and reference works are not eligible, nor are works in which religion is a secondary subject. The book’s author need not be an anthropologist by profession, but the work should draw on and respond to research and theory within the anthropology of religion. For the 2018 Prize competition, nominated books must have a publication date of 2016 or later. Books that have already been reviewed for the Prize will not be reconsidered. Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed.

  • Learn more about this year’s nomination requirements and deadline by looking at the 2018 call for nominations.
  • To see a PDF of the 2017 winner and honorable mention announcement, click here.

Timothy Landry presenting Elizabeth Pérez with the 2017 Geertz Prize. Photo by Stephen Selka.

Recent Recipients of the Geertz Prize

Recent Geertz Prize Honorable Mentions