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honors / awards


Carolina López-Ruiz

Carolina López Ruiz has been awarded the 2022 Frank Moore Cross Award by the American Society for Overseas Research (ASOR) for her book Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean (Harvard UP 2021).

Carolina López-Ruiz

Carolina López-Ruiz was awarded an Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Distinguished Scholars Fellowship, Fund for the Advancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2022.


Richard Neer

Richard Neer was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2022.

Gil Stein

In 2022, Gil Stein was named  the Rowe Professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

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Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler was awarded The Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship, Archaeological Institute of America, 2021-2022.

Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman was awarded a Neubauer Collegium Faculty Research Award, 2020–2022.


Alan Kolata

Alan Kolata was awarded a Neubauer Collegium Faculty Research Award, 2020–2023

Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman was awarded a Center for International Social Science Research Faculty Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2020–21.


Claudia Brittenham

Claudia Brittenham was awarded the 2020 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, College Art Association, for "Architecture, Vision, and Ritual: Seeing Maya Lintels at Yaxchilan Structure 23" in the September 2019 issue of The Art Bulletin.

Richard Need was awarded the Association of American Publishers 2020 PROSE Award for Excellence in Classics for Pindar, Song and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology (co-authored with Leslie Kurke; Johns Hopkins Press, 2019).


Haeden Stewart

Haeden Stewart (Anthropology) was awarded the 2020 Lichtstern Dissertation Prize for his outstanding PhD dissertation, entitled In the Shadow of Industry: The Lively Decay of Mill Creek Ravine.

Sarah Kautz

Graduate student Sarah Kautz (Anthropology) has won the 2019 New York State Historic Preservation Award for her advocacy work for the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest & Ninevah (SANS). Sarah is currently the Preservation Director of Preservation Long Island.


Matthew Knisely

Anthropology graduate student Matthew Knisely was awarded the 2019-20 Unsung Hero Award by the UChicago Student Leader Awards. This award recognizes a student who has positively influenced a program or organization from behind the scenes.

Claudia Brittenham

Claudia Brittenham was awarded the 2019 Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Henry Bacha

Henry Bacha (Anthropology) was awarded the 2019 Dahlberg BA Essay Prize for his Honors Paper entitled "Resistance Through Re-Articulation: The Extirpation of Idolatries Campaigns and the Rise of the Cult of the Saints in Cusco, Peru."

Richard Neer

Richard Neer was named the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, and the College in 2018. Beginning in 2019, he will also become the new Director of the Franke Institute of the Humanities.


François Richard

François Richard has been named a Faculty Fellow of the Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) at the University of Chicago for 2018-19, to pursue a project on "Politics of the Past & Material Expressions of Frenchness in the Municipio of San Rafael, Veracruz, Mexico."

Wu Hung

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has named Wu Hung the 2019 Mellon Lecturer.

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Nadine Moeller

Alain Bresson

Alain Bresson has been awarded a 2018 Guggenhein Fellowship to finish a book on the question of why the ancient Greeks developed a specific political form of money: coinage.

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Claudia Brittenham

Claudia Brittenham has received an NEH Fellowship in 2018 to finish her book Unseen Art: Memory, Vision, and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica.


Cécile Fromont

Cécile Fromont's book The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo was awarded the 2017 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.

Alain Bresson

Alain Bresson's book, The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States (Princeton, 2016), won the American Historical Association's James Henry Breasted Prize for 2017.


Jas' Elsner

Jas' Elsner was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.

Geneviève Godbout

Geneviève Godbout was awarded the 2017 Daniel Nugent Prize in Historical Anthropology for her PhD dissertation in the UChicago Anthropology Department, entitled: A House in Waiting: Food and Hospitality on Antiguan Plantations, 1783-1904


Emily Boak

Emily Boak (Anthropology) won the 2017 Dahlberg BA Essay Prize for: "Militarized Landscapes and Cultural Heritage in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2001-2014."

Ellen Platts

In 2015, Ellen Platts (Anthropology) was awarded the Dahlberg BA Essay Prize for her BA Honors Paper “Ritual Lived Daily: Monumental and Pastoral Landscape Relationships in Bronze Age Central Mongolia.”

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Matthew Knisley

In 2015, Matthew Knisley (Anthropology) was awarded the Society of Africanist Archaeologists Graduate Student Paper Prize for his paper: “Disciplinary Déjà Vu: Semiotic Ideologies of Primitivity and the Case of East African ‘Hunter-Gatherers.”

Jason Ramsey

In 2015, Jason Ramsey was awarded the Daniel F. Nugent Dissertation Prize for Historical Anthropology for Spaces of Possession: Negotiating 'Ruin' at the Mexican Periphery.


Cécile Fromont

Cécile Fromont's book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo, was awarded the following prizes:

2015 Award for Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion;

2015 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize, Journal of Africana Religions;

Finalist, 2015 Melville J. Herskovits Award, African Studies Association.

Alain Bresson

In 2014, Alain Bresson was named to the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professorship, University of Chicago. 


Richard Neer

In 2013, Richard Neer was named the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago.

Rebecca Graff

in 2013, Rebecca Graff (Anthropology) was awarded the Society for Historical Archaeology's Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Prize for The Vanishing City: Time, Tourism, and the Archaeology of Event at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.


Claudia Brittenham

In 2013, Claudia Brittenham was awarded the Meiss/Mellon Author’s Award, College Art Association, for her book The Murals of Cacaxtla (U Texas Press, 2015).

Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler's book, Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement , and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France (U California Press, 2010), was awarded the 2012 James R. Wiseman Book Award of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Wu Hung

Wu Hung's book Art of the Yellow Springs (Reaktion Press, 2010) was selected for the 2012 National Cultural Heritage Award, One of the Ten Best Books on Art and Archaeology.

Alan Kolata

In 2012, Alan Kolata was named the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor.


Wu Hung

In 2012, Wu Hung was elected as a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler was awarded the 2011-12 EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study) Senior Scholar Fellowship at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies, Paris, France.

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In 2011, Alexandra Hartnett (Anthropology) was awarded the Daniel F. Nugent Dissertation Prize for Historical Anthropologyfor Legitimation and Dissent: Colonialism, Consumption, and the Search for Distinction in Galway, Ireland, ca 1250-1700.

Shannon Dawdy was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.


Jonathan Hall

In 2009 Jonathan Hall was awarded the University of Chicago's Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

He was also named the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities.

Peter Johansen

in 2009, Peter Johansen was awarded the Canadian Asian Studies Association (CASA) South Asia Council Best Canadian Dissertation on South Asia for A Political Economy of Space: Social Organization and the Production of an Iron Age Settlement Landscape in Northern Karnataka.


Wu Hung

In 2008, Wu Hung received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Art Association.

Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler was named the 2007-08 Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California.

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Wu Hung

Wu Hung received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the University of Chicago in 2007.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall's book Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (Chicago, 2002), was awarded the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press.

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Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler was named the 2002-03 Weatherhead Foundation Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall's book Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997) was awarded the1999 Charles J. Goodwin Award for Merit from the American Philological Association.

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