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The African Studies Association offers a Distinguished Africanist Award in recognition of lifetime distinguished contributions to African studies. The Award is presented at the Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, and consists of a plaque and a lifetime membership in the African Studies Association.
The Distinguished Africanist Award Committee is composed of the Past President, the President, the Vice President, and two ASA members designated by the Executive Committee of the ASA Board of Directors. The non-Board members of the committee serve three-year terms. The recommendation of the Committee is presented to the Board of Directors at its Spring Meeting, and the final choice is made by the Board.
Dossiers of candidates not selected for the award are kept by the ASA Secretariat and circulated for five consecutive years to the committee. The Distinguished Africanist Award Committee has the option of keeping candidate files open indefinitely.
The ASA Distinguished Africanist Award was established in the 1980's to recognize and honor scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community.
Professor James Pritchett (Michigan State University), Chair
Professor Toyin Falola (University of Texas at Austin)
Professor Dorothy Hodgson (Rutgers University)
Professor Anne Pitcher (University of Michigan)
Professor Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Stanford University)
Professor Martha Saavedra (University of California, Berkeley)