Stanford anthropologist’s book on sickle cell in Africa gets top honors

DUANA FULLWILEY, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford, has won the Amaury Talbot Prize for most valuable work of African anthropology for her first book, The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa. The prize is given annually by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Fullwiley, a medical anthropologist, joined the Stanford faculty from Harvard last year. Her book examines how scientists, doctors and others have dealt with sickle cell anemia in Senegal.

In reviewing the book, Anthropological Quarterly said Fullwiley produced “an extraordinary work that incorporates the insights of anthropology as well as science and technology studies of genetics and race. It is also exceptional in its multi-sited focus on Senegal and France, since many similar studies of genetics have tended to focus on the US and Europe.”

—BROOKE DONALD