Honors Prizes

Matilda White Riley Prize in Sociology and Anthropology

This prize, established through a gift from distinguished sociologist John W. Riley '30, Sc.D. '72, honors Matilda White Riley, Sc.D.'72, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Ecomony and Sociology Emerita, who established the joint Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a tradition of teaching through sociological research, is awarded for an outstanding research project by a major. (1987)


Matilda White Riley Prize recent recipients

  • Rodolfo Edeza '13
  • Nadja Shaw '12
  • Natalia Richey '11
  • Alexander Kontur '10
  • no award in 2009
  • Anne Riley '08
  • Joy Lee '07
  • James Harrison '06


David I. Kertzer Prize in Sociology and Anthropology

The prize is named in honor of David I. Kertzer, who was the first anthropologist in the joint Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and taught at Bowdoin from 1973 to 1992. This prize was established in 2009 to acknowledge overall excellence in an honors thesis or independent study paper by a senior major.

David I. Kertzer Prize recent recipients

  • Danica Loucks '13
  • Emma Nathaniel '12
  • Kate Riechert '11
  • Charles Warren '10