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March 29, 2014

The Anthropology and Environment Society – a section of the American Anthropological Association – has awarded the Julian Steward Prize to Erik Mueggler DS’80 for his 2011 book The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet. The prize is awarded every other year in recognition of the “most outstanding book in the area of environmental anthropology.” The award was established in 2003 and is named in honor of Julian Steward DS-1918 who is recognized as one of the leading anthropologists of the twentieth century, and the originator of the theory of cultural ecology. Julian Steward was a member of only the second class of students after Deep Springs’ founding in 1917 and became interested in anthropology upon getting to know members of the native Paiute tribe who still lived in the region at that time. Professor Mueggler teaches anthropology at The University of Michigan and was a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.