The American Anthropological Association has awarded its Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology to Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs.
Established in 1998, the annual prize is given “to encourage and reward excellent contributions in the use of anthropological perspectives, theories, models, and methods in an anticipatory mode.” According to the association, such contributions “will allow citizens, leaders, and governments to make informed policy choices, and thereby improve their society’s or community’s chances for realizing preferred futures and avoiding unwanted ones.”
Inhorn is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies and has served as director of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is one of several medical anthropologists in the Department of Anthropology. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issues, Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years.