In 2002, the Environmental Justice Caucus established the Annette Kolodny Environmental Studies Prize, awarded each year to the best environmentally themed paper presented at the ASA annual meeting. It includes a cash award of $100, which in years past has been generously supported by West Virginia University Press and Duke University Press and is now sponsored by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Illinois. Submissions are judged by a panel of referees from the Environmental Justice Caucus.

If you would like your environmentally themed paper from the ASA 2023 annual meeting to be considered for the Kolodny Prize, please send the paper as an email attachment (MS Word preferred) to the five referees listed below. Your paper must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, January 14, 2024

Only papers as they were presented at the 2023 ASA annual meeting will be considered. Please do not send book or dissertation chapters on which your paper was based, or any other longer or altered version of your paper. If you would like to include images you showed during the presentation, it is best to incorporate them into the paper, as one document.

We hope to complete the judging and announce the winner sometime in April 2024.

Please send your submission to the following five referees: 

Address any questions about submissions to Jessica Hurley ( and Keva Bui (


Past Winners of the Annette Kolodny Prize

  • 2002 Jennifer Mason (Skidmore College), “Animals, Animality, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Or, Life in the Built Environment”

  • 2003 C. Greig Crysler (University of California, Berkeley), “From Flesh to Fiberglass: ‘Cows on Parade’ in Chicago”

  • 2004 Phoebe Kropp (University of Pennsylvania), “Barefoot, Hungry, and Happy: The Bodily Experiences of Camping”

  • 2005 Finis Dunaway (Trent University), “Gas Masks, Pogo, and the Ecological Indian: Earth Day and the Visual Politics of American Environmentalism”

  • 2006 Marina Moskowitz (University of Glasgow), “Quality Adapted to the Country: The Place of Horticulture in the Nineteenth Century”

  • 2007 Erica Hannickel (University of Iowa), An Agricultural Empire of Grapevines: Grape Culture in Antebellum America”

  • 2008 Giovanna Di Chiro (Mount Holyoke College), “Polluted Politics? Confronting Toxic Discourse, Sex Panic, and Eco-Normativity”

  • 2009 Ivan Grabovac (Mount Royal University), “Nativism and Nationhood: Migratory Birds, Immigrants, and the Making of Ecological Citizens” -and- Jessica Ramsey (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Floating Communities and Contested Belonging: The Flood Narratives of Hurricane Katrina and Richard Wright”

  • 2010 Stephanie LeMenager (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Aesthetics of Petroleum II: Petro-Melancholia and Gulf Coast Subsidence”

  • 2011 Michael Lundblad (Colorado State University), “Animality as Refuge: Terry Tempest Williams and the Biopolitics of Terminal Cancer”

  • 2012 Megan Black (George Washington University), “Guardians of ‘Global’ Resources: Visualizing Energy and Empire in US Government-Sponsored Film, 1949-1956”

  • 2013 Natasha Zaretsky (Southern Illinois University), “A Crime Against the Future: Fetal Injury, the Unborn, and the Radiation Scare of the 1950s”

  • 2014 Jessica Cattelino (University of California, Los Angeles), “The Cultural Politics of Invasive Species in the Florida Everglades”

  • 2015 Kirsty Robertson (University of Western Ontario) “Oil Futures/Petrotextiles”

  • 2016 John Levi Barnard (The College of Wooster) “Animal Capital and the Economy of Extinction”

  • 2017 Bob Johnson (National University) "Coal TV: The Hyperreal Mineral Frontier" 

  • 2018 Jamie L. Jones (The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) “The Great White Whale: White Supremacy and Natural Resource Extraction in early 20th-Century Whaling History”

  • 2019 Cleo Woelfle-Erskine (University of Washington) “With and for the Multitude: Ecology as Queer Acts”

  • 2021 Keva X. Bui, "Eugenic Ecologies: Operation Ranch Hand and the Reproductive Politics of Warfare, and Jessica Hurley, "How to Civilize an Ocean"

  • 2022 Emma Shaw Crane, “Lush Aftermath: Labor, Landscape, and War in the Suburb,” and Carlos Alonso Nugent, “Mescalero Apache Imagined Environments across the US-Mexico Borderlands”