A book written by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Britt Halvorson has been awarded Honorable Mention/Second Runner-Up for the 2020 Clifford Geertz Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. The Geertz Prize “seeks to encourage excellence in the anthropology of religion by recognizing an outstanding recent book in the field,” according to a Twitter post by the society.  

Halvorson’s book, Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota (2018, University of Chicago Press), investigates the role of religion in the globalization of medicine and draws on “participant observation in the American Midwest and in Madagascar among Lutheran clinicians, volunteer laborers, healers, evangelists, and former missionaries.”