Ben Bridges '17 wins top student paper prize at Southern Anthropological Society conference

The Honors student and anthropology major won top honors for his research of Quechua myths in Peru.

Anthropology major Ben Bridges ’17 recently received the Student Paper Prize at the 2017 Southern Anthropological Society annual meeting held March 23-35 in Carrollton, Georgia.

Bridges competed against other undergraduate students for the award, which was accompanied by a cash prize, a collection of donated books and an offer for review and publication in the SAS 2017 Proceedings and Southern Anthropologist, an online peer-reviewed journal. 

Bridges’ project, “Navigating Globalization through Myth in Quechua Communities of Southern Peru,” focuses on the intersection of mythology and globalizing forces such as tourism and religious conversion among the indigenous Quechua in the Peruvian Andes. Bridges, mentored by Tom Mould, professor of anthropology and director of the Honors Program, is an Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar.