ANS Emerging Scholar Award

The Emerging Scholar award recognizes the outstanding scholarship of a names researcher in the early stages of their academic or professional career.

In 2007, the American Name Society established the ANS Emerging Scholar Award (ANSESA), to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who submits the best paper accepted for presentation at the ANS annual meeting. In years that no paper is deemed worthy, no award will be given. The winner of the ANSESA is selected by a sub-committee of onomastic scholars who serve on the ANS Executive Council. Recipients of this prestigious award are not only announced on the ANS and NAMES websites, but are also assigned a mentor to assist in preparing a manuscript for possible publication in NAMES. Winners also receive a one-year subscription to NAMES, and their work will be profiled at the ANS annual conference. A complete listing of previous ANSESA winner can be found here.


ANSESA Past Winners

2021 Alessia Battista, University of Naples ‘Parthenope’; “Being Butch: A Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis of Identity Construction in Stone Butch Blues”

2020 No prize awarded

2019 Marielle Côté-Gendrea, McGill University
Title of paper: “Tracking Napoleon, His Name and His Myth in 19th Century French Canada: Sociodemographic Regard on a Revealing Naming Pattern”

2018 No prize awarded

2017 Daniel Duncan, New York University
Title of paper: “Understanding St. Louis’ Love for Hoosier

2016 Maryann Parada, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Title of paper: “Ethnolinguistic Emblems in Latino Chicago: Attitudes of the Second Generation toward Names and Naming

2015 David Robertson, University of Victoria
Title of paper: “Naming Chinook Jargon”

2013 Diane Dechief, University of Toronto
Title of paper: “In the Name of Performance: The Presentation of Personal Names Shifted Through Immigration to Canada”

2012 Alison Burns, University of Glasgow
Title of paper: “A socio-onomastic Study of Field-names in Aberdeenshire, Scotland”

2011 Giancarla Unser Schutz, Hitotsubashi University
Title of paper: “Manipulating Reading: New Trends in the Structural Patterns of Japanese Baby Names”

2010 Carol G. Lombard, University of Montana
Title of paper: “The Sociocultural Significance of Niitsitapi Personal Names: An Ethnographic Analysis

2009 Idowu Olusola Odebode, Redeemer’s University
Title of paper: “Naming Systems During Yoruba Wars: A Sociolinguistic Study