Student Flachs awarded Eric Wolf Prize

Andrew Flachs, a sociocultural anthropology graduate student in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded the Political Ecology Society Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper based in substantive field research that makes an innovative contribution to political ecology.


The competition is open to graduate students who are about to complete their PhD or have received it within three years prior to the contest deadline. A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which is presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Flachs’ research focuses on the production and adaptation of knowledge on organic and conventional farms in Telangana, India, and he has written blog posts for National Geographic. His paper, titled “Redefining Success: The Political Ecology of Genetically Modified and Organic Cotton as Solutions to Agrarian Crisis,” will be published in the 2016 edition of the Journal of Political Ecology.