Dr Gwen Burnyeat wins the 2023 Public Anthropologist Award

Congratulations to Dr Gwen Burnyeat, Junior Research Fellow, who has won the 2023 Public Anthropologist Award for her book The Face of Peace. Government Pedagogy amid Disinformation in Colombia (The University of Chicago Press, 2022).

The Public Anthropologist Award is awarded by the journal Public Anthropologist to a social and cultural anthropologist who has published an outstanding contribution that addresses – in innovative, engaging and compelling ways – key societal issues related to one or more of the following topics: violence, war, poverty, social movements, freedom, aid, rights, injustice, inequality, social exclusion, racism, health, and environmental challenges.

Dr Burnyeat has worked on peace and conflict in Colombia for over a decade as both an engaged scholar and peacebuilding practitioner. The Face of Peace is an engaging journey into the complexity of Colombians' peace efforts and challenges. Moving between different scales of inquiry, Dr Burnyeat explains the intricacies of the government-public relationship and the dynamics and failures of liberal peace-making. The result is a great ethnography and a precious reference for comparative analyses on peace processes. 

To read an interview with Dr Burnyeat about her work, click here.