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Diversity Book Awards

Non-Fiction Awards: Women/Gender Studies

Alison Piepmeier Book Prize groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship (National Women’s Studies Association)

2019: Megan Glick, Infrahumanisms: Science, Culture, and the Making of Modern Non/personhood (Duke University Press, 2018).   

2018 Winners:
Jasbir K. Puar,
The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability
(Duke University Press, 2017).   
Subini Ancy Annamma,
The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-prison Nexus (Routledge, 2017).   

2017: Eunjung Kim, Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Korea (Duke University Press, 2016). 

BCWH Book Prize first book that deals substantially with the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality (Berkshire Conference of Women Historians)

2019: Lauren Jae Gutterman, Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). 

2018: Keisha N. Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). 

2017: Sasha Turner, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). 

2016: Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).   

Best Book Award - Women's Issues (American Book Fest)

2020: Seema Yasmin, Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure (Harper Design, 2020).   

2019: Marika Lindholm, Cheryl Dumesnil, Domenica Ruta, and Katherine Shonk, We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor (She Writes Press, 2019).   

2018: Susan M. Shaw, Women's Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2018).   

2017: Peg A. Lamphier and Rosanne Welch, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017).   

2016: Nina Ansary, Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran (Revela Press, 2015). 

Darlene Clark Hine Award best book in African American women's and gender history (Organization of American Historians)

2021: Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (The University of North Carolina Press, 2019).   

2020: Shennette Garrett-Scott (University of Mississippi), Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019).   

2019: Keisha N. Blain (University of Pittsburgh), Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).   

2018: Deirdre Cooper Owens (Queens College), Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology (University of Georgia Press, 2017).   

2017: LaShawn D. Harris (Michigan State University), Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City's Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press, 2016).   

2016: Talitha L. LeFlouria (University of Virginia), Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). 

Emily Toth Award best single work in women’s studies (Popular Culture Association)

2020: Rachel González, Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities (University of Texas Press, 2019). 

2019: Donna Zuckerburg, Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2018).   

2018: Katherine J. Parkin, Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). 

2017 Winners:

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation (Princeton University Press, 2016).  Sarah E. Whitney, Splattered Ink: Postfeminist Gothic Fiction and Gendered Violence (University of Illinois Press, 2016). 

2016: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (University of Illinois Press, 2015). 

Gita Chaudhuri Prize best monograph about the history of women in rural environments (Western Association of Women Historians)

2020: Cynthia Prescott, Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) 

2019: Sara Egge, Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920 (University of Iowa Press, 2018) 

2017: Sarah Carter, Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies (University of Manitoba Press, 2016).   

2016: Karen Hansen, Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890 – 1930 (Oxford University Press, 2013). 

Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies (National Women’s Studies Association)

2019: Jennifer Nash, Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Duke University Press, 2019).   

2018: Debarati Sen, Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling (SUNY Press, 2017).   

2017: Lorgia García-Peña, The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke University Press, 2016).   

2016: Sylvanna M. Falcon, Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016). 

Heldt Prizes (Association for Women in Slavic Studies)

Book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies

2020: Jennifer Carroll, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell University Press, 2019) 

2019: Hannah Pollin-Galay, Ecologies of Witnessing: Language, Place, and Holocaust Testimony (Yale University Press, 2018) 

2018: Edyta Materka, Dystopia's Provocateurs: Peasants, State, and Informality in the Polish-German Borderlands (Indiana University Press, 2017).   

2017: Rebecca Gould, Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016). 

2016: Lisa Kirschenbaum, International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies

2020: Olga Peters Hasty, How Women Must Write: Inventing the Russian Woman Poet (Northwestern University Press, 2019) 

2019: KateĊ™ina Lišková, Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style: Communist Czechoslovakia and the Science of Desire, 1945-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 

2017: Iveta Jusová and Jirina Šiklová, Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe (Indiana University Press, 2016). 

2016: Keely Stauter-Halsted, The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland (Cornell University Press, 2015).

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory (American Historical Association)

2020: Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019). 

2019: Nicole E. Barnes, Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 (University of California Press, 2018).   

2018: Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Belknap Press, 2017).   

2017: Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).   

2016: Keely Stauter-Halsted, The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland (Cornell University Press, 2015).

Julia Cherry Spruill Prize best book in southern women’s history (Southern Association for Women Historians)

2019: Rebecca Tuuri, Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in The Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).   

2018: Sasha Turner, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).   

2017: Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).   

2016: LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). 

Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize outstanding book or article on the history of women in science (History of Science Society)

2020: Myrna Perez Sheldon,  “Breeding Mixed Race Women for Profit and Pleasure” , American Quarterly 71, no. 3 (2019): 741-765. 

2019: Elaine Leong, Recipes and Everyday Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and the Household in Early Modern England (University of Chicago Press, 2018). 

2018: Kara Swanson, “Rubbing Elbows and Blowing Smoke: Gender, Class, and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Patent Office,” Isis 108, no. 1 (March 2017): 40-61.

*Don’t have access to. Holdings end after 2015.   

2017: Laura Micheletti Puaca, Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). 

2016: Paola Bertucci, “The In/visible Woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli and the Circulation of Knowledge between Paris and Naples in the Eighteenth Century,”, Isis 104, no. 2 (June 2013): 226-249.

Mary Kelley Prize best book published on the history of women, gender, or sexuality in the Early American Republic (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic)

2019: Kabria Baumgartner, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women’s Educational Activism in Antebellum America (NYU Press, 2019). 

2018: Nora Doyle, Maternal Bodies: Redefining Motherhood in Early America (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).   

2017: Leigh Fought, Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (Oxford University Press, 2017). 

2016: Laurel Clark Shire, The Threshold of Manifest Destiny: Gender and National Expansion in Florida (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Mary Nickliss Prize path breaking work in U.S. women's and/or gender History (Organization of American Historians)

2021: Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (The University of North Carolina Press, 2019).   

2020: Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals (W. W. Norton, 2019). 

2019: Colleen McDannell (University of Utah), Sister Saints: Mormon Women since the End of Polygamy (Oxford University Press, 2018).   

2018: Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Belknap Press, 2017).   

2017: Katherine Turk (University of North Carolina), Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).   

2016: Cassandra Alexis Good (University of Mary Washington), Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2015).   

NWSA/UIP First Book Prize first book manuscript by a single author in the field of women's and gender studies (National Women’s Studies Association)

2019: Shamara Wyllie Alhassan, Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World

2018 Winners:
Wen Liu, Assembling Asian America: Psychological Technologies and Queer Subjectivities

Nishant Upadhyay, Indians on Indian Lands: Intersections of Race, Caste, and Indigeneity

2017: Nicosia M. Shakes, Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre

2016: Michele Eggers, Embodying Inequality: The Criminalization of Women for Abortion in Chile

Outstanding Book Award - Women's Issues (Independent Publisher Book Award)

2020:

Gold  Winners:
Katie Rose Guest Pryal,
Even If You're Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (Blue Crow Books, 2019).   
Celeste Watkins-Hayes,
Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront  Inequality (University of California Press, 2019).   

Silver- Marika Lindholm, Cheryl Dumesnil, Domenica Ruta, and Katherine Shonk, We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor (She Writes Press, 2019).   

Bronze- Jennifer Rigby, The Other Ladies of Myanmar (ISEAS, 2018).   

2019:

 Gold- Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez, Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2018).   

 Silver- Rickey Gard Diamond, Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change (She Writes Press, 2018).   

Bronze- Kim Kane, Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude (Wise Ink Creative Publishing, 2017).   

2018

 Gold- Myrna  Gold-enberg, Before All Memory is Lost: Women’s Voices from the Holocaust (The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, 2017). 

Silver- Johanna Neuman, Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote (NYU Press, 2017).   

Bronze- Winners
Anne Michaud,
Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives
(Ogunquit-NY Press, 2017).  
Lori Perkins,
#Me Too: Essays About How and Why This Happened, What it Means, and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2017).   

2017:

 Gold- CALYX Editorial Collective, Memories Flow in Our Veins:Forty Years of Women's Writing from CALYX (Ooligan Press, 2016).   

 Silver- Donna M. Kowal, Tongue of Fire: Emma  Gold-man, Public Womanhood, and the Sex Question (SUNY Press, 2016).   

Bronze- Marjorie K. Eastman, The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11 (Longbow Six Publishing, 2016).   

2016:

Gold Winners:
Peter Freed,
Prime Reflections on Time and Beauty (Self Published, 2015).  
Tamara Winfrey Harris,
The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015).   

Silver- Cindy Peyser Safronoff, Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage (This One Thing, 2015).   

Bronze- Joanne Cronrath Bamberger, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox (She Writes Press, 2015). 

Sara A. Whaley Book Prize monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives (National Women’s Studies Association)

2019 Winners:

Alys Weinbaum, The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History (Duke University Press, 2019).   
Tara Patricia Cookson,
Unjust Conditions: Women's Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs (University of California Press, 2018).   

2018: Kathryn Moeller, The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development (University of California Press, 2018).   

2017 Winners:
Hanan Hammad,
Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt (University of Texas Press, 2016).   
Shatema Threadcraft,
Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic (Oxford University Press, 2016).   

2016 Winners: Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).   Premilla Nadasen, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon Press, 2015). 

SSEWMG Book Award scholarly work on women and gender in the early modern period - ca.1450-1750 (Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender)

2019: Nadine Akkerman, Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2018).   

2018: Amy Froide, Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain’s Financial Revolution, 1690-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2016). 

*Temporarily out of stock (at time of viewing, 5/7/2021).   

2017: Allyson M. Poska, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). 

2016: Valerie Traub, Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

Susan Koppelman Award best book in feminist studies in popular and American culture (Popular Culture Association)

2020 Winners: Zahra Hankir, Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World (Penguin Books, 2019).  Diane Noomin, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival (Abrams Comic Arts, 2019). 

2019: Tim Rayborn and Abigail Keyes, Jessica Jones, Scarred Hero: Essays on Gender, Trauma, and Addiction in the Netflix Series (McFarland & Company, 2018).   

2018: Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant, Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy (University of Texas Press, 2017). 

2017 Winners: Mary Chapman, Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism, and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016).  Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp, Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press, 2016). 

2016: Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble, Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries (Teneo Press, 2015).

Victoria Schuck Award best book on women and politics (American Political Science Association)

2020: Melody Ellis Valdini, The Inclusion Calculation: Why Men Appropriate Women’s Representation (Oxford University Press, 2019).   

2019: Brooke A. Ackerly, Just Responsibility: A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice (Oxford University Press, 2018).   

2018: Kara Ellerby, No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World (NYU Press, 2017).   

2017: J. Kevin Corder and Christina Wolbrecht, Counting Women's Ballots: Female voters from Suffrage to through the New Deal (Cambridge University Press, 2016).   

2016: Sarah Deer, The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). 

WILLA Literary Award the best in scholarly nonfiction featuring women’s or girls’ stories set in the West (Women Writing the West)

2020: Lynn Downey, Arequipa Sanatorium: Life in California’s Lung Resort for Women (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).   

2019: Heather Mayer, Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 2018).   

2018: Candace Wellmen, Peace Weavers, Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages (Washington State University Press, 2017).   

2017: Jennifer J. Lawrence, Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802-1876 (High Plains Press, 2016).   

2016: Lesley Poling-Kempes, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2015). 

Willie Lee Rose Prize best book on any topic in southern history written by a woman (Southern Association for Women Historians)

2019: Diane Miller Somerville, Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).   

2018: Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Belknap Press, 2017).   

2017 Winners:

Greta De Jong, You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice After the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).   Sarah Haley, No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).   

2016: Elaine Frantz Parsons, Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan During Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).   

Women & Men in the 21st Century Book Award (Nautilus Book Awards)

2019: Nancy Agabian, Fierce: Essays by and About Dauntless Women (Nauset Press, 2019).   

2018: Nina Simons, Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership (Green Fire Press, 2018).   

2017 Winners:
Pia Orleane,
Sacred Retreat: Using Natural Cycles to Recharge Your Life
(Bear & Company, 2017).   Jessica Yu, Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman and the Children She Saves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017).   

2016, Winners Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon, The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love, and Lead (She Writes Press, 2016).   Wendy Wallbridge, Spiraling Upward: The 5 Co-Creative Powers for Women on the Rise (Routledge, 2015). 

Women's Studies Adult Nonfiction Award books that deal with the experiences, issues, and advancement of women throughout history and today (Forward Indies)

2019: Gloria Browne-Marshall, The African-American Woman: 400 Years of Perseverance (Law and Policy Group Press). 

2018: Kelly J. Baker, Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Raven Books, 2018).   

2017: Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster, Wonder Girls: Changing Our World (powerHouse Books, 2017).   

2016: Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer, and Paul Lang, Vigée Le Brun (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016). 

Fiction Awards: Women/Gender Studies

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize fiction by an American woman (Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies)

2020: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Revisioners: A Novel (Counter Point Press, 2019).   

2018: Tiffany Quay Tyson, The Past Is Never (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018).   

2017: Marian Crotty, What Counts as Love (University of Iowa Press, 2017).   

2016: Elizabeth Poliner, As Close to Us as Breathing (Back Bay Books, 2016). 

Women's Prize for Fiction (Women’s Prize Trust, UK)

2020: Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet (Knopf, 2020).   

2019: Tayari Jones, An American Marriage: A Novel (Chapel Hill, 2018). 

2018: Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (Riverhead Books, 2018).   

2017: Naomi Alderman, The Power (Brown and Company, 2017).   

2016: Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies (Tim Duggan Books, 2016).