October 23, 2018

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The American Studies Association is proud to recognize the continuing high level of scholarship examining our American cultures. We ask all members of the Association to join in congratulating their fellow members to be honored at this year’s award ceremony at our annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, in the Westin Peachtree, Augusta Room, Seventh Floor, with champagne and non-alcoholic beverages available to toast and cheer this year’s fantastic award winners! We hope to see you there!

The 2018 Constance M. Rourke Prize
Chair: Michael Innis-Jiménez, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Marguerite Nguyen, Wesleyan University
Ivy Wilson, Northwestern University

The Constance Rourke Prize has been awarded annually since 1987 for the best article published in American Quarterly. The winner of this year’s prize is Juliet Nebolon, “’Life Given Straight from the Heart’: Settler Militarism, Biopolitics, and Public Health in Hawai’i during World War II.”  69:1 (2017).

The 2018 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize
Rebecca Schreiber, University of New Mexico
Ruby Tapia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University

The Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, established in 1974, has been awarded annually since 1987 by the Association for the best dissertation in American Studies.  The committee is pleased to choose Salvador Zárate (University of California, San Diego) as the 2018 prize winner for “The Social Life of Plants: Black and Latina Reproductive Laborers in the U.S. Sunbelt, 1921-1963.”

The committee also selected three finalists: Amani Morrison (University of California, Berkeley) for “Kitchenette Building: A Cultural History;” Juliet Nebolon (Yale University) for “Settler Militarism: World War II in Hawai’i and the Making of Transpacific Empire,” and Tina Post (Yale University) for “Deadpan Aesthetics in Black Expressive Culture.”

The 2018 Gene Wise - Warren Susman Prize
Chair: Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University
Aren Aizura, University of Minnesota
Maile Arvin, University of California, San Diego

The Gene Wise - Warren Susman Prize is awarded each year for the best paper to be presented by a graduate student at the annual meeting.  The winning paper may deal with any aspect of American history, literature, or culture, but should reflect the breadth, the critical imagination, the intellectual boldness, and the cross-disciplinary perspective so strongly a part of the scholarship of both Gene Wise and Warren Susman. 

The committee is pleased to announce the award for the best graduate student paper submitted for the 2018 meeting will go to Kathryn Vaggalis (University of Kansas), for "Off-White Brides and Their Lonely Swains: Cross-cultural Histories of Immigrant Picture Brides and the Process of U.S. Race Making." 

The committee also named one finalist: Whitney Barlow Robles (Harvard University) for "The Lost Serpent: Enchanting Rattlesnakes in the Revolutionary Atlantic."

The 2018 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize
Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
Kathryn Shanley, University of Montana

The Yasuo Sakakibara Prize is awarded for the best paper to be presented by an international scholar at the annual meeting.  The winning paper may deal with any aspect of American history, culture, or society.

The committee is pleased to announce the award for the best paper submitted by an international scholar for the 2018 meeting will go to Christine "Xine" Yao,  “(Un)Sympathetic Babo: Blackness, Science, and the Sentimental Politics of Recognition.”

The 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize
Chair: Shane Vogel, Indiana University, Bloomington
Margo Natalie Crawford, University of Pennsylvania
Mimi Thi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize was established in 2002 and is awarded annually for the best-published first book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation. 

The American Studies Association has awarded the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize to Sharon LukThe Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity (University of California Press).  According to the committee, “a theoretically sharp, elegantly written, and deeply moving work of scholarship, The Life of Paper examines how unspectacular acts of letter-writing by incarcerated subjects document and maneuver through the infrastructural scaffolding of citizenship, security, the nation-state, and global capitalism.”

The committee also named one finalist: Britt RusertFugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (New York University Press).

The 2018 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize
Chair: Alex Lubin, University of New Mexico
Moon Ho-Jung, University of Washington, Seattle
Mireille Miller Young, University of California, Santa Barbara

The John Hope Franklin Publication Prize was established in 1986 and has been awarded annually for the best book published in American Studies.

The American Studies Association has awarded the 2018 John Hope Franklin Prize for the best published book in American Studies to Kelly Lytle Hernández, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965 (University of North Carolina Press).  “We were especially impressed by the City of Inmates’ approach to reading settler colonialism, racial capitalism, and incarceration together. The book’s many interventions offer a history of the present as it relates to mass incarceration and immigration debates,” the committee noted.

The committee is also pleased to name another exceptional book as finalist:  Tiya Miles, The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (The New Press).

The 2018 Mary C. Turpie Prize
Chair: Lisa Lowe, Tufts University
Phillip Deloria, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kevin Murphy, University of Minnesota

Annually, the American Studies Association gives the Mary C. Turpie Prize, established in 1993, to a person who has demonstrated outstanding abilities and achievement in American Studies teaching, advising, and program development at the local or regional level. The 2018 prize winner is Matthew J. Mancini, Saint Louis University.

“It is our pleasure to award you the Mary Turpie Prize, in recognition of your years at your years at Saint Louis University as a scholar, teacher, colleague, mentor, and program builder in the American Studies Department there. Your colleagues wrote eloquently about your distinguished career as a scholar, and your transformative role during the fifteen years as department chair (2000-2015), building the program into a vibrant intellectual location for training in the field’s major approaches and methods. The record of SLU's recent doctoral students and the department's placement record speaks volumes, and we can think of no one more deserving of the 2018 award,” stated the committee.

The 2018 Angela Davis Prize Committee
  Curtis Marez, University of California, San Diego
May C. Fu, University of San Diego
Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside

The Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship recognizes scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the “public good.” This includes work that explicitly aims to educate the lay public, influence policies, or in other ways seeks to address inequalities in imaginative, practical, and applicable forms. The 2018 prizewinner is Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago. 

According to the committee, “while we were all familiar with Dr. Ransby’s important contributions, it was both impressive and inspiring to read such glowing testimonials from so many colleagues. What emerges is a compelling picture of a brilliant and courageous career devoted to social justice.  Our expectations for the Davis Prize are extremely high and it is thus not awarded every year.  But this year our expectations were exceeded, and we are excited to name you the winner.”

The 2018 Bode-Pearson Prize
Chair: Lisa Duggan, New York University
Joanne Barker, San Francisco State University
Fred Moten, University of California, Riverside

The Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize honors lifetime achievement in and contribution to the field of American Studies. Each year’s prize committee is instructed to consider afresh the meaning of a “lifetime contribution to American Studies.” The definitions of terms like “contribution” and even of “American studies” remain open, healthily contested, and thus renewed.  The 2018 prizewinner is Lisa Lowe (Tufts University).

The Committee noted that “the letters of nomination that we received were spectacular, outlining many years of both the highest achievement, and significant mentorship and field building. Your scholarship has shaped the direction of work in transnational, intersectional American Studies, and your students have extended your influence throughout the US academy. We are deeply honored to be able to recognize your lifetime achievement at our conference in the fall.”

Committee Prizes
Three prizes each awarded by a standing committee of the association will be formally presented at the brunch Generational Gifts: A Convivial Celebration of Mentoring, Scholarship, and the Future of American Studies, to be held 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, November 10th, Westin Peachtree The Overlook.

The 2018 Critical Ethnic Studies Essay Prize

The Critical Ethnic Studies Essay Prize is awarded by the Committee on Ethnic Studies for the best paper to be presented at the annual meeting in critical ethnic studies in comparative, transnational and global contexts. The 2018 prizewinner is Sandhya Shukla for her paper, "The Visual and Textual Lives of Harlem Solidarity: Yuri Kochiyama’s Relation to Malcolm X.”

The 2018 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize

The ASA’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies awards the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize to an independent scholar and/or contingent or community college faculty member who demonstrates an affinity with Anzaldúa’s oeuvre, vision, or political commitments and who addresses connections among some or all of the following categories:  race, ethnicity, citizenship, class, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability.  The 2018 prizewinner is Aishah Shahidah Simmons (cultural worker/independent scholar).

The committee will also recognize two finalists: Andrea Hernández Holm (University of Arizona) and Mimi Khúc (University of Maryland-Baltimore County).

The 2018 Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award

The ASA Minority Scholars Committee awards the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award to honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring underrepresented faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and/or college, university or high school students. The 2018 prize will be awarded to Lisa Lowe (Tufts University).

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