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First Book Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society announces a new prize to recognize the work of early career scholars in the field of U.S. immigration and ethnic history. The 2017 “First Book Award” award will be presented to the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration and ethnic history of the United States and/or North America. To be eligible for the award, a book must be copyrighted 2016, must be based on substantial primary research, must present a major new scholarly interpretation, and must be an author’s first academic monograph. The $2000 award will be presented at the annual IEHS banquet in April 2017.

A book may be nominated by its author, the publisher, a member of the prize committee, or a member of the Society. Inquiries and nominations should be submitted to the chair of the First Book Prize Committee, Kevin M. Schultz, at Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016, and one copy of the book should be sent to each of the three committee members:

Kevin M. Schultz
Associate Professor of History, Catholic Studies, and Religious Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago,  Department of History (MC 198)
913 University Hall
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7109

Ellen Eisenberg
Dwight and Margaret Lear Professor of American History
Willamette University
Eaton 101
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

Richard Kim
Chair and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
University of California at Davis
3101 Hart Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616


Previous Recipients of the Award

2015: Ellen Wu, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2014).

2016: Adam D. Mendelsohn’s The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire (New York University Press, 2015).
2017: Lori Flores, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press).