The Immigration and Ethnic History Society awards a prize to recognize the work of early career scholars in the field of U.S. immigration and ethnic history. The First Book 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 2022, must be based on substantial primary research, must present a major new scholarly interpretation, and must be an author’s first academic monograph. Edited collections or multi-authored books are not eligible.

The $2,000 award will be presented at the annual IEHS banquet in 2023.

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, which will reach all committee members.

Committee Members

Danielle Battisti (Chair), Ashley Johnson-Bavery, Carl Lindskoog

Copies of the book must be received by all three members of the committee at the following addresses by the deadline: December 31, 2022.

Dr. Danielle Battisti
University of Nebraska – Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
287T Arts and Sciences Hall
Omaha, NE 68182

Dr. Ashley Johnson-Bavery
Department of History & Philosophy
701 Pray Harrold Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Dr. Carl Lindskoog
Department of Humanities Social Science Social Work and Education
Somerset Hall, S-336
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Rd.
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Previous Recipients

Jessica Ordaz - 2022

The Shadow of El Centro: A History of Migrant Incarceration and Solidarity

(University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

Ashley Johnson Bavery - 2021

Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border  

(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

Danielle Battisti - 2020

Rosina Lozano - 2019

An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States (University of California Press, 2018)

Honorable Mention

Daniel Inouye, Distant Islands: The Japanese American Community in New York City, 1876-1930s. (University Press of Colorado, 2018)

Hidetaka Hirota - 2018