The Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) invites submissions for the First Book Award. The $2,000 award is presented every year at the IEHS banquet during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians to recognize the work of early career scholars in the field of immigration and ethnic history of the United States and/or North America.


To be eligible for the award, a book must be copyrighted 2024, 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.

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

Mike Amezcua (Chair), Laura Madokoro, and Seema Sohi

A hard copy of the book will be submitted to each committee member at the following addresses by the deadline: December 31, 2024.

Dr. Mike Amezcua
Georgetown University
Department of History
ICC 600
3700 O Street, NW
Washington DC

Dr. Laura Madokoro
Department of History
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Dr. Seema Sohi
1775 Central Campus Mall
Ketchum 184, 339 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0339

Previous Recipients

Mike Amezcua Making Mexican Chicago

Carly Goodman

2024 – Honorable Mention
Mike Amezcua Making Mexican Chicago

Sarah McNamara

Sarah McNamara, Ybor City: Crucible of the Latino South.

(University of North Carolina Press, 2023)

2023 – Honorable Mention

Kristina Shull


Jessica Ordaz


Ashley Johnson Bavery

Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border.

(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)


Danielle Battisti


Rosina Lozano

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