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 2017, 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 2018.
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 (updated information TBA).
2014: Ellen Wu, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2014).
2015: 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).
2016: Lori Flores, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press).