Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies

The Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies, established in 2008 and sponsored by the Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology, or geography in the previous calendar year. The Davis Center Book Prize carries a cash award. The award is presented at the ASEEES National Convention.

Gulnaz SharafutdinovaThe Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s Insecure Identity (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Kathryn GraberMixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia (Cornell University Press)

Rules of eligibility for the Davis Center book prize competition are as follows:

    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2020 to be eligible for the 2021 competition)
    • The book must be originally in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors
    • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English
    • Works may deal with any area of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe
    • The competition is open to works of scholarship in anthropology, political science, sociology, or geography, and also to social science works that cross strict disciplinary boundaries
    • Textbooks, collections, translations (including self-nominations), bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
    • Self-published books are also ineligible

Fill out and submit this form to notify the Association of your intent to nominate a publication for the Davis Center prize. As of 2020 books may only be nominated for two prizes (eg this prize and one other.)

Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below). The nomination form must be submitted by no later than April 15. And books must be received by no later than May 15. (Books not received by the deadline may not be considered.) Please send one copy as an ebook to newsnet@pitt.edu. (ASEEES will require two copies of the winning book to be sent to us but cannot accept print books at this time.)

Submissions should be clearly marked “Davis Center Book Prize Nomination.” 

Please direct questions to Mary Arnstein (ASEEES Communications Coordinator) at newsnet@pitt.edu

The winner of the Davis Center Book Prize will be chosen by the following scholars:

Emily Channell-Justice, Harvard U, 2020-2022, Chair:
Print books are preferred. Please mail submissions to:
Emily Channell-Justice
Ukrainian Research Institute
34 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Ebooks will be accepted, where needed: echannelljustice@fas.harvard.edu

Jeffrey Kopstein, UC Irvine, 2020-2022
Print books are preferred. Please mail submissions to:
Jeffrey Kopstein
1008 Madison Place
Laguna Beach CA
92651
Ebooks will be accepted, where needed: kopstein@uci.edu

Ola Onuch, U of Manchester (UK), 2020-2022
Print books are preferred. Please mail submissions to:
Olga Onuch
55 Etta Wylie Rd. Studio 201
Toronto Ontario. M8v3z8.
Canada
Ebooks will be accepted, where needed: olga.onuch@manchester.ac.uk

(for customs use): Please mark the nominated books as "gift" to alert Customs that this is not a commercial shipment/to insure the recipient does not have to pay for the items.
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