2023 ASALH BOOK PRIZE

For the best new book in African American history and culture

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) awards an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture. Books must engage archives in order to be eligible for consideration, however, the book prize committee invites submissions from across disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries.

The ASALH Book Prize committee is interested in projects that model rigorous and imaginative approaches to this field of study; books that are beautifully written; books that have clear implications for how we teach and represent specific aspects of African American history and culture; books that have the capacity to introduce important aspects of African American experiences to broad publics; books that use sharp analyses of African American history and culture to speak boldly to the contemporary moment; books that engage with new and/or previously underutilized archives; and books that use particular experiences in African American history and culture to illuminate universal aspects of the human experience.

NOTE: ASALH also co-sponsors an annual book award with the American Historical Association. This is the Wesley-Logan Prize for historical scholarship on the African Diaspora

Selection Committee: co-chairs Gerald Horne (Professor, University of Houston) and Ula Taylor (Professor, UC Berkeley), and jurors Elizabeth Todd-Breland (Assoc. Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago), Christopher Tinson (Assoc. Professor, St. Louis University), and Kellie Carter-Jackson (Assoc. Professor, Wellesley College).

Eligibility

Books with a 2022 copyright date are eligible for the 2023 award. Bound page proofs can be considered for books published after October 2022 (though published book should be mailed to jurors by January 1, 2023).

  1. Book nominations can be made by an author or by a university or trade press publisher. Publishers may submit multiple entries.
  2. Textbooks, juvenile literature, documentary collections, fiction, poetry, and collections of essays are not eligible.

Submission Process

  1. Submit book titles using the link below. Deadline for submission of book titles is September 15, 2022. (No book will be considered without the book submission form)
    https://forms.gle/chUawDXDZfLdDeeQA
  2. All books must be received by book prize jurors by October 15, 2022. Instructions for mailing books to jurors will be communicated shortly after title submission deadline.

For more information about The ASALH Book Prize visit:
https://asalh.org/awards/the-asalh-book-prize/ 
or contact: bookprize@asalh.org 

2022 ASALH BOOK PRIZE

WINNER: Jarvis R. Givens, Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2021

The ASALH Book Prize for the best new book in African American history and culture

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) awards an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture.

The winner of the ASALH Book Prize was announced on February 17, during ASALH’s 2022 Black History Month Virtual Festival. Additionally, the winning author will be featured in a virtual book roundtable hosted by ASALH-TV in April 2022.

Selection Committee: co-chairs Gerald Horne (Professor, University of Houston) and Ula Taylor (Professor, UC Berkeley), and jurors Elizabeth Todd-Breland (Assoc. Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago), Christopher Tinson (Assoc. Professor, St. Louis University), and Kellie Carter-Jackson (Assoc. Professor, Wellesley College).

FINALISTS

Tamika Y. Nunley, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C., Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2021

Keith Wailoo, Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021

Erica R. Edwards, The Other Side of Terror: Black Women and the Culture of US Empire, New York: New York University Press, 2021

Destin Jenkins, The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021

V. P. Franklin, The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement, Boston: Beacon Press, 2021

K. Stephen Prince, The Ballad of Robert Charles: Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021

Elizabeth Hinton, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960’s, New York: Liveright, 2021