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Humanities Book Award (IHR)

The Humanities Book Award from Arizona State University's Institute for Humanities Research was established in 2008 and "is presented [annually] for a non-fiction work that exemplifies ... socially engaged humanities-based scholarship."

About the Honorees

2021 Winner
Barker, Hannah,
Now: Assistant Professor, History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, The College, Arizona State University


2021 Honorable Mention
Fahs, Breanne,
Now: Professor, Women and Gender Studies, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, New Colege of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University


2021 Honorable Mention
Florini, Sarah,
Now: Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English, The College, Arizona State University


2021 Honorable Mention
Fonseca-Chávez, Vanessa,
Now: Assistant Professor, English, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University


2021 Honorable Mention
Hedberg Olenina, Ana,
Now: Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Media Studies, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University


2020 Winner
Juan Du,
Honorary Associate Professor, Architecture, Hong Kong University


2020 Honorable Mention
Francine Banner,
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan-Dearborn


2019 Winner
Julian Lim, Assistant Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, The College, Arizona State University
Now: Associate Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, The College, Arizona State University


2019 Honorable Mention
Julia Himberg, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English, The College, Arizona State University
Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, Department of English, The College, Arizona State University


2018 Winner
Rebecca J. Kinney, Associate Professor, School of Cultural and Critical Studies and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Now: Associate Professor, School of Cultural and Critical Studies and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University


2018 Honorable Mention
Jordan T. Camp, Visiting Scholar, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Now: Visiting Scholar, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University


2018 Honorable Mention
C. Riley Snorton, Associate Professor, Africana Studies & Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University
Now: Professor, English Language and Literature, Department of English Language and Literature, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago


2017 Winner
Lee Charles, Associate Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University.
Now: Associate Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, The College, Arizona State University.


2016 Winner
Martijn Konings, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
Now: Professor of Political Economy and Social Theory, Department of Political Economy, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney


2015 Winner
Ann Hibner Koblitz, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
Now: Professor Emeritus, Women and Gender Studies, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University


2014 Winner
Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University: Professor of English
Now: Retired, see Scrapbook History: 19th Century Media


2013 Winner
Ron Broglio, Assistant Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
Now: Professor of English, Department of English, The College, Arizona State University


2012 Winner
Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Now: Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, Professor of English, Department of English, Princeton University


2011 Winner
Prasad Boradkar, Associate Professor: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: Arizona State University
Now: Senior Sustainability Scholar, Arizona State University


2010 Winner
Silvia Spitta, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College
Now: Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College


2009 Winner
Claudia Sadowski-Smith, Assistant Professor, English, Arizona State University
Now: Professor of English, Department of English, The College, Arizona State University


2008 Winner
Marita Sturken, Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Now: Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University


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