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Association of American Publishers Announces Finalists for 2019 PROSE Awards

Association of American Publishers Announces Finalists for 2019 PROSE Awards

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled 165 Finalists across 49 subject categories for the 2019 PROSE Awards (#PROSEAwards) honoring scholarly works published in 2018. Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence [PROSE Awards] have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study in a given year.

A panel of 18 judges reviewed more than 500 entries in this year’s competition. The Finalists announced today have achieved a tremendous honor that speaks to the breadth and depth of scholarly publishing.

On January 29, 2019, AAP will further refine the field by announcing a Subject Category Winner from among the Finalists in each category. Subject Category Winners will go on to compete for one of four awards:

  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

Biological and Life Sciences | Humanities | Physical Sciences and Mathemetics | Reference Works | Social Sciences

One of these four will receive, the R.R. Hawkins Award, the ultimate winner of the annual PROSE competition.

AAP will reveal the R.R. Hawkins Award Winner and the four PROSE Award for Excellence Winners at the PROSE Award luncheon in Washington, DC on February 7, 2019 at the 2019 AAP Conference for Professional and Scholarly Publishing. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available at the luncheon. To register, please contact Sara Pinto at


The 2019 PROSE Award Finalists by Subject Category

Biological and Life Sciences | Humanities | Physical Sciences and Mathemetics | Reference Works | Social Sciences

Biological and Life Sciences

Biological Science | Biomedicine & Neuroscience | Clinical Medicine | Nursing & Allied Health | Clinical Psychology

Biological Science

  • CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, 3rd Edition
    CRC Press/Taylor & Francis
    Frances M.D. GullandLeslie A. Dierauf, and Karyl L. Whitman

  • Extended Heredity: A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution
    Princeton University Press
    Russell Bonduriansky and Troy Day

  • First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery
    Harvard University Press
    Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr

  • Management of Animal Care and Use Programs in Research, Education, and Testing, 2nd Edition
    CRC Press/Taylor & Francis
    Robert H. Weichbrod, Gail A. (Heidbrink) Thompson, and John N. Norton

  • Who We Are and How We Got Here
    Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House
    David Reich

Biomedicine & Neuroscience

  • Cajal's Neuronal Forest: Science and Art
    Oxford University Press
    Javier DeFelipe
  • Human Spatial Navigation
    Princeton University Press
    Arne D. Ekstrom, Hugo J. Spiers, Véronique D. Bohbot & R. Shayna Rosenbaum
  • The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis
    Princeton University Press 
    Ralph Adolphs and David J. Anderson

Clinical Medicine

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy
    Demos Medical, an Imprint of Springer Publishing
    John C. Cianca MD, Shounuck I. Patel DO
  • Nelson Pediatric Symptom-Based Diagnosis
    Robert M. Kliegman, Patricia S. Lye, Brett J. Bordini, Heather Toth, and Donald Basel

Nursing & Allied Health  

  • Clinical Leadership for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
    Springer Publishing Company
    Michael Huckabee PhD, PA-C
  • Lehne's Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Providers, 1st Edition
    Laura D. Rosenthal and Jacqueline Rosenjack Burchum

Clinical Psychology

  • Men in White Coats: Treatment Under Coercion
    Oxford University Press
    George Szmukler
  • The Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain
    Yale University Press
    Nick Chater
  • The New Mind Readers: What Neuroimaging Can and Cannot Reveal about Our Thoughts
    Princeton University Press
    Russell A. Poldrack
  • Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond
    McGill-Queens University Press
    Edited by Cynthia Carson Bisbee, Paul Bisbee, Erika Dyck, Patrick Farrell, James Sexton and James W. Spisak



Archeology & Ancient History | Art Exhibitions | Art History & Criticism | Biography & Autobiography | Classics | Language & Linguistics | Literature | Media & Cultural Studies | Music & Performing Arts | North American/U.S. History | Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher | Philosophy | Theology & Religious Studies | World History

Archeology & Ancient History

  • Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
    Getty Publications
    Edited by Jeffrey Spier, Timothy Potts, and Sara E. Cole

  • The First Farmers of Europe: An Evolutionary Perspective
    Cambridge University Press
    Stephen Shennan
  • Rome Resurgent
    Oxford University Press
    Peter Heather
  • Troy: Myth, City, Icon
    Naoise Mac Sweeney
  • Unearthing childhood: Young lives in prehistory
    Manchester University Press
    Robin Derricourt

Art Exhibitions

  • Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment
    Princeton University Art Museum
    Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock
  • Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today
    Yale University Press
    Denise Murrell
  • The Renaissance Nude
    Getty Publications
    Edited by Thomas Kren with Jill Burke and Stephen J. Campbell Assisted by Andrea Herrera and Thomas DePasquale
  • The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
    RIT Press
    Edited by Jessica Marten
  • Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings
    Yale University Press
    Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Tim Barringer with Dorothy Mahon, Christopher Riopelle, and Shannon Vittoria

Art History & Criticism

  • Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture
    University of California Press
    Jason E. Hill
  • Moved to Tears: Rethinking the Art of the Sentimental in the United States
    Princeton University Press
    Rebecca Bedell
  • Orientalist Lives: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830–1920
    The American University in Cairo Press 
    James Parry

Biography & Autobiography

  • Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices From the Women's Liberation Movement
    NYU Press
    Joyce Antler
  • The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky
    The MIT Press
    Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett
  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    Oxford University Press
    Jeffrey C. Stewart


  • Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology
    Princeton University Press
    Adrienne Mayor
  • Londinium: A Biography: Roman London from Its Origins to the Fifth Century
    Richard Hingley
  • Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    Harvard University Press
    Donna Zuckerberg
  • A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity
    Douglas Boin

Language & Linguistics

  • An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States
    University of California Press
    Rosina Lozano
  • Changing Minds Changing Tools: From Learning Theory to Language Acquisition to Language Change
    The MIT Press
    Vsevolod Kapatsinski
  • Gender from Latin to Romance: History, Geography, Typology
    Oxford University Press
    Michele Loporcaro
  • Learning to Interpret: Working from English Into American Sign Language
    RIT Press
    Campbell McDermid


  • Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016
    Duke University Press
    Rafael Campo
  • A History of Russian Literature
    Oxford University Press
    Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, and Stephanie Sandler
  • Insomniac Dreams: Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov
    Princeton University Press
    Vladimir Nabokov, (Compiled, edited, and with commentaries by Gennady Barabtarlo)
  • Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
    Wilfrid Laurier University Press
    Daniel Heath Justice
  • The Work of Literary Translation
    Cambridge University Press
    Clive Scott
  • The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth
    Christopher Schaberg

Media and Cultural Studies

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
    NYU Press
    Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media
    Yale University Press
    Tarleton Gillespie
  • Ethics for a Digital Era
    Deni Elliott and Edward H. Spence
  • Nobody’s Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood
    Oxford University Press
    J.E. Smyth
  • On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News
    Harvard University Press
    Matthew Pressman

Music & the Performing Arts

  • Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound
    Samantha Bennett and Eliot Bates
  • Freedom's Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans
    LSU Press
    Photographs by Eric Waters and Narrative by Karen Celestan 
  • Guillaume Du Fay: The Life and Works
    Cambridge University Press
    Alejandro Planchart
  • Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer
    University of Michigan
    Bill Bruford
  • Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara
    Cambridge University Press
    Laurie Stras

North American/U.S. History

  • American Capitalism: New Histories
    Columbia University Press
    Edited by Sven Beckert and Christine Desan
  • Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America
    Cambridge University Press
    Martha S. Jones
  • Empire by Invitation: William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America
    Harvard University Press
    Michel Gobat
  • The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950
    University of North Carolina Press
    Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt
  • Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League
    NYU Press
    Stefan M. Bradley

Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher

  • Amity and Prosperity
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Eliza Griswold
  • Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
    Linda Kay Klein
  • Underbug
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Lisa Margonelli


  • Aristotle's Science of Matter and Motion
    University of Toronto Press
    Christopher Byrne
  • Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
    Oxford University Press
    Kate Manne
  • The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia
    NYU Press
    Gayle Salamon

Theology & Religious Studies

  • Against Dharma: Dissent in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics
    Yale University Press
    Wendy Doniger
  • God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts
    Yale University Press
    Brent Nongbri
  • The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis
    Oxford University Press
    Alan Jacobs 
  • Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800
    Oxford University Press
    Isabel Rivers

World History

  • Citizens without Nations: Urban Citizenship in Europe and the World, c.1000–1789
    Cambridge University Press
    Maarten Prak
  • Climate Change in Human History: Prehistory to the Present
    Benjamin Lieberman and Elizabeth Gordon
  • The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages
    Cambridge University Press
    Geraldine Heng
  • The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000
    Princeton University Press
    John Tutino
  • The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment
    Harvard University Press
    Alexander Bevilacqua
  • Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
    Yale University Press
    James Loeffler


Physical Sciences & Mathematics

Chemistry & Physics | Computing & Information Sciences | Cosmology & Astronomy | Earth Science | Engineering & Technology | Environmental Science | History of Science, Technology and Medicine | Mathematics | Popular Science & Popular Mathematics

Chemistry & Physics

  • Physical Chemistry of Gas-Liquid Interfaces
    Jennifer Faust and J.E. House

Computing & Information Sciences

  • Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World
    The MIT Press
    Meredith Broussard 
  • What Can Be Computed? A Practical Guide to the Theory of Computation
    Princeton University Press
    John MacCormick

Cosmology & Astronomy

  • Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact
    Cambridge University Press
    Steven J. Dick
  • The Great Silence
    Oxford University Press
    Milan M. Ćirković

Earth Science

  • Geocryology: Characteristics and Use of Frozen Ground and Permafrost Landforms
    CRC Press
    Stuart A. Harris, Anatoli Brouchkov & Cheng Guodong
  • Global Flood Hazard: Applications in Modeling, Mapping and Forecasting
    Guy J-P. Schumann, Paul D. Bates, Heiko Apel, Giuseppe T. Aronica
  • Machine Learning Techniques for Space Weather
    Enrico Camporeale, Simon Wing and Jay Johnson

Engineering & Technology

  • High Mobility Materials for CMOS Applications
    Nadine Collaert
  • Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Twelfth Edition
    McGraw-Hill Education
    Ali M. Sadegh and William M. Worek 
  • Space Safety and Human Performance
    Tommaso Sgobba, Barbara Kanki, Jean-Francois Clervoy and Gro Sandal
  • Vehicle Feedback and Driver Situation Awareness
    CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group
    Guy H. Walker, Neville A. Stanton, and Paul M. Salmon

Environmental Science

  • Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments: An Emerging Matter of Environmental Urgency
    Eddy Zeng
  • Statistical Downscaling and Bias Correction for Climate Research
    Cambridge University Press
    Douglas Maraun, Martin Widmann

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Atlas of Refugees, Displaced Populations, and Epidemic Diseases: Decoding Global Geographical Patterns and Processes Since 1901
    Oxford University Press
    Matthew Smallman-Raynor and Andrew Cliff
  • Designing an Internet
    The MIT Press
    David Clark
  • Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity
    Princeton University Press
    Theodore M. Porter


  • Geometric Group Theory
    American Mathematical Society
    Cornelia Druţu and Michael Kapovich
  • High-Dimensional Probability: An Introduction with Applications in Data Science
    Cambridge University Press
    Roman Vershynin
  • The Theory of Quantum Information
    Cambridge University Press
    John Watrous

Popular Science & Popular Mathematics

  • Anxiety and the Equation: Understanding Boltzmann's Entropy
    The MIT Press
    Eric Johnson
  • Is That a Big Number?
    Oxford University Press
    Andrew Elliott
  • Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
    Princeton University Press
    Marcia Bjornerud


Reference Works

eProducts | Best New Journal in Humanities | Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine | Best New Journal in Social Sciences | Innovation in Journal Publishing | Multivolume Reference/Humanities | Multivolume Reference/Science | Multivolume Reference/Social Sciences | Single Volume Reference/Humanities | Single Volume Reference/Science | Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences | Textbook/Clinical Science | Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics | Textbook/Social Sciences


  • BirdGenie™
    Princeton University Press
    Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope and Scott Whittle
  • Pan-Cancer Atlas
    Cell Press
    Lead Editor: Robert Kruger
  • Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia
    Gale, a Cengage company
    Rachel Holt

Best New Journal in Humanities

  • ASAP/Journal
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Jonathan Eburne
  • Journal of Chinese History
    Cambridge University Press
    Patricia Ebrey

Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Case Studies in the Environment
    University of California Press
    Wil Burns, Editor-in-Chief
  • GeoHealth
    AGU and Wiley
    Gabriel Filippelli, Editor in Chief

Best New Journal in Social Sciences

  • AERA Open
    SAGE Publishing
    Mark Warschauer, Nancy E. Hill, and Greg J. Duncan
  • Management Teaching Review
    SAGE Publishing
    Jane Schmidt-Wilk
  • Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    SAGE Publishing
    Susan T. Fiske

Innovation in Journal Publishing

  • Modernism/modernity Print Plus
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Debra Rae Cohen

Multivolume Reference/Humanities

  • The Cambridge History of Medieval Music
    Cambridge University Press
    Edited by Mark Everist, Thomas Forrest Kelly
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
    Oxford University Press
    Edited by Oliver Nicholson
  • The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching
    Editor in Chief: John I. Liontas

Multivolume Reference/Science

  • Comprehensive Organic Transformations: A Guide to Functional Group Preparations, 3rd Edition
    Richard C. Larock
  • Encyclopedia of Geochemistry
    William M. White 
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication
    Oxford University Press
    Edited by Matthew C. Nisbet

Multivolume Reference/Social Sciences

  • APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women; Vol. 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds; and Vol 2: Perspectives on Women's Private and Public Lives
    American Psychological Association
    Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White
  • Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress
    Cambridge University Press
    International Panel on Social Progress

Single Volume Reference/Humanities

  • The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic LiteratureBloomsburyJoseph Tabbi
  • Gardens of the Roman EmpireCambridge University PressEdited by Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason , Kim J. Hartswick, and Amina-Aïcha Malek
  • Historical Atlas of HasidismPrinceton University PressMarcin Wodziński
  • St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop CultureGale, a Cengage company Thomas Riggs

Single Volume Reference/Science

  • Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology
    Peter Bobrowsky and Brian Marker

Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences

  • Hidden Persuaders in Cocoa and Chocolate: A Flavor Lexicon for Cocoa and Chocolate Sensory Professionals
    Renata Januszewska
  • Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals
    Karen Terio, Denise McAloose and Judy St. Leger

Textbook/Clinical Science

  • An Atlas of Comparative Vertebrate Histology
    Donald B. McMillan and Richard James Harris
  • Human Biochemistry
    Gerald Litwack

Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics

  • Machine Learning: A Concise Introduction
    Steven W. Knox
  • The Physics of Energy
    Cambridge University Press
    Robert L. Jaffe, Washington Taylor
  • Weather: A Concise Introduction
    Cambridge University Press
    Gregory J. Hakim, Jérôme Patoux

Textbook/Social Sciences

  • Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age
    Princeton University Press
    Matthew J. Salganik
  • Canada and the Challenges of International Development and Globalization
    Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa|University of Ottawa Press
    Edited by Mahmoud Masaeli and Lauchlan T. Munro


Social Sciences

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology | Architecture and Urban Planning | Business, Management and Finance | Economics | Education (Practice and Theory) | Government, Policy and Politics | Psychology

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology

  • Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life
    University of California Press
    Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson
  • Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds
    Duke University Press
    Sara Ann Wylie
  • Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia
    University of North Carolina Press
    Karida L. Brown
  • Life in Oil: Cofán Survival in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia
    University of Texas Press
    Michael L. Cepek
  • Privacy as Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age
    Cambridge University Press
    Ari Ezra Waldman
  • The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution
    NYU Press
    Ann Travers

Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California
    University of Texas Press
    Adam Arenson
  • Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship
    University of Texas Press
    Catherine Seavitt Nordenson
  • Inventing the Opera House: Theater Architecture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy
    Cambridge University Press
    Eugene J. Johnson
  • Luxury and Modernism: Architecture and the Object in Germany 1900-1933
    Princeton University Press
    Robin Schuldenfrei
  • Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future
    Douglas Farr

Business, Management and Finance

  • Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People
    Yale University Press
    Donna Hicks


  • The Economics of Religion in India
    Harvard University Press
    Sriya Iyer
  • EuroTragedy
    Oxford University Press
    Ashoka Mody
  • The Lies We Were Told
    Bristol University Press
    Simon Wren-Lewis
  • Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
    Princeton University Press
    Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl 
  • The Republic of Beliefs: A New Approach to Law and Economics
    Princeton University Press
    Kaushik Basu
  • Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State
    Princeton University Press
    Paul Tucker

Education (Practice and Theory)

  • An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence
    The MIT Press
    Abigail J. Stewart and Virginia Valian
  • It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity, and the Power of Transformative Teaching
    Teachers College Press
    Steven Goodman
  • Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice
    Emerald Publishing
    Jacqueline Stevenson and Sally Baker
  • Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech
    Princeton University Press
    Keith E. Whittington
  • Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation
    Taylor & Francis
    Shari Tishman
  • Sustainable School Leadership
    Mike Bottery

Government, Policy and Politics

  • At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, and the American State
    Cambridge University Press
    Chloe N. Thurston
  • Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President
    Oxford University Press
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson
  • Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politic
    Princeton University Pres
    Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell & Maya Sen
  • Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics
    Cambridge University Press
    Jamila Michener 
  • Hacking the Bomb
    Georgetown University Press
    Andrew Futter


  • Living on Death Row: The Psychology of Waiting to Die
    American Psychological Association
    Hans Toch, James P. Acker, & Vincent Martin Bonventre
  • The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race and Intelligence between Brown and The Bell Curve
    University of North Carolina Press
    Michael E. Staub

For information about PROSE Finalists or the PROSE competition contact Susanna Hinds

About the AAP PROSE Awards

Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence [PROSE Awards] have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study in the humanities, biological and physical sciences, reference and social sciences.

About the Association of American Publishers

AAP | The Association of American Publishers represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy, advocating for outcomes that incentivize the publication of creative expression, professional content, and learning solutions. As essential participants in local markets and the global economy, our members invest in and inspire the exchange of ideas, transforming the world we live in one word at a time.