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Association of American Publishers Announces Subject Category Winners of 2019 PROSE Awards

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled 48 Subject Category Winners for the 2019 PROSE Awards (#PROSEAwards) honoring scholarly works published in 2018. These winners were selected from 165 Finalists previously identified from the more than 500 entries in this year’s PROSE Awards competition. According to a panel of 18 judges, the Subject Category Winners announced today demonstrate exceptional scholarship and have made make a significant contribution to a field of study.

These 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

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 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available at the luncheon. To register, please contact Sara Pinto at


The 2019 PROSE Award Subject Category Winners

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

Biological and Life Sciences

Biological Science

  • 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

Clinical Medicine

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy
    Demos Medical, an Imprint of Springer Publishing
    John C. Cianca MD, Shounuck I. Patel DO

Nursing & Allied Health  

  • Clinical Leadership for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
    Springer Publishing Company
    Michael Huckabee PhD, PA-C

Clinical Psychology

  • The Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain
    Yale University Press
    Nick Chater


Archeology & Ancient History

  • Unearthing childhood: Young lives in prehistory
    Manchester University Press
    Robin Derricourt

Art Exhibitions

  • Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment
    Princeton University Art Museum and Yale University Press
    Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock

Art History & Criticism

  • Orientalist Lives: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830–1920
    The American University in Cairo Press
    James Parry

Biography & Autobiography

  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    Oxford University Press
    Jeffrey C. Stewart


  • Londinium: A Biography: Roman London from Its Origins to the Fifth Century
    Richard Hingley

Language & Linguistics

  • An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States
    University of California Press
    Rosina Lozano


  • Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
    Wilfrid Laurier University Press
    Daniel Heath Justice

Media and Cultural Studies

  • On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News
    Harvard University Press
    Matthew Pressman

Music & the Performing Arts

  • Guillaume Du Fay: The Life and Works
    Cambridge University Press
    Alejandro Planchart

North American/U.S. History

  • The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950
    University of North Carolina Press
    Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt

Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher

  • Underbug
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Lisa Margonelli


  • Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
    Oxford University Press
    Kate Manne

Theology/Religious Studies

  • Finalist is the highest honor in this category
    See the list of finalists here

World History

  • The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages
    Cambridge University Press
    Geraldine Heng

Physical Sciences & 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 

Cosmology & Astronomy

  • Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact
    Cambridge University Press
    Steven J. Dick

Earth Science

  • Global Flood Hazard: Applications in Modeling, Mapping and Forecasting
    Guy J-P. Schumann, Paul D. Bates, Heiko Apel, Giuseppe T. Aronica

Engineering & Technology

  • Space Safety and Human Performance
    Tommaso Sgobba, Barbara Kanki, Jean-Francois Clervoy and Gro Sandal

Environmental Science

  • Statistical Downscaling and Bias Correction for Climate Research
    Cambridge University Press
    Douglas Maraun, Martin Widmann

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Designing an Internet
    The MIT Press
    David Clark


  • High-Dimensional Probability: An Introduction with Applications in Data Science
    Cambridge University Press
    Roman Vershynin

Popular Science & Popular Mathematics

  • Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
    Princeton University Press
    Marcia Bjornerud

Reference Works:


  • BirdGenie™
    Princeton University Press
    Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope and Scott Whittle

Best New Journal in Humanities

  • ASAP/Journal
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Jonathan Eburne

Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine

  • GeoHealth
    AGU and Wiley
    Gabriel Filippelli, Editor in Chief

Best New Journal in Social Sciences

  • AERA Open
    SAGE Publishing & AERA
    Mark Warschauer, Nancy E. Hill, and Greg J. Duncan

Innovation in Journal Publishing

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

Multivolume Reference/Humanities

  • The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching
    Editor in Chief: John I. Liontas

Multivolume Reference/Science

  • Encyclopedia of Geochemistry
    William M. White 

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

Single Volume Reference/Humanities

  • Gardens of the Roman Empire
    Cambridge University Press
    Edited by Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick and Amina-Aïcha Malek

Single Volume Reference/Science

  • Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology
    Peter Bobrowsky and Brian Marker

Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences

  • Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals
    Karen Terio, Denise McAloose and Judy St. Leger

Textbook/Clinical Science

  • Human Biochemistry
    Gerald Litwack

Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics

  • The Physics of Energy
    Cambridge University Press
    Robert L. Jaffe, Washington Taylor

Textbook/Social Sciences

  • Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age
    Princeton University Press
    Matthew J. Salganik

Social Sciences

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology

  • 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

Business, Management and Finance

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


  • EuroTragedy
    Oxford University Press
    Ashoka Mody

Education (Practice and Theory)

  • Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech
    Princeton University Press
    Keith E. Whittington

Government, Policy and Politics

  • Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President
    Oxford University Press
    Kathleen Hall Jamieson


  • Living on Death Row: The Psychology of Waiting to Die
    American Psychological Association
    Hans Toch, James P. Acker, & Vincent Martin Bonventre

For information about 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.