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First Book Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society awards a prize to recognize the work of early career scholars in the field of U.S. immigration and ethnic history. The 2020 First Book Award will be presented to the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration and ethnic history of the United States and/or North America.

To be eligible for the award, a book must be copyrighted 2020, must be based on substantial primary research, must present a major new scholarly interpretation, and must be an author’s first academic monograph. The $2000 award will be presented at the annual IEHS banquet in 2021.

A book may be nominated by its author, the publisher, a member of the prize committee, or a member of the Society. Inquiries and nominations should be submitted to by the deadline: December 31, 2020.

2020 Committee:
Geraldo Cadava (Chair), Leigh Ann Wilson, Danielle Battisti

Copies of the book must be received by all three members of the committee by the end of the calendar year. Send copies to:

Geraldo L Cadava
Department of History
Northwestern University
1881 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL, 60208

Leigh Ann Wilson
20702 El Toro Road #159
Lake Forest, CA, 92630

Dr. Danielle Battisti
University of Nebraska – Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
287 H Arts and Sciences Hall
Omaha, NE, 68182

2021 Winner: Ashley Johnson Bavery, Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021).

Previous Recipients

2019: Danielle Battisti, Whom We Shall Welcome: Italian Americans and Immigration Reform (Fordham University Press, 2019)

2018: Rosina Lozano, An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States (University of California Press, 2018)

Honorable Mention 2018: Daniel Inouye, Distant Islands: The Japanese American Community in New York City, 1876-1930s (University Press of Colorado, 2018)

2017: Hidetaka Hirota, Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy. Oxford University Press.

Honorable Mention 2017: Rachel Kranson, Ambivalent Embrace: Jewish Upward Mobility in Postwar America. University of North Carolina Press.

2016: Lori Flores, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement. Yale University Press.

2015: Adam D. Mendelsohn,The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire. New York University Press.

2014: Ellen Wu, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority. Princeton University Press.