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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 2019 “First Book Award” 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 2019, 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 2020.

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 the Committee Chair by by email ( by the deadline. Copies of the book must be received by all three members of the committee by December 31, 2019

2019 Committee Members: Geraldo Cadava (chair), Hasia Diner, and Monique Laney

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.