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Theodore Saloutos Book Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society invites submissions for the Theodore Saloutos Book Award. The $2000 award is presented annually at the IEHS banquet for the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration history of the United States.

“Immigration history” is defined as the movement of peoples from other countries to the United States, of the repatriation movements of immigrants, and of the consequences of these migrations, both for the United States and the countries of origin.

To be eligible for the 2021 award, a book must be copyrighted in 2020, must be based on substantial primary research, and must present a major new scholarly interpretation.

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:
Paul Kramer (Chair), Michael D. Innis-Jiménez, Allison Varzally

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

Michael D. Innis-Jiménez
Dept. of American Studies
350 Marrs Spring Rd/101 ten Hoor
Box 870214
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487

Allison Varzally
4230 Alla Rd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90066

Paul Kramer
1030 Villa Pl
Nashville, TN, 37212

2021 Winner: Uzma Quraishi, Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

2021 Honorable mention: Adam Goodman, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020).

Previous Recipients (dates reflect the year of the award)

2020: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean (Princeton University Press, 2019)

2019: Ana Raquel Minian, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018).

2018: S. Deborah Kang, The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

2017: Mireya Loza, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom. University of North Carolina Press.

2016: Madeline Y. Hsu, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril became the Model Minority. Princeton University Press.

2015: Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Abrazando El Espiritu: Bracero Families Confront the US-Mexico Border. University of California Press.

2014: Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem: Exploring the Lost Histories of South Asian America.  Harvard University Press.

2013: Donna R. Gabaccia, Foreign Relations: Global Perspectives on American Immigration.  Princeton University Press.

2012: Andrea Geiger, Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race, Caste, and Borders. 1885-1928. Yale University Press.

2011: Lorrin Thomas, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth-Century New York City. University of Chicago Press.

2011: Jennifer Guglielmo, Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945. University of North Carolina Press.

2010: Anna Pegler Gordon, In Sight of America: Photography and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy. The University of California Press.

2009: Allyson Varzally, Making a Non-White America: Californians Coloring Outside Ethnic Lines, 1925-1955. The University of California Press.

2008: Elliott Barkan, From All Points: America’s Immigrant West, 1870s-1952. Princeton University Press.

2007: Eric Goldstein, The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and the American Identity. Princeton University Press.

2006: Eiichiro Azuma, Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America. Oxford University Press.

2005: Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton University Press.

2004: Erika Lee, At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943. University of North Carolina Press.

2003: Susan Greenbaum, More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa. University Press of Florida.

2002: Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century. Princeton University Press.

2001: Nancy Foner, From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration. Yale University Press.

2000: Alison Games, Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World. Harvard University Press.

1999: Andrew Gyory, Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. University of North Carolina Press.

1998: Jon Gjerde, The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917. University of North Carolina Press.

1997: Ewa Morawska, Insecure Prosperity: Small-Town Jews in Industrial America, 1890-1940. Princeton University Press.

1996: Lucy E. Salyer, Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law. University of North Carolina Press.

1995: Alan M. Kraut, Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace.” Basic Books.

1994: George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. Oxford University Press.

1993: Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century. Louisiana State University Press.

1992: Lawrence H. Fuchs, The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture. University Press of New England.

1991: Arthur M. and Usha M. Helweg, An Immigrant Success Story: East Indians in America. University of Pennsylvania Press.

1990: David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. Oxford University Press.

1989: Robert C Ostergren, A Community Transplanted: The Trans-Atlantic Experience of a Swedish Immigrant Settlement in the Upper Midwest, 1835-1915. University of Wisconsin Press.

1988: Gary R. Mormino and George E. Pozzetta, The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985. University of Illinois Press.

1987: Bernard Bailyn, Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution. Alfred A. Knopf.

1986: Jon Gjerde, From Peasants to Farmers: The Migration from Balestrand, Norway to the Upper Midwest. Cambridge University Press.

1986: Kerby A. Miller, Emigrants and Exiles and the Irish Exodus to North America. Oxford University Press.

1985: David S. Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945. New York: Pantheon Books.

1984: Jon Butler, The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.