Awards

Vanderbilt University Press salutes our authors for the variety of awards that their books have received and appreciates the award organizations for considering the work.


Delivering Health: Midwifery and Development in Mexico
by Lydia Z. Dixon
Honorable Mention for the Association for Feminist Anthropology’s Rosaldo Book Prize, 2021

Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves
by Michael Ray Taylor
Reed Environmental Writing Award Finalist, Southern Environmental Law Center, 2021

Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)
by Ashley Elizabeth Kerr
Best Nineteenth-Century Book Award, Latin American Studies Association Nineteenth-Century Section, 2021

Between the Rocks and the Stars: Narratives in Natural History
by Stephen Daubert
Silver Award, Animals & Nature Category Winner, Nautilus Book Awards, 2020

Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the Twenty-First Century and Could Save America
by Keel Hunt
Regional (Non-Fiction) Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2020

Surviving the Peace: The Struggle for Postwar Recovery in Bosnia-Herzegovina
by Peter Lippman
Historical (Non-Fiction) Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2020

What the Signs Say: Language, Gentrification, and Place-Making in Brooklyn
by Shonna Trinch and Edward Snajdr
Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Shortlist Finalist, Urban Communication Foundation, 2020

Writing Revolution in Latin America: From Martí to García Márquez to Bolaño
by Juan E. De Castro
Literary Subject Winner, PROSE Award, Association of American Publishers, 2020

A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record
by Brian Ward and Patrick Huber
Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research in Recorded Roots or World Music, Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 2019
Best Book on Country Music, Belmont Book Award, International Country Music Conference, 2018

Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941-1942
by John W. Work III, Lewis Wade Jones, and Samuel C. Adams; edited by Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov
Blues Hall of Fame Inductee: “A Classic of Blues Literature,” The Blues Foundation, 2019

Memory Activism: Reimagining the Past for the Future in Israel-Palestine
by Yifat Gutman
Honorable Mention for Outstanding First Book in Memory Studies, SAGE Memory Studies Journal & Memory Studies Association, 2019

Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Mindy Fried
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist, 2018

The Moral Electricity of Print: Transatlantic Education and the Lima Women’s Circuit, 1876–1910
by Ronald Briggs
Best Nineteenth-Century Book Award, Latin American Studies Association Nineteenth-Century Section, 2018

The Merchant of Havana: The Jew in the Cuban Abolitionist Archive
by Stephen Silverstein
Latin American Jewish Studies Association Book Award, 2017

Sex, Shame, and Violence: A Revolutionary Practice of Public Storytelling in Poor Communities
by Kathleen Cash
Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Title of 2017

Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia: Development and Culture in the Modern State
by Daniel Chávez
Foreign Affairs Best of Books, 2016

The World of the John Birch Society: Conspiracy, Conservatism, and the Cold War
by D. J. Mulloy
Named One of “Six Books for Insight on a Trump Presidency” by the Washington Post, 2016
Selection of the History Book Club, 2014

The Golden Leaf: How Tobacco Shaped Cuba and the Atlantic World
by Charlotte Cosner
Choice Reviews Editors’ Pick, 2015

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South
by Andrew Maraniss
New York Times Best Seller
Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards Special Recognition, 2015
Lillian Smith Book Award, 2015
Association of American University Presses Books Committee Outstanding Title, 2015

Free Market Tuberculosis: Managing Epidemics in Post-Soviet Georgia
by Erin Koch
Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies; Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES); 2014

Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Shared Values in the Abortion Debate
by Bertha Alvarez Manninen
Foreword Reviews Top Ten University Press Pick, 2014

A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville, 1945–1955
by Martin Hawkins
Tennessee History Book Award, Tennessee Library Association, 2006

Becoming a Visible Man
by Jamison Green
Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2005
Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies, Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), 2004

Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive’s Tale
by Maria Antonia Garcés
James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association, 2002

A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry
by Charles K. Wolfe
ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, 2000
Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, 1999