A Decade of Award Winners

University press authors figured prominently in many national and international award competitions during the past decade (2011-2021), including:

Nobel Prize Laureates


  • 2019: Peter Handke
  • 2018: Olga Tokarczuk
  • 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 2014: Patrick Modiano
  • 2011: Tomas Tranströmer


  • 2021: Syukuro Manabe
  • 2020: Roger Penrose
  • 2019: James Peebles
  • 2017: Kip S. Thorne
  • 2012: Serge Haroche

Economic Sciences

  • 2021: David Card, Joshua D. Angrist, Guido W. Imbens
  • 2020: Paul R. Milgrom, Robert B. Wilson
  • 2019: Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Kremer
  • 2018: William D. Nordhaus
  • 2017: Richard H. Thaler
  • 2016: Oliver Hart
  • 2015: Angus Deaton
  • 2014: Jean Tirole
  • 2013: Lars Peter Hansen, Robert J. Shiller
  • 2012: Alvin E. Roth, Lloyd S. Shapley
  • 2011: Thomas J. Sargent, Christopher A. Sims

National Book Award Finalists and Winners


    • 2021: What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey (Yale University Press)
    • 2019: “I”: New and Selected Poems by Toi Derricotte (University of Pittsburgh Press)
    • 2018: Wobble by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)
    • 2017
      • The Book of Endings by Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press
      • In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press)
    • 2016: Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi (Wesleyan University Press)
    • 2015: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)
    • 2013: Black Aperture: Poems by Matt Rasmussen (Louisiana State University Press)
    • 2012
      • WINNER: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry (University of Chicago Press)
      • Heavenly Bodies by Cynthia Huntington (Southern Illinois University Press)
      • Meme by Susan Wheeler (University of Iowa Press)
    • 2011
      • WINNER: Head Off & Split by Nikki Finney (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press)
      • Devotions by Bruce Smith (University of Chicago Press)


    • 2021: Running Out by Lucas Bessire (Princeton University Press)
    • 2020: How to Make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press)
    • 2018
      • WINNER: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)
      • The Indian World of George Washington by Colin G. Calloway (Oxford University Press)
    • 2016: Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Harvard University Press)


    • 2020: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (WVU Press)

Bancroft Prize Winners

University press authors and works received all Bancroft Prizes awarded in 2016 and 2012

    • 2021: Katrina: A History, 1915-2015 by Andy Horowitz (Harvard University Press)
    • 2020: Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery by Joseph P. Reidy (University of North Carolina Press)
    • 2019: Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks (Yale University Press)
    • 2018
      • Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio (Oxford University Press)
      • Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England by Douglas L. Winiarski (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)
    • 2017: Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers by by Nancy Tomes (University of North Carolina Press)
    • 2016
      • Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder (Harvard University Press)
      • The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast by Andrew Lipman (Yale University Press)
      • Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood by Deborah A. Rosen (Harvard University Press)
    •  2014: A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek by Ari Kelman (Harvard University Press)
    • 2013: The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by Jeffrey Bolster (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
    • 2012
      • Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Oxford University Press
      • Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860 by Anne F. Hyde (University of Nebraska Press)
      • Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
    • 2011
      • Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow (Oxford University Press)
      • Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America by Christopher Tomlins (Cambridge University Press)