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Book Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 AAAS Book Awards.

Creative Writing


Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Interrogation Room
(White Pine Press)

Honorable Mention: Faisal Mohyuddin,
The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing)


Kawika Guillermo, Stamped: An Anti-Travel Novel (Westphalia)

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Literary Studies

Stephen Hong Sohn, Inscrutable Belongings: Queer Asian North American Fiction (Stanford University Press)

Media, Performance, and Visual Studies

Elizabeth W. Son, Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress (University of Michigan Press)

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Nohelani Teves,
Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Hawaiian Performance
(University of North Carolina Press)

History and Social Science


Renisa Mawani, Across Oceans of Law:
The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction
in the Time of Empire
(Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention: Simeon Man, Soldiering Through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific (University of California Press)

Social Science

Jan M. Padios, A Nation on the Line:
Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments
in the Philippines
(Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention: Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age (University of Illinois Press)

Book Award Committee Members

This year’s committee members are:

Creative Writing (Poetry): Margaret Rhee, Gerald Maa, Audrey Wu Clark

Creative Writing (Prose): Karen Tei Yamashita, Tina Chen, Eugene Lim

History: Julian Lim, Faye Caronan, John Rosa

Humanities & Cultural Studies (Literary Studies): Crystal Parikh, Lan Dong, erin Khuê Ninh

Humanities & Cultural Studies (Media, Performance, and Visual Studies): Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Christine Bacareza Balance, LeiLani Nishime

Social Sciences: Eric J. Pido, Lalaie Ameeriar, Antonio Tiongson

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