Award Winning Books: American Studies

AFSCME's Philadelphia Story

Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century

Francis Ryan

Francis Ryan, recipient of the 2022 John C. Brennan Award for Labor Education from the Pennsylvania Labor History Society

A history of the largest union in the AFL-CIO and its growth in a major American city

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 figures, 30 halftones


All Talk

The Talkshow in Media Culture

Wayne Munson

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1994

The postmodern phenomenon of the talkshow and its place in American culture

288 pages | 6 x 9

Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music

David F. García

Certificate of Merit for Best Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or World Music from the Association for Recorded Sound, 2007

The life and times of one of Cuba's most important musicians

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 18 figures, 12 halftones


Beyond Preservation

Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities

Andrew Hurley

National Council on Public History's Book Award Award, 2012

A framework for stabilizing and strengthening inner-city neighborhoods through the public interpretation of historic landscapes

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 maps 14 halftones


Body Language

Sisters in Shape, Black Women's Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics

Kimberly J. Lau

Elli Köngäs-Maranda Professional Prize, American Folklore Society, 2011

How Black women's engagement in improving health and fitness raises questions about feminism and the construction of black female identity

204 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Campaigns of Knowledge

U.S. Pedagogies of Colonialism and Occupation in the Philippines and Japan

Malini Johar Schueller

The Filipino edition won the 2023 Philippines National Book Award in the category of Literary Criticism/Cultural Studies (English)

Making visible the afterlives of U.S. colonial and occupation tutelage in the Philippines and Japan

312 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 line drawings, 1 halftone


Consuming Catastrophe

Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster

Timothy Recuber

American Sociological Association's Sociology of Emotions Section award for Recent Contribution Award, 2018

Examines the media’s coverage of four American disasters, arguing that media attention directs our concern for the suffering of others toward efforts to soothe our own emotional turmoil

228 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 5 tables


Dark Days in the Newsroom

McCarthyism Aimed at the Press

Edward Alwood

Winner of the 2008 national Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Named 2008 Best Book of the Year: Adult Non-Fiction by the Connecticut Press Club

Shines a new light on a dark era in American journalism

216 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture

Kenneth L. Ames

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1994
Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award, Victorian Society of America, 1993

A richly illustrated and provocative discussion of Victorian culture through an exploration of common household goods

280 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 192 halftones


Desis in the House

Indian American Youth Culture in New York City

Sunaina Marr Maira

Honorable Mention for the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association, 2003

Making the desi scene in New York

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 halftones


Dilemmas of the American Self

John P. Hewitt

Charles Horton Cooley Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 1990

A theory about what it means to be an individual within contemporary American society

304 pages | 6 x 9

Disruptive Situations

Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut

Ghassan Moussawi

American Sociological Association's Section on Sexualities Distinguished Book Award, 2021
2021 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, National Women's Studies Association

The first comprehensive study to employ the lens of queer lives in the Arab World to understand everyday life disruptions, conflicts, and violence

210 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 2 figures, 3 halftones


The End of White World Supremacy

Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line

Roderick D. Bush

Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association conference, 2010

How the marginalization of African Americans turned into a social phenomenon for the nation and world

264 pages | 6 x 9


Financialization of Daily Life

Randy Martin

Randy Martin is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015

How investment banking and playing the market moved from Wall Street to Main Street

240 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Holy Leisure

Recreation and Religion in God's Square Mile

Troy Messenger

Winner of the the Outstanding New Book on New Jersey award from the New Jersey Historical Alliance, 1999

An accessible account of the first permanent religious meeting ground in the U.S.

192 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 halftones


It Comes from the People

Community Development and Local Theology

Mary Ann Hinsdale, Helen M. Lewis and S. Maxine Waller

Co-winner for the Transformational Politics Book Award, American Political Science Association, 1996

An Appalachian community develops a theology of liberation

400 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 figures, 25 halftones, 1 map


It Was Always a Choice

Picking Up the Baton of Athlete Activism

David Steele

2023 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists
one of the Best Books of 2022 in the Arts and Humanities category by Library Journal

Examining American athletes' activism for racial and social justice, on and off the field

218 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Messiahs of 1933

How American Yiddish Theatre Survived Adversity through Satire

Joel Schechter

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2008

A lively examination of Yiddish theatre during the Great Depression

304 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 figures, 15 halftones


Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory

Mike Wallace

Historic Preservation Book Prize, The Center for Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College, 1997

A long-awaited dispatch from the history front in today's culture war

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 figures, 10 halftones


Model City Blues

Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven

Mandi Isaacs Jackson

Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, 2008

A lively account of social protest and urban renewal in a struggling American city

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table, 5 figures, 45 halftones


Musicians from a Different Shore

Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music

Mari Yoshihara

"Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award" from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2007

Why do so many Asians devote their lives to playing Western classical music?

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 halftones


The New Left Revisited

Edited by John McMillian, and Paul Buhle

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2003

You didn't have to be there

280 pages | 7 x 10


Organizing Asian American Labor

The Pacific Coast Canned-Salmon Industry, 1870-1942

Chris Friday

Outstanding Book in History Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 1995

Asian and Asian American workers resist oppression and shape their own lives

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 tables, 6 halftones


Pedagogies of Woundedness

Illness, Memoir, and the Ends of the Model Minority

James Kyung-Jin Lee

Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2022

What happens when illness betrays Asian American fantasies of indefinite progress?

224 pages | 6 x 9


Performing Asian America

Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage

Josephine Lee

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, 2016

A fascinating inquiry into the territory of race and ethnicity in American theater

256 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 halftones


The Puerto Rican Diaspora

Historical Perspectives

Edited by Carmen Teresa Whalen and Víctor Vázquez-Hernández

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2006

Histories of the Puerto Rican experience

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 tables, 20 halftones


The Rise and Fall of America's Concentration Camp Law

Civil Liberties Debates from the Internment to McCarthyism and the Radical 1960s

Masumi Izumi

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2020

Now in Paperback—Dissecting the complex relationship among race, national security, and civil liberties in “the age of American concentration camps”

268 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 halftones


Savoring the Salt

The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara

Edited by Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall

Selected as “‘The Best of the Best’ from the University Presses” Books You Should Know About” for the ALA Annual Conference, 2008

An anthology that celebrates the life and work of a major African American writer

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 halftones


The Scrapbook in American Life

Edited by Susan Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia Buckler

Winner of the Allen Noble Award for best edited book from Pioneer America Society, 2006

The first book about the history and practice of keeping scrapbooks

344 pages | 7 x 10 | 72 halftones


The Smoke of the Gods

A Social History of Tobacco

Eric Burns

A "Best of the Best from the University Presses" program selection at the 2007 American Library Association Annual Conference

From the author of The Spirits of America, an energetic history of tobacco use

296 pages | 6 x 9


The Spirits of America

A Social History of Alcohol

Eric Burns

A "Best of the Best from the University Presses" program selection at the 2004 American Library Association Annual Conference

A history of "the great American thirst"

344 pages | 6 x 9


Still Philadelphia

A Photographic History, 1890-1940

Fredric M. Miller, Allen F. Davis, and Morris Vogel

Philadelphia Book Clinic Certificate of Award, 1984

Photographic memories of Philadelphia, volume 1

312 pages | 8 x 10 | 282 halftones


Striking Steel

Solidarity Remembered

Jack Metzgar

Winner of the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, 2001

A middle-class son remembers his father's union and the steel strike of 1959

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables, 1 figure, 16 halftones


To Save China, To Save Ourselves

The Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance of New York

Renqiu Yu

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 1994
Philadelphia Book Clinic Certificate of Award, 1993
Outstanding Book in History Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 1993

Chinese laundry workers unite to fight racism and economic discrimination

253 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 figs.


Under New Management

Universities, Administrative Labor, and the Professional Turn

Randy Martin

Randy Martin, recipient of the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015

A balanced review of the changing nature of the corporate university

272 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table


The World Next Door

South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America

Rajini Srikanth

Cultural Studies Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies, 2006
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2005

Literature that takes us beyond identity to empathy

304 pages | 6 x 9