The Foundation for Landscape Studies has awarded a 2021 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize to Black Landscapes Matter, edited by Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada, and Traces of J. B. Jackson: The Man Who Taught Us to See Everyday America, by Helen L. Horowitz
Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World, by Adrian Brettle, has been named a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
A Language of Things: Emanuel Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination, by Devin Zuber, has won the 2020 Borsch-Rast Book Prize and Lectureship from the Graduate Theological Union
Mourning El Dorado: Literature and Extractivism in the Contemporary American Tropics, by Charlotte Rogers, has earned honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)'s 2020 Best Amazonia Studies Book Prize.
Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, by Gerald Moorhead, has won the 2020 SESAH Publication Award (Guidebook) from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and, along with Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, a 2021 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston
"The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon, by Mary V. Thompson, has won the 2020 James Bradford Best Biography Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).
Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans, by Juliane Braun, is the winner of the 2020 George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association.
Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built, has been awarded the DAR National History Medal.
A World of Disorderly Notions: Quixote and the Logic of Exceptionalism, by Aaron R. Hanlon, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Kenshur Prize for Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies from the Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Matters, by Francis X. Clooney, has won the 2020 Best Book Award (Theology/Philosophy) from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
The Road to Charleston, by Jack Buchanan, has received the 2020 Society of the Cincinnati Prize, the 2019 Best Book Prize from the American Revolution Round Table of New York City, and Honorable Mention for the 2020 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award.
Novel Cultivations: Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century, by Elizabeth Hope Chang, has earned honorable mention for NAVSA's Best Book of the Year in Victorian Studies and was shortlisted for 2019 BSLS Book Prize from the British Society for Literature and Science.
Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics, and Science in Postwar America, by Avagail Sachs, has won the 2019 SESAH Publication Award for Best Book.
Frankétienne's novel Dézafi, translated by Asselin Charles, has received Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association's Lois Roth Award for a Translation of a Literary Work.
Four books from the University of Virginia Press have been named CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles for 2019: Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien's Handcuffs and Chain Link: Criminalizing the Undocumented in America, Samuel Graber's Twice-Divided Nation: National Memory, Transatlantic News, and American Literature in the Civil War Era, Daniel Balderston's How Borges Wrote, and William Freehling's Becoming Lincoln.
Becoming Lincoln, by William Freehling, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was awarded the 2018 Award of Achievement by The Lincoln Group of New York, and is a 2019 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title.
Shaping the Postwar Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project, edited by Charles A. Birnbaum and Scott Craver, was named a Notable Landscape Book of 2018 by Docomomo.
First in the Homes of his Countrymen: George Washington's Mount Vernon in the American Imagination by Lydia Mattice Brandt was awarded the Victorian Society in America's Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award for outstanding scholarship enriching the understanding of America during the Victorian Era.
The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South, by Mary Lynn Bayliss, received a citation from the Colonial Dames of America and was a finalist for Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award.
Three books from the University of Virginia Press have been named CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles for 2018: Giles Gunn's The Pragmatist Turn: Religion, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of American Literature, James Campbell's Experiencing William James: Belief in a Pluralistic World, and Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America, edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg.
Avigail Sachs, author of Environmental Design: Architecture, Policies, and Science in Postwar America, is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Mellon Author Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
Melissa Bailes' Questioning Nature has won the 2017 British Society for Literature and Science annual book prize.
Four books from the University of Virginia Press have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017: Tamar Zinguer's Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys, Lawrence B. A. Hatter's Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border, William M. Kelso's Jamestown, the Truth Revealed, and Richard Rorty's Philosophy as Poetry.
Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City since 1828 by David Ehrenpreis (distributed for George Thompson Publishing) is Foreword Reviews 2017 INDIES Gold Winner for Regional Nonfiction.
National Park Roads by Tim Davis was awarded the Society for History in the Federal Government's George Pendleton Prize for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history produced by or for a federal history program.
National Park Roads by Tim Davis, Easy On, Easy Off by Jack Williams, and Cartooning the Landscape by Chip Sullivan were selected as recipients of the Foundation for Landscape Studies' 2017 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, which honors contributions to the intellectual vitality of garden history and landscape studies.
The following books were selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016: Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, Gold and Freedom by Nicolas Barreyre, and Reading Trauma Narratives by Laurie Vickroy.
Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson, edited by Lisa Russ Spaar and featuring works by Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, and Terrance Hayes, among many others, received Honorable Mention in the Library of Virginia's 2017 Literary Awards for Poetry.
Jess Oak Taylor's The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf has won the ASLE Ecocriticism Book Award for 2017.
David M. Luebke's Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia is the winner of the 2017 Gerald Strauss Prize from the Sixteenth Century Society.
Looking beyond the Icons: Midcentury Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism, edited by Richard Longstreth, has won the 2017 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
E. Claire Cage's Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1780-1815 has won the 2017 Baker-Burton Award from the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association.
Raphael Dalleo's American Imperialism's Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism has won the 2017 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award from the Caribbean Studies Association. It is the association's "most prestigious award" and is given to the best book on the Caribbean published in the past two years.
Voters’ Verdicts: Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections, by Chris W. Bonneau and Damon M. Cann - winner of the APSA's 2016 Virginia Gray Best Book Award in State Politics and Policy
Bringing Race Back In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama, by Christopher Stout - winner of the APSA's 2016 Best Book Award for Race & U.S. Electoral Politics
Partners or Rivals?: Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century, by Betina Cutaia Wilkinson - winner of the APSA's 2016 Best Book Award for Inter-Race Relations in the United States
Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia by Catherine Jones - winner of the Society for the History of Children and Youth’s 2016 Grace Abbott Book Prize for the best book published in the history of children and youth. The prize committee said of the book: “Jones’s study is an outstanding example of what happens when one approaches a familiar historical narrative from a child-centred perspective. Intimate Reconstructions is an original contribution to the histories of Reconstruction and children, but its detailed storytelling, compelling and clear arguments, and important lessons on the interdependence of private and public—of families and the political and economic contexts in which they are embedded—give it a much broader appeal as well.”
- Bringing Race Back In: Black Politicians, Deracialization, and Voting Behavior in the Age of Obama by Christopher T. Stout – winner of the 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists
- The Camaro in the Pasture: Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America by Robert B. Riley – winner of the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies
- Ossianic Unconformities: Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age by Eric Gidal – listed among the Association for Scottish Literary Studies’ The Bottle Imp’s Best Scottish Books of 2015
- Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature, by LaRose Parris – winner of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. The prize committee said of the book: “Being Apart vivifies, or brings fully to life, the rich intellectual wing of the Africana tradition of resistance to the elaborate, insistent, and unerring antiblack racism of Euro-American philosophy. With boldness and breadth, precision and insight, Parris refuses to reduce the figures, texts, and ideas that are her focus to narrow disciplinary formations the purpose of which was never to facilitate projects of liberation. In so doing, she demonstrates the indispensability of an existential method to engaging seriously and productively with transformative black radical thought.”
- The following books were selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015: American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film by Ann Brigham, Dancing with Disaster: Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times by Kate Rigby, Different Shades of Green: African Literature, Environmental Justice, and Political Ecology by Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture by Aeron Hunt, and The Selected Papers of John Jay
- Virginia Climate Fever by Stephen Nash – winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for Books, and finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award
- The Road to Black Ned’s Forge by Turk McCleskey – finalist for the 18th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Award in Nonfiction, honoring Virginia authors or works on a Virginia subject. The winner will be announced at a gala celebration on October 17, 2015, at the Library of Virginia.
- Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours by Supriya Nair – winner of the 2014 Nicolás Guillén Award for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature
- The Road to Black Ned’s Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier by Turk McCleskey – winner of the 2014 Richard Slatten Award for excellence in Virginia Biography from the Virginia Historical Society
- A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., by Melanie Choukas-Bradley (distributed for George F. Thompson Publishing) – Silver Medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Regional and Ebook Awards
- Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture by Aeron Hunt – Honorable Mention in the North American Victorian Studies Association’ Best Book of the Year Competition for 2014
- Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature by Ayesha K. Hardison – winner of the College English Association of Ohio’s Nancy Dasher Award
- Flights of Imagination, by Sonja Dümpelmann and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, by Susan Herrington – winners of the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ 2015 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies
- The following books were selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Titles: Be It Ever So Humble: Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-Class Home by Scott R. MacKenzie, The Last Afrikaner Leaders: A Supreme Test of Power by Hermann Giliomee, Ambivalent Miracles: Evangelicals and the Politics of Racial Healing by Nancy D. Wadsworth, and Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature by Ayesha K. Hardison.
- Buildings Of Texas: Central, South And Gulf Coast by Gerald Moorhead, et al. – selected for a 2015 Publication Award by the San Antonio Conservation Society: “The Society’s Publication Awards, which take place every other year, publicly recognize the authors of the best recently published books on Texas history.”
- Crossing the Boundaries of Belief, by Duane Corpis – winner of the SHA’s European Section Smith Book Award. “Corpis’ sophisticated analysis of religious conversion in early modern Germany investigates the overlapping relationship between political and religious identities where ‘the act of religious conversion’ established and tried political boundaries. . . . Stylistically Crossing the Boundaries of Belief is a superbly written book accessible even for non-specialists.”
- The Way of the 88 Temples, by Robert Sibley – finalist for the 2014 Ottawa Book Awards (winners TBA)
- Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War, by Michael David Cohen – 2014 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA).
- The Canadian Association of African Studies has presented the prestigious Joel Gregory Prize for 2014 to Eric Allina for his book Slavery By Any Other Name. One of the judges said of the book, “It is a book I enjoyed reading from cover to cover–well-written, engaging, and scholarly.”
- The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, by Denver Brunsman, was awarded an honorable mention in the North American Society for Oceanic History John Lyman Book Award’s category of “U.S. Maritime History.”
- Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson have received a Preservation Award from the Preservation Trust of Vermont for their work on the recently published Buildings of Vermont volume. The awards, presented at the Trust’s 20th Annual Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference on May 2, in Island Pont, Vermont, celebrate outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation and recognize individuals and organizations that have been instrumental to the preservation of Vermont’s historic places.
- Melanie Choukas-Bradley has received the Casey Trees Canopy Award for Education for her book, City of Trees: The Complete Botanical and Historical Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., and for the guided tree tours she leads throughout the D.C. area.
- Colleen O’Brien’s Race, Romance, and Rebellion received an honorable mention in the British Association for American Studies Book Prize competition for 2014.
- Robert Sibley’s The Way of the Stars was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Awards and earned an honorable mention for the 2013 George Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year Award from the Religion Newswriters Association. The book was also selected as the “2013 Silver Medal Winner – Spirituality” in the Illumination Book Awards competition, sponsored by the Jenkins Group & Independent Publisher.com.
- Michael Nicholls’s book Whispers of Rebellion has been awarded the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.
- Rot, Riot, and Rebellion, by Carlos Santos and Rex Bowman was named a Finalist for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.
- Celeste-Marie Bernier was presented with the British Association for American Studies’ Book Award for her book, Characters of Blood. The award recognizes the best book in American Studies published in the previous year. The book is also the joint winner of the American Studies Network Book Prize of the European Association for American Studies. This biennial prize is awarded to a remarkable monograph published in English in the field of American Studies.
- In Death Lamented by Sarah Nehama won the Pictorial Print category in the annual New England Book Show. The book was selected for its design, quality of materials, and workmanship.
- Cathy Jean Maloney’s World’s Fair Gardens has been awarded the American Horticultural Society Book Awardfor 2013. The judges said, “It’s a must-read for those interested in the history of American landscape design.”
- The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation have announced that The Color of Power: Racial Coalitions and Political Power in Oakland by Frédérick Douzet and translated by George Holoch is one of five the finalists for the nonfiction category of their 26th Annual Translation Prize for superior English translations of French works published in 2012.
- Charles LaPorte’s Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible is the co-winner of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association’s 2011 Sonya Rudikoff Award for the best Victorian book by a first time author.
- Micheline Nilsen’s manuscript The Working Man’s Green Space: Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870-1919 won the David R. Coffin Publication Grant from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.
- Edward Adams has been awarded the International Society for the Study of Narrative’s Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award for his book, Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill. The prize is awarded annually to the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of narrative.
- Ruth Hoberman’s book Museum Trouble received an honorable mention in the 2012 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize. The judges said, “Hoberman develops a fascinating rereading of the emergence of Anglo-American modernism in the complex, yet deeply embedded context of its relations to museum knowledge and culture.”
- C. Dickson (translator of At the Café and The Talisman, by Mohammed Dib) won honorable mention in the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for an Outstanding Translation of a Literary Work. The judges said of her translation, “Dickson’s word choices make prose into poetry, so that even banal events are an active pleasure to read.”
- Lost Communities of Virginia, by Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg – Preservation Virginia’s 2012 Outstanding Historic Preservation Research Effort Award; 2012 Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction; 2013 Award of Merit by the Leadership in History awards committee of the American Association of State and Local History
- The Nation’s Nature, by James D. Drake – 2012 Best Subsequent Book Award from Phi Alpha Theta
- Journey on the James, by Earl Swift – Donald T. Wright Award for contributions to maritime literature by the Mercantile Library of St. Louis
- Imagining Mount Athos, by Veronica della Dora – short-listed for the 2012 John D. Criticos Prize by the Hellenic Centre
- The Horse in Virginia, by Julie Campbell – Library of Virginia Literary Awards People’s Choice Award in Nonfiction; National Federation of Press Women National Contest (First Place)
- At Home with Apartheid, by Rebecca Ginsburg – Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize by the Vernacular Architecture Forum
- Tom Paine’s America, by Seth Cotlar – SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) First Book Prize
- Buildings of Hawaii, by Don Hibbard – Ka Palapala Po’okela Book Award for Excellence in Across the Sea; Historic Preservation Community Service Award (American Society of Interior Designers – Hawaii Chapter)
- Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution, by Michal Jan Rozbicki – Missouri Conference on History Book Award
- Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont in America, edited by Olivier Zunz and translated by Arthur Goldhammer – Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson Digital Edition – Choice Outstanding Academic Title; Association of American Publishers PROSE Award
- Beyond the Royal Gaze, by Neil Kodesh – African Studies Association’s Herskovits Award
- Acts of Narrative Resistance by Laura Beard – Winner, 2010 President’s Book Award at Texas Tech University
- The Horse in Virginia by Julie Campbell – First Prize, Virginia Press Women/National Federation of Press Women 2010 Contest
- Darkroom by Tosha Grantham – Gold Medal Winner 2010, Multicultural Nonfiction Adult IPB Award
- The Great Valley Road of Virginia edited by Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz – Allen G. Noble Book Award, Pioneer America Society