Award Winning Titles

Indiana University Press is proud that our books have received over 60 awards (and counting!) during the 2020-2021 calendar year. Many congratulations to our well-deserving authors!

Award-Winning Books

Teaching as if Learning Matters

Winner: SPE - Outstanding Book Award

Teaching as if Learning Matters

Pedagogies of Becoming by Next-Generation Faculty

Jennifer Meta Robinson, Valerie Dean O'Loughlin, Katherine Kearns, Laura Plummer, Keely Cassidy, Jonathan P. Rossing, Laura J. Carpenter, Jacquelyn Petzold, Barbie Klein, Andrew M. Koke, Rachel La Touche, Natalie Christian, Sarah Socorro Hurtado, Juliane Wuensch, Elizabeth Konwest, Kristen Hengtgen, Alyssa M. Lederer, Lauren Miller Griffith, Silja Weber, Adam Coombs, Carol Subiño Sullivan, Leslie E. Drane, Ryan G. Erbe, Polly A. Graham, Jing Yang, Javier Ramirez, Sarah M. Keesom, Kristyn E. Sylvia, Laura Clapper, Jessica Leach, Lisa Wiltbank, Michelle R. Marasco, Mark S. Nagle, Mack Hagood, Letizia Montroni, Maksymilian Szostalo, J. Christopher Upton, Maureen Chinwe Onyeziri, Francesca A. Williamson, Tyler B. Christensen

Teaching is an essential skill in becoming a faculty member in any institution of higher education. Yet how is that skill actually acquired by graduate students? Teaching as if Learning Matters collects first-person narratives from graduate students and new PhDs that explore how the skills required to teach at a college level are developed. It examines the key issues that graduate students face as they learn to teach effectively when in fact they are still learning and being taught.

Featuring contributions from over thirty graduate students from a variety of disciplines at Indiana University, Teaching as if Learning Matters allows these students to explore this topic from their own unique perspectives. They reflect on the importance of teaching to them personally and professionally, telling of both successes and struggles as they learn and embrace teaching for the first time in higher education.

Uprooting the Diaspora

Winner: The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

Uprooting the Diaspora

Jewish Belonging and the "Ethnic Revolution" in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936–1946

Sarah A. Cramsey

In Uprooting the Diaspora, Sarah Cramsey explores how the Jewish citizens rooted in interwar Poland and Czechoslovakia became the ideal citizenry for a post–World War II Jewish state in the Middle East. She asks, how did new interpretations of Jewish belonging emerge and gain support amongst Jewish and non-Jewish decision makers exiled from wartime east central Europe and the powerbrokers surrounding them?  
Usually, the creation of the State of Israel is cast as a story that begins with Herzl and is brought to fulfillment by the Holocaust. To reframe this trajectory, Cramsey draws on a vast array of historical sources to examine what she calls a "transnational conversation" carried out by a small but influential coterie of Allied statesmen, diplomats in international organizations, and Jewish leaders who decided that the overall disentangling of populations in postwar east central Europe demanded the simultaneous intellectual and logistical embrace of a Jewish homeland in Palestine as a territorial nationalist project. 

Uprooting the Diaspora slows down the chronology between 1936 and 1946 to show how individuals once invested in multi-ethnic visions of diasporic Jewishness within east central Europe came to define Jewishness primarily in ethnic terms. This revolution in thinking about Jewish belonging combined with a sweeping change in international norms related to population transfers and accelerated, deliberate postwar work on the ground in the region to further uproot Czechoslovak and Polish Jews from their prewar homes.  

Budapest's Children

Winner: Grace Abbott Book Prize for the Best Book in English

Budapest's Children

Humanitarian Relief in the Aftermath of the Great War

Friederike Kind-Kovács

In the aftermath of World War I, international organizations descended upon the destitute children living in the rubble of Budapest and the city became a testing ground for how the West would handle the most vulnerable residents of a former enemy state.

Budapest's Children reconstructs how Budapest turned into a laboratory of transnational humanitarian intervention. Friederike Kind-Kovács explores the ways in which migration, hunger, and destitution affected children's lives, casting light on children's particular vulnerability in times of distress. Drawing on extensive archival research, Kind-Kovács reveals how Budapest's children, as iconic victims of the war's aftermath, were used to mobilize humanitarian sentiments and practices throughout Europe and the United States. With this research, Budapest's Children investigates the dynamic interplay between local Hungarian organizations, international humanitarian donors, and the child relief recipients.

In tracing transnational relief encounters, Budapest's Children reveals how intertwined postwar internationalism and nationalism were and how child relief reinforced revisionist claims and global inequalities that still reverberate today.

Beyond Coloniality

Long-listed: OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Beyond Coloniality

Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition

Aaron Kamugisha

Against the lethargy and despair of the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean experience, Aaron Kamugisha gives a powerful argument for advancing Caribbean radical thought as an answer to the conundrums of the present. Beyond Coloniality is an extended meditation on Caribbean thought and freedom at the beginning of the 21st century and a profound rejection of the postindependence social and political organization of the Anglophone Caribbean and its contentment with neocolonial arrangements of power. Kamugisha provides a dazzling reading of two towering figures of the Caribbean intellectual tradition, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their quest for human freedom beyond coloniality. Ultimately, he urges the Caribbean to recall and reconsider the radicalism of its most distinguished 20th-century thinkers in order to imagine a future beyond neocolonialism.

Departure Stories

Winner: INDIES Book Award

Departure Stories

Betty Crocker Made Matzoh Balls (and other lies)

Elisa Bernick

"We weren't religious per se. The most frequent mention of God in our house was my mother yelling 'Goddammit!'"

Elisa Bernick grew up "different" (i.e., Jewish) in the white, Christian suburb of New Hope, Minnesota during the 1960s and early 1970s. At the center of her world was her mother, Arlene, who was a foul-mouthed, red-headed, suburban Samson who ultimately shook the walls of their family until it collapsed. Poignant and provocative, Departure Stories peers through the broader lens of Minnesota's recent history to reveal an intergenerational journey through trauma that unraveled the Bernick family and many others.

Deftly interweaving reporting, archival material, memoir, jokes, scrapbook fragments, personal commentary, and one very special Waikiki Meatballs recipe, Bernick explores how the invisible baggage of place and memory, Minnesota's uniquely antisemitic history, and the cultural shifts of feminism and changing marital expectations contributed to her family's eventual implosion. 

Departure Stories: Betty Crocker Made Matzoh Balls (and other lies) is a personal exploration of erasure, immigrants, and exiles that examines the ways departures—from places, families and memory—have far-reaching effects.