Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism & Ethnic Studies

Deadline: 12 December 2013
Open to: authors of books published in 2013 on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in which substantial attention is paid to questions of ethnicity and/or nationalism
Prize: certificate and cash prize


The Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, sponsored by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, is awarded annually by the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) for an outstanding book published in the previous calendar year on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in which substantial attention is paid to questions of ethnicity and/or nationalism. The winner for 2013 is Sener Akturk, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press).


Rules of eligibility for the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies are as follows:

  • The copyright date inside the book must list 2013 as the date of publication.
  • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English.
  • Works may deal with any area of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia (including the Balkans, Central Europe, the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan, and China).
  • The competition is open to works of scholarship in any field, so long as substantial attention is paid to the study of nationalism and/or ethnicity, broadly defined.
  • Edited volumes, textbooks, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
  • Books by currently serving judges of the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies, or by immediate family members of this group, are not eligible.


The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. 


Nominations must be received no later than December 12, 2013. (They will accept books with a 2013 publication date that are published after December 12, as long as they are mailed no later than January 13, 2014.)

Submissions should be clearly marked “Rothschild Book Prize Nomination”. If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASN office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.

Send one copy of each eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below) AND to the ASN office at:

Rothschild Book Prize Nomination
c/o Roland Spickermann
Book Review Editor, Nationalities Papers
Dept. of History
University of Texas – Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa TX 79762-0001

Committee members (send a copy of your submission to each member):

Dmitry Gorenburg
178 Richardson Dr
MA 02492

Holly Case
c/o Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Florian Bieber
University of Graz
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Bieber
Professor of Southeast European Studies
University of Graz
Universitätsstraße 15/K3
A-8010 Graz

For questions or more information, please contact Dmitry Gorenburg at [email protected] For more details about the contest and previous winners, see the official website HERE.

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