Celebrating Recent Award Winners from the University of Michigan Press

by Kristen Twardowski on December 22, 2021

Over the past decade, the University of Michigan Press has published nearly 300 award-winning titles. These books cover the full spectrum of what we publish. From African American Studies, to Political Science, to Theater and Performance, to Gender Studies, and more, these books exemplify the academic innovation that comes from exceptional scholarship and reflect the diversity of voices and ideas published at Michigan. As we close out 2021, we are excited to share a selection or our recent award winners with you.


Recognition for the Press

Due to outstanding leadership or achievements in improving the accessibility of e-books or other digital publications, the University of Michigan Press was shortlisted for the Accessible Books Consortium’s 2021 International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. UMP was the only university press to be recognized among such finalists as the Taylor & Francis Group and House of Anansi Press.

i used to love to dream by A.D. Carson embodies the press’s innovative approach to publishing and received the award for Best eProduct of the year from the Association of American Publishers 2021 PROSE Awards. i used to love to dream is the first peer-reviewed hip-hop mixtap/e/ssay published by a university press and makes use of Michigan Publishing’s open source publishing platform, Fulcrum, in order to present a mixtape, essays, liner notes, and a short documentary as a singular scholarly product. The publication of works like this is integral to challenging traditional ideas of what scholarship could and might be and to amplifying underrepresented voices in academia.


Awards from the Local Community

The books published by the University of Michigan Press have a local as well as global impact, and several recent award winners reflect the press’s commitment to nurturing those connections.

Every year the Historical Society of Michigan acknowledges those who have made extraordinary contributions to state and local history. This fall Justice and Faith: The Frank Murphy Story by Greg Zipes received the 2021 Historical Society of Michigan State History Award.

Through the annual University of Michigan Press Book Award, we recognize an exceptional work produced by a member of the University of Michigan Faculty. The 2021 award honors For Dear Life: Women’s Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus by Carol Jacobsen, which was also a Silver Medalist for the Midwest Book Award, Design (Interior) in 2020 and a Silver Winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Social Change and Social Justice in 2019.

In tribute to the late Tobin Siebers whose work altered the field of Disability Studies, the University of Michigan Press and the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature annually present The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities to a book-length manuscript that offers an exceptional contribution to the field of Disability Studies. In 2021, this prize was awarded to Susan Antebi for Embodied Archive: Disability in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Cultural Production.


Award-Winning Open Access Titles

The University of Michigan Press has an increasing number of titles that are freely available for the public to read. Over the past few months, several books have joined our growing list of award winning open access titles.

To ensure that this vital scholarship was made accessible to the public at a time when it was truly needed, the International Institute of the University of Michigan helped make Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19, edited by Scott L. Greer et al., freely available to the world. This open access book brings together authors who explore the health and social policy decisions and public health interventions that key countries have taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Altmetric named Coronavirus Politics the number one most discussed monograph of the year.

In recognition of its value as a pedagogical resource and how it centers the learner, Music on the Move by Danielle Fosler-Lussier won of the American Musicological Society’s Teaching Award. As an open access title, teachers everywhere can add it to their globally-oriented music history reading lists.


Race, Politics, and Law

University of Michigan Press is known for the strength of its title lists in political science, race, and law. We are thrilled that a number of our titles in these areas have been recognized  for the strength of their research and the depth of their impact.


Theater, Music, and Performance

Many of our theater, music, and performance titles have been recognized for their groundbreaking scholarship. These works explore their fields from a global perspective and include research on the US, Mexico, South Africa, India, and more.


We are grateful to have the opportunity to share these works of scholarship with the world and hope you join us in celebrating them. You can find the full list of honored titles on our Award Winners page, including our 17 winners of the Michigan Notable Books award, presented by the Library of Michigan, and our 37 winners of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title award, presented by the American Library Association.

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