Pacific Coast Branch Book Award Recipients

For the best book that is submitted by a scholar who resides within the states and provinces from which the Branch draws it membership.  The PCB Award is offered only for first books, and it is usually given to younger scholars

2023 Kathryn Olivarius (Stanford University), for Necropolis: Disease, Power, and Capitalism in the Cotton Kingdom (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2022).

2023 Steven C. Beda (University of Oregon), for Strong Winds and Widow Makers: Workers, Nature, and Environmental Conflict in the Pacific Northwest (University of Illinois Press, 2022).

2022 Annelise Heinz (University of Oregon), for Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021 David Fedman (University of California, Irvine), for Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020).

2020 Kate Imy (University of North Texas), for Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford University Press, 2019).

2019 Sebastian Prange (University of British Columbia), for Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

2018 Steven Press (Stanford University), for Rogue Empires: Contracts and Conmen in Europe’s Scramble for Africa (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Hoptopia cover2017  Peter A. Kopp (New Mexico State University), for: Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (University of California Press, 2016).

Demolition Means Progress cover2016  Andrew R. Highsmith (University of California, Irvine), for Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis (University of Chicago Press).

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2015  Abena Dove Osseo-Asare (University of Texas, Austin), for Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (University of Chicago Press).

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2014  Matthew L. Basso (University of Utah), for Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front (University of Chicago Press).

The State and the Stork cover2013  Derek S. Hoff (Kansas State University), for The State and the Stork:  the Population Debate and Policy Making in US History (University of Chicago Press).

Brokers of Empire cover2012  Jun Uchida (Stanford University), for Brokers of Empire: Japanese Settler Colonialism in Korea, 1876-1945 (Harvard University Press).

2011 Thomas Mullaney (Stanford University), for Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China ( University of California Press, 2010)

Germans into Jews cover2010  Sharon Gillerman, for Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic (Stanford University Press).

Spies in Arabia cover2009  Priya Satia, for Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East.  (Harvard University Press).

Hotel cover2008  Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz (University of New Mexico), for Hotel: An American History (Yale University Press).

Inescapable Ecologies cover2007  Linda Nash, for Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (University of California Press).