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.
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).
2015 Abena Dove Osseo-Asare (University of Texas, Austin), for Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (University of Chicago Press).
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).
2011 Thomas Mullaney (Stanford University), for Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China ( University of California Press, 2010)