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Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards

2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards Announced

Thanks to the generosity of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the Association for Jewish Studies is proud to award eight prizes this year (four winners and four finalists) for the annual Jordan Schnitzer Book Prize. The categories in this year’s competition were Jewish Literature and Linguistics; Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture; Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania; and Philosophy and Jewish Thought. Books in these categories published in 2015 and 2016 by AJS members were eligible for submission. The competition had over 100 submissions this year and each category was judged by a committee of expert scholars in their field who chose this year’s winners and finalists. Winners receive a $10,000 prize and Finalists receive a $2,000 prize. This year’s recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony at the 49th Annual AJS Conference in Washington DC on Sunday December 17th, 2017 at 9:30 PM. All conference attendees are welcome to attend this ceremony. On behalf of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Association for Jewish Studies, we wish a hearty congratulations to this year’s awardees.

WINNERS

In the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics

Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters
MAYA BARZILAI, University of Michigan
New York University Press

In the category of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon
THOMAS W. BARTON, University of San Diego
Pennsylvania State University Press

In the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania

Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel
LEAH GARRETT, Monash University
Northwestern University Press

In the category of Philosophy and Jewish Thought

A Political Theory for the Jewish People
CHAIM GANS, Tel Aviv University
Oxford University Press

FINALISTS

In the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics

The Marriage Plot: Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with LiteratureNAOMI SEIDMAN, Graduate Theological Union
Stanford University Press

In the category of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History and Culture

Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391-1392
BENJAMIN R. GAMPEL, Jewish Theological Seminary
Cambridge University Press

In the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania

Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco
JESSICA M. MARGLIN, University of Southern California
Yale University Press

In the category of Philosophy and Jewish Thought

The Christian Schism in Jewish History and Jewish Memory

JOSHUA EZRA BURNS, Marquette University
Cambridge University Press

For further information, contact Amy Weiss, Grants and Communications Manager, at aweiss@associationforjewishstudies.org, 917-606-8249