AAP Announces 2019 PROSE Award Category Winners, Board Officers

In News by Porter Anderson

The 48 subject category winners of the 2019 PROSE Award cycle from the Association of American Publishers will yield four top category titles and an overall winner.

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Significant Contribution to a Field of Study’
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) on Tuesday (January 29) has named its 2019 PROSE Awards subject category winners. These honors effectively form the longlists for four finalists, which will be announced on February 7 during the organization’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference in Washington.

Those four top awards, effectively the shortlist, will be drawn from each category:

  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

The organization then will name one of those four titles as the ultimate RR Hawkins Award Winner.

The PROSE Awards program, as Publishing Perspectives has reported, honors scholarly works. These 2019 selections in 48 categories were chosen from 165 finalists, which were the standouts in an initial pool of more than 500 entries.

Eighteen jurors were charged with selecting the works that best “demonstrate exceptional scholarship and have made make a significant contribution to a field of study.”

As these subject category PROSE honorees are announced, the AAP president and CEO, Maria A. Pallante, on Wednesday (January 30) has messaged the association that the board of directors’ leadership for 2019 comprises:

  • Tom Bozik, president for global product at Pearson, as president
  • Macmillan CEO John Sargent as vice president
  • WW Norton & Company chairman Drake McFeely as treasurer

With this, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle finishes his terms as chair (2017-2019) and vice chair (2016), and now will stay on the executive committee as immediate past chairman.

YS Chi, Elsevier’s chairman, is to represent the AAP to the International Publishers Association (IPA), a role held previously by HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray.

In her note to the membership, Pallante commends Dohle for “the inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm he brought to his tenure. Under his leadership, the board of directors worked closely together to sharpen the organization’s advocacy mission, prioritize policy objectives, refine programs, update governing documents, and streamline operations.”

2019 PROSE Award Biological and Life Sciences Category Winners

Biological Science

  • Who We Are and How We Got Here, Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House, David Reich

Biomedicine and Neuroscience

  • Cajal’s Neuronal Forest: Science and Art, Oxford University Press, Javier DeFelipe

Clinical Medicine

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Demos Medical, an Imprint of Springer Publishing
    John C. Cianca MD, Shounuck I. Patel DO

Nursing and Allied Health

  • Clinical Leadership for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, Springer Publishing Company, Michael Huckabee PhD, PA-C

Clinical Psychology

  • The Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain, Yale University Press, Nick Chater
2019 PROSE Award Humanities Category Winners

Archeology and Ancient History

  • Unearthing Childhood: Young Lives in Prehistory, Manchester University Press, Robin Derricourt

Art Exhibitions

  • Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, Princeton University Art Museum, Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock

Art History & Criticism

  • Orientalist Lives: Western Artists in the Middle East, 1830–1920, The American University in Cairo Press, James Parry

Biography & Autobiography

  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Oxford University Press, Jeffrey C. Stewart


  • Londinium: A Biography: Roman London from Its Origins to the Fifth Century, Bloomsbury, Richard Hingley

Language & Linguistics

  • An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States, University of California Press, Rosina Lozano


  • Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Daniel Heath Justice

Media and Cultural Studies

  • On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News, University Press, Matthew Pressman

Music & the Performing Arts

  • Guillaume Du Fay: The Life and Works, Cambridge University Press, Alejandro Planchart

North American/U.S. History

  • The Science and Politics of Race in Mexico and the United States, 1910-1950, University of North Carolina Press, Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt

Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher

  • Underbug, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Lisa Margonelli


  • Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, Oxford University Press, Kate Manne

World History

  • The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, Geraldine Heng
2019 PROSE Award Physical Science and Mathematics Category Winners

Chemistry and Physics

  • Physical Chemistry of Gas-Liquid Interfaces, Elsevier, Jennifer Faust and J.E. House

Computing and Information Sciences

  • Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, The MIT Press, Meredith Broussard

Cosmology and Astronomy

  • Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact, Cambridge University Press, Steven J. Dick

Earth Science

  • Global Flood Hazard: Applications in Modeling, Mapping and Forecasting, Wiley, Guy J-P. Schumann, Paul D. Bates, Heiko Apel, Giuseppe T. Aronica

Engineering and Technology

  • Space Safety and Human Performance, Elsevier, Tommaso Sgobba, Barbara Kanki, Jean-Francois Clervoy and Gro Sandal

Environmental Science

  • Statistical Downscaling and Bias Correction for Climate Research, Cambridge University Press, Douglas Maraun, Martin Widmann

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Designing an Internet, The MIT Press, David Clark


  • High-Dimensional Probability: An Introduction with Applications in Data Science, Cambridge University Press, Roman Vershynin

Popular Science & Popular Mathematics

  • Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, Princeton University Press, Marcia Bjornerud
2019 PROSE Award Reference Works Category Winners


  • BirdGenie, Princeton University Press, Software written by Tom Stephenson, Stephen Travis Pope, and Scott Whittle

Best New Journal in Humanities

  • ASAP/Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, Jonathan Eburne

Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine

  • GeoHealth, AGU and Wiley, Gabriel Filippelli, Editor in Chief

Best New Journal in Social Sciences

  • AERA Open, SAGE Publishing, Mark Warschauer, Nancy E. Hill, and Greg J. Duncan

Innovation in Journal Publishing

  • Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Johns Hopkins University Press, Debra Rae Cohen

Multivolume Reference/Humanities

  • The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, Wiley, Editor in Chief: John I. Liontas

Multivolume Reference/Science

  • Encyclopedia of Geochemistry, Springer, William M. White

Multivolume Reference/Social Sciences

  • APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women; Vol. 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds; and Vol 2: Perspectives on Women’s Private and Public Lives, American Psychological Association, Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White

Single Volume Reference/Humanities

  • Gardens of the Roman Empire, Cambridge University Press, Edited by Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, and Amina-Aïcha Malek

Single Volume Reference/Science

  • Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology, Springer, Peter Bobrowsky and Brian Marker

Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences

  • Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals, Elsevier, Karen Terio, Denise McAloose, and Judy St. Leger

Textbook/Clinical Science

  • Human Biochemistry, Elsevier, Gerald Litwack

Textbook/Physical Sciences & Mathematics

  • The Physics of Energy, Cambridge University Press, Robert L. Jaffe, Washington Taylor

Textbook/Social Sciences

  • Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Princeton University Press, Matthew J. Salganik
2019 PROSE Award Physical Social Sciences Category Winners

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology

  • The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution, NYU Press, Ann Travers

Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Banking on Beauty: Millard Sheets and Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California, University of Texas Press, Adam Arenson

Business, Management and Finance

  • Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People, Yale University Press, Donna Hicks


  • EuroTragedy, Oxford University Press, Ashoka Mody

Education (Practice and Theory)

  • Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, Princeton University Press, Keith E. Whittington

Government, Policy and Politics

  • Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, Oxford University Press, Kathleen Hall Jamieson


  • Living on Death Row: The Psychology of Waiting to Die, American Psychological Association, Hans Toch, James P. Acker, & Vincent Martin Bonventre

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.