AAP 2020 PROSE Awards Name Category Winners

In News by Porter Anderson

A long roster of winners have been named in the AAP Prose Awards for scholarly publishing. The top winner of the RR Hawkins Award will be honored June 23.

The work of Leonardo is featured in one of the many subject sub-category winners of the 2020 PROSE Awards. Image – iStockphoto: Janaka Maharage Dharmasena

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

Sciences and Humanities
We reported last week on the 157 finalists for the Association of American Publishers‘ 2020 PROSE Awards.

Today (February 21), we have the winners in each of the roughly 50 categories and sub-categories of the program.

The name of the program, PROSE, stands for Professional and Scholarly Excellence. These awards recognize scholarly works published in the United States in the arts, humanities, biological and physical sciences, reference, and social sciences. And the works eligible for contention in this cycle of the program have to have been copyrighted in 2019.

The PROSE awards cover five subject categories, each with sub-categories:

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Reference Works
  • Social Sciences

The RR Hawkins Award recipient is drawn from the winners in those five categories. AAP’s annual Professional and Scholarly Publishers forum in Washington on June 23 is the event in which the Hawkins Award winner is honored.

2020 PROSE Biological and Life Sciences Winners

Biological Science

  • Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease, Drew Harvell, University of California Press

Biomedicine & Neuroscience

  • The Brain from Inside Out, György Buzsáki, Oxford University Press

Clinical Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health (including Social Work)

  • Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing, Françoise Baylis, Harvard University Press

Nursing & Allied Health (including Social Work)

  • Urban Health, Sandro Galea, Catherine K. Ettman, and David Vlahov, Oxford University Press

Clinical Psychology

  • Clinical Psychopharmacology: Principles and Practice, Nassir Ghaemi, Oxford University Press
2020 PROSE Humanities Finalists

Archeology & Ancient History

  • Climate, Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory: Linking Evidence, Causes, and Effects, Ian Gilligan, Cambridge University Press

Architecture & Urban Planning

  • Brooklyn: The Once and Future City, Thomas J. Campanella, Princeton University Press

Art Exhibitions

  • Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, Edited by Elizabeth Morison With Larisa Grollemond, Getty Publications

Art History & Criticism 

  • Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, Carmen C. Bambach, Yale University Press

Biography and Autobiography

  • The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age, Leo Damrosch, Yale University Press


  • Pindar, Song and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology, Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke, Johns Hopkins University Press

Language and Linguistics

  • Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race, Jonathan Rosa, Oxford University Press


  • Writing Revolution in Latin America: From Martí to García Márquez to Bolaño, Juan E. De Castro, Vanderbilt University Press

Media and Cultural Studies

  • The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament,  Orlando Patterson, Harvard University Press

Music and the Performing Arts

  • Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music, Kyle Devine, The MIT Press

North American and/or US History

  • The Cigarette: A Political History,  Sarah Milov, Harvard University Press


  • Learning from My Daughter, Eva Feder Kittay, Oxford University Press

Outstanding Work by a Trade Publisher

  • Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, WW Norton & Company

Theology and Religious Studies

  • Biblical Theology: The Convergence of the Canon, Ben Witherington, III, Cambridge University Press
  • History and Eschatology: Jesus and the Promise of Natural Theology, NT Wright, Baylor University Press

World History

  • The Holocaust and New World Slavery, Steven T. Katz, Cambridge University Press
2020 PROSE Physical Sciences and Mathematics Finalists

Chemistry and Physics

  • Chemical, Gas, and Biosensors for Internet of Things and Related Applications, Kohji

Computing & Information Sciences

  • The Creativity Code: Art and Innovation in the Age of AI, Marcus du Sautoy, Harvard University Press

Cosmology & Astronomy

  • Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography and Geology, Kenneth S. Coles, Kenneth L. Tanaka, Philip R. Christensen, Cambridge University Press

Earth Science

  • Chemostratigraphy Across Major Chronological Boundaries, Alcides N. Sial, Claudio Gaucher, Muthuvairavasamy Ramkumar, Valderez Pinto Ferreira, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Engineering and Technology

  • Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer’s Guide, Karen L. LaBat and Karen S. Ryan, CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group – an informa business

Environmental Science

  • Global Environmental Outlook – GEO-6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People, edited by UN Environment, Cambridge University Press

History of STM

  • The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause, Susan P. Mattern, Princeton University Press


  • 99 Variations on a Proof, Philip Ording, Princeton University Press

Popular Science and Popular Mathematics

  • The 9 Pitfalls of Data Science, Gary Smith and Jay Cordes, Oxford University Press
Reference Works

Best New Journal

  • Joule, Philip J. Earis, Brandon R. Sutherland, Changrong Zhu, Alexandra K. Stephan, Cell Press

Multivolume Reference/Humanities

  • A Cultural History of Work Volumes 1-6, Deborah Simonton and Anne Montenach, Bloomsbury

Multivolume Reference or Textbook Social Sciences

  • Business & Culture of Sports: Society, Politics, Economy, Environment, Joseph Maguire, editor in chief; Mark Falcous and Katie Liston, Associate Editors, Gale, a Cengage company

Single Volume Reference/Humanities

  • Roman Architecture and Urbanism: From the Origins to Late Antiquity, Fikret Yegül, Diane Favro, Cambridge University Press

Single Volume Reference/Biological Science

  • The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation, Bryan N. Danforth, Robert L. Minckley, John L. Neff, and Frances Fawcett, Princeton University Press

Textbook/Physical Sciences and Mathematics

  • An Introduction to Electrodynamics, Peter Davidson, Oxford University Press

Textbook/Biological Science

  • Fishes of the Salish Sea: Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca, Theodore Wells Pietsch and James Wilder Orr, Illustrated by Joseph R. Tomelleri, University of Washington Press


  • On the Brink of Paradox: Highlights from the Intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, Agustín Rayo, The MIT Press

Textbook/Medicine and Clinical Science

  • Handbook of Sleep Disorders in Medical Conditions, Josée Savard and Marie-Christine Ouellet, Elsevier
Social Sciences

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology

  • Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, Caitlyn Collins, Princeton University Press

Business, Management & Finance

  • The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West, Payal Arora, Harvard University Press


  • Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events, Robert J. Shiller, Princeton University Press

Education Practice

  • How Girls Achieve, Sally A. Nuamah, Harvard University Press

Education Theory

  • Where Teachers Thrive:  Organizing Schools for Success, Susan Moore Johnson, Harvard Education Press

Government, Policy and Politics

  • Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump, Allison Stanger, Yale University Press

Legal Studies

  • The Cult of the Constitution, Mary Anne Franks, Stanford University Press


  • Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny, Michael Tomasello, Harvard University Press

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Association of American Publishers is here, more on digital publishing is here, and more on publishing and book awards is here.

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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.