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IASA Book Award: $500

The Italian American Studies Association announces the IASA Book Award offered even numbered years for a scholarly work and odd numbered years for a creative work. The 2024 award will be presented at the annual conference this year in Florida. The award of $500 will be presented to an outstanding Scholarly contribution to the field of Italian American Studies published between January 1, 2023 and May 1, 2024. Works nominated must be authored monographs and must be primarily in English. (Edited collections are not eligible.) 

Nominations may be made by a publisher or a member in good standing of the Association. E-books are preferred but hard copies will be accepted in cases where the publishers do not have e-books. Please email electronic copy to Lisa Paolucci at by July 15, 2024. All electronic copies will be protected and not disseminated to anyone outside the book awards committee. If an e-version is not available please contact for a private mailing address. 

There is no entry fee. Copies, however, will not be returned. The author and work selected for the 2024 award will be announced by mid-October.



IASA Book Award: Past Winners

2023 Book Award: Jennifer Martelli, The Queen of Queens. Bordighera Press, 2022.

2022 Book Award: Laurie Buonanno & Michael Buonanno, Remembering Italian America: Memory, Migration, Identity. Routledge, 2021.

2021 Book Award: Marco Rafalà, How Fires End. Little A. 2019.

2020 Book Award: Giorgio Bertellini, The Divo and the DucePromoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America. University of California Press, 2019 and Jessica Barbata Jackson, Dixie’s Italians: Sicilians, Race, and Citizenship in the Jim Crow Gulf South. Louisiana State University Press, 2020.

2019 Book Award: Louise DeSalvo, The House of Early Sorrows. Fordham UP, 2018.

2018 Book Award: Samuele F. S. Pardini's In the Name of the Mother: Italian Americans, African Americans, and Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen. Dartmouth College P, 2017.

2017 Book Award: Camilla Trinchieri's Seeking Alice. Excelsior Editions, State U. of New York P, 2016.

2016 Book Award: Joseph Sciorra's  Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City. U. of Tennessee P, 2015.