2018 CESS Book Awards Shortlists


CESS announces the shortlists for the 2018 Book Awards in both the social sciences and history and the humanities. For the first time, both awards are being offered in the same year.  The winners will be announced at the Annual Conference — we hope you will join us. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!


History and the Humanities

Campbell, Ian W. 2017. Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Levi, Scott Cameron. 2017. The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Mostowlansky, Till. 2017. Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Tasar, Eren. 2017. Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Vacca, Alison. 2017. Non-Muslim Provinces under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania. Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.


Social Sciences

Cooley, Alexander, and John Heathershaw. 2017. Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kudaibergenova, Diana T. 2017. Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature: Elites and Narratives. Contemporary Central Asia: Societies, Politics, and Cultures. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

McBrien, Julie. 2017. From Belonging to Belief: Modern Secularisms and the Construction of Religion in Kyrgyzstan.Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick. 2016. Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Spector, Regine A. 2017. Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.