American Institute of Indian Studies

Past Winners

Past AIIS Book Prize Winners

2016 Winners

Anand Taneja,  Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi (The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2015 Winners

Walter Hakala, Negotiating Terms: Urdu Dictionaries and the Definition of Modern South Asia (Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)
Bhrigupati Singh, Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2014 Winners

Lisa Bjorkman, Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)
Jessica Marie Falcone, Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built (Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Indian Humanities)

2013 Winner

Sunila Kale, University of Washington, Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development

2011 Winner

Karin Zitzewitz, Michigan State University,  The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India.

2010 Winners

Melissa Kerin, College of William and Mary, Tracing Lines of Devotion: Politics, Faith, and Art at a Western Himalayan Buddhist Temple. Cathleen Cummings, currently of Wellesley College, for her manuscript Kingship and Duty, Gods and Liberation:  Reading the Imagery on a Hindu Temple. 2008 Winner Ramnarayan S. Rawat, University of Pennsylvania for Untouchable Boundaries of Colonialism and Nationalism: Rethinking Histories of Untouchability in North India.

2007 Winners

Karline McLain, Bucknell University, India’s Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings and Other Heroes Michael Youngblood, Cultivating Communities: Identity, Ambiguity and the Construction of Common Interest in a Contemporary Indian Social Movement

2006 Winners

Lisa Mitchell, University of Notre Dame. The Making of a Mother Tongue: Language, Emotion, and Collective Identity in Colonial and Post-colonial Southern India Mytheli Sreenivas, Ohio State University. Conjugality and Capital: Family and Colonial Modernity in Tamil India, 1880-1950

2004 Winners

Deborah Hutton, College of New Jersey. Art of the Court of Bijapur. Sondra Hausner, Research Advisor for Save the Children-US (Nepal) Wandering in Place: Body, Space, and Time for Hindu Renouncers

2003 Winners

Aseema Sinha, U of Wisconsin, Madison. The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India: A Divided Leviathan. March 2005. Pika Ghosh, University of North Carolina. Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Bengal. March 2005.

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