Past AIIS Book Prize Winners

2020 Winners

Steven Vose, Reimagining Jainism in Islamic India: Jain Intellectual Culture in the Delhi Sultanate (Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)

Nikhil Menon, Planning Democracy: India’s Cold War Experiment (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2019 Winners

Dipti Khera, The Place of Many Moods: Painted Lands and India’s Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press. 2020. (Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)

Bharat Venkat, At the Limits of Cure (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2018 Winners

Eric Huntington, Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism. University of Washington Press. 2019. (Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India. Cambridge University Press. 2018. (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2017 Winners

Radkhia Govindrajan, Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relations in India’s Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2018. (Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)

Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development, and the Costs of Caste. Harper Collins India. 2017. (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2016 Winner

Anand TanejaJinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi. Stanford University Press. 2017. (The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2015 Winners

Walter Hakala, Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia. Columbia University Press. 2016. (Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities)
Bhrigupati Singh, Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2015. (Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences)

2014 Winners

Lisa Bjorkman, Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai. Duke University Press. 2015. (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. Cornell University Press. 2014. (Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Indian Humanities)

2013 Winner

Sunila Kale, University of Washington, Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development. Stanford University Press. 2014.

2011 Winner

Karin Zitzewitz, Michigan State University. The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India. Oxford University Press. 2014.

2010 Winners

Melissa Kerin, College of William and Mary. Art and Devotion at a Buddhist Temple in the Indian Himalaya. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2015.

Cathleen Cummings, Wellesley College. Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal. Pasadena: South Asian Studies Association. 2014.

2008 Winner

Ramnarayan S. Rawat, University of Pennsylvania. Reconsidering Untouchability Chamars and Dalit History in North India. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 20011.

2007 Winners

Karline McLain, Bucknell University. India’s Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings and Other Heroes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2009.

Michael Youngblood, Cultivating Community: Interest, Identity, and Ambiguity in an Indian Social Mobilization. Pasadena: South Asian Studies Association. 2016.

2006 Winners

Lisa Mitchell, University of Notre Dame. Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue. Indiana University Press. March 2009.

Mytheli Sreenivas, Ohio State University. Wives, Widows, and Concubines: The Conjugal Family Ideal in Colonial India. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2008.

2005 Winner

Richard Kent Wolf, Harvard University. The Black Cow’s Footprint: Time, Space and Music in the Lives of the Kotas of South India. Champaign: University of Illinois Press. 2006.

2004 Winners

Deborah Hutton, College of New Jersey. Art of the Court of Bijapur. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2006.

Sondra Hausner, Research Advisor for Save the Children-US (Nepal). Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2007.

2003 Winners

Aseema Sinha, U of Wisconsin, Madison. The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India: A Divided Leviathan. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. March 2005.

Pika Ghosh, University of North Carolina. Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Bengal. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. March 2005.