IHR Book Award

An annual award presented for a nonfiction work that reflects the finest contemporary humanities-based scholarship on any topic.

Established in 2008, the IHR  Book Award is presented for a nonfiction work of humanities-based scholarship. The award recognizes and celebrates humanities faculty authors from ASU and around the U.S. and the substantial body of humanistic research reflected in their publications.

 The deadline for the 2020 Book Award has not yet been announced.  

Porous Borders, by Julian Lim

Winner of the 2019 Humanities Book Award: Julian Lim

With the railroad's arrival in the late nineteenth century, immigrants of all colors rushed to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, transforming the region into a booming international hub of economic and human activity. As these migrants came together in ways that blurred and confounded elite expectations of racial order, both the United States and Mexico resorted to increasingly exclusionary immigration policies in order to make the multiracial populations of the borderlands less visible within the body politic, and to remove them from the boundaries of national identity altogether.

Julian Lim is an assistant professor of History at Arizona State University. She has published articles on race, immigration and refugee law, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in the Pacific Historical Review, the California Law Review, and the U.C. Irvine Law Review.


2019 Honorable Mention: Julia Himberg

Television conveys powerful messages about sexual identities, and popular shows such as Will & GraceEllenGleeModern Family, and The Fosters are often credited with building support for gay rights, including marriage equality. At the same time, however, many dismiss TV's portrayal of LGBT characters and issues as "gay for pay"—that is, apolitical and exploitative programming created simply for profit. In The New Gay for Pay, Julia Himberg moves beyond both of these positions to investigate the complex and multifaceted ways that television production participates in constructing sexuality, sexual identities and communities, and sexual politics.

Julia Himberg is associate professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals such as Television & New Media, Flow, and In Media Res. 

The New Gay for Pay, by Julia Himberg

Previous Winners


Sex and Herbs and Birth Control

Dr. Ann Hibner Koblitz

Throughout the ages, women have had to fight to maintain control of their sexuality and fertility, regardless of the specific era or culture. Whether it is the use of special herbs to reduce fertility or sea sponges serving as diaphragms, women have been incessantly innovative in their approach to fertility and pregnancy.


Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

Ellen Gruber Garvey, Professor of English, New Jersey City University

In the days before Google and the blogosphere, Americans still valued interaction with media and preserving historical events that mattered to them, despite their lack of virtual tools to deal with the nascent age of information. So with the tenacity and ingenuity so typical of 19th century American spirit, a new method of recording and interacting with media came to the fore: scrap booking. This woefully neglected trend in American popular culture touched the lives of everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, from emancipated slaves to confederate soldiers.


Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art

Ron Broglio, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University

Broglio posited, “We live on the same earth as animals but inhabit different worlds. How can we meet across the divide of worlds?” In his book he answers this question using phenomenology and contemporary art as tools to better understand the encounters that exist between our world and the world of animals. This exploration enhances our ability as humans to recognize animals as beings.

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