Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize

Established in 1983, the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, sponsored by the Association for Slavic Studies, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Stanford University Center for Russian and East European Studies, is awarded annually for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences published in English in the United States in the previous calendar year. The Vucinich Book Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the Annual Convention.

Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide (Princeton University Press)

Honorable Mention: Michael Kunichika, “Our Native Antiquity”: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Culture of Russian Modernism (Academic Studies Press)

Honorable Mention: Douglas Rogers, The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism (Cornell University Press)

Rules of eligibility for the Vucinich book prize competition are as follows:

    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2015 to be eligible for the 2016 competition).
    • The book must be a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
    • Works may deal with any area of Eastern Europe, Russia, or Eurasia.
    • The competition is open to works of scholarship in any discipline of the social sciences or humanities (including literature, the arts, film, etc.). Policy analyses, however scholarly, cannot be considered.
    • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is published in the United States and originally published in English.
    • Textbooks, collections, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.

Fill out and submit this form to notify the Association of your intent to nominate a publication for ASEEES prizes.

Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below) AND to the ASEEES main office (address in the footnote). Nominations must be received no later than April 15.

Submissions should be clearly marked "Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize Nomination." If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASEEES main office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.

The winner of the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize will be chosen by the following scholars:

Maria Bucur-Deckard, Indiana U Bloomington, 2017-2018, Committee Chair 
(mailing address): 
Maria Bucur-Deckard
8400 S. Ketcham Road
Bloomington, IN 47403

Nancy Condee, U of Pittsburgh, 2016-2017
(mailing address):
Nancy Condee
6214 Wellesley Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Stephen Hutchings, U of Manchester (UK), 2016-2017 
(mailing address):
Stephen Hutchings
Russian Studies Department, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL UK

(for customs use):
newsnet@pitt.edu
412 648 9809

Jason Wittenberg, UC Berkeley, 2017-2018
(mailing address):  
Professor Jason Wittenberg
Department of Political Science
210 Barrows Hall, MC #1950
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1950