The University of California Press’s record with the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Awards is nothing less than honorable—the award has recognized 12 UC Press titles in the past 10 years. Most recently, Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States, by Rubén Hernández-León, won the award for 2010 and Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond, by Anny Bakalian and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, received an honorable mention.
Harvard Sociology Professor Mary Waters, who chaired the award committee, says the books were recognized for being “great examples of books that were theoretically sophisticated empirically rich and about very important current issues in immigration.”
Metropolitan Migrants, which also received an honorable mention in 2009, was praised by judges for “[opening] up new avenues for international migration research.” The judges also wrote that Backlash 9/11 “introduces a new theoretical model of backlash and mobilization during times of crisis, which synthesizes the immigration and social movement literature,” they said.
Of the UC Press titles recognized by the award, two have won and 10 have received honorable mentions, including: Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, by Alejandro Portes and Rubén G. Rumbaut (winner, 2002) and Irene Bloemraad’s Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in The United States and Canada (honorable mention, 2008). The year Legacies won the award, UC Press swept the honorable mentions as well.