UC Press is honored to celebrate the work of our award-winning authors, Barbara Ransby and Sharon Luk, who are both being recognized for their outstanding scholarship at this week’s American Studies Association conference in Atlanta. #2018ASA

The 2018 Angela Davis Prize for Public Scholarship

The Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship recognizes scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the “public good.” This includes work that explicitly aims to educate the lay public, influence policies, or in other ways seeks to address inequalities in imaginative, practical, and applicable forms. The 2018 prizewinner is Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago.

According to the committee, “while we were all familiar with Dr. Ransby’s important contributions, it was both impressive and inspiring to read such glowing testimonials from so many colleagues. What emerges is a compelling picture of a brilliant and courageous career devoted to social justice. Our expectations for the Davis Prize are extremely high and it is thus not awarded every year. But this year our expectations were exceeded, and we are excited to name you the winner.”

Congratulations to Barbara Ransby! You can view her most recent book, Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century, at the UC Press booth.


The 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize

The Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize was established in 2002 and is awarded annually for the best-published first book in American Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation.

The American Studies Association has awarded the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize to Sharon Luk, The Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity (University of California Press).

According to the committee, “a theoretically sharp, elegantly written, and deeply moving work of scholarship, The Life of Paper examines how unspectacular acts of letter-writing by incarcerated subjects document and maneuver through the infrastructural scaffolding of citizenship, security, the nation-state, and global capitalism.”

Congratulations to Sharon Luk! You can view The Life of Paper at the UC Press booth.