UC Press is honored to announce that four of our publications have been nominated by the Association of American Publishers for the 2019 PROSE Awards in their respective academic subject areas. Starting in 1976, the PROSE Awards have “recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study in a given year.” The UC Press nominees for the 2019 PROSE Awards are as follows:


Art Reporting & Criticism:

Artist as Reporter:
Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture

by Jason E. Hill

“This exceptional book will make a significant contribution to scholarship on the history of photography and will reinvent the burgeoning field of periodical studies. By looking closely at the realm of mass culture that some critics at the time (and today!) dismissed as kitsch, Jason Hill has found photographic, graphic, and textual experimentation rivaling that of contemporary artists in its sophistication.”—Andrés Mario Zervigón, Associate Professor of the History of Photography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Language & Linguistics:

An American Language:
The History of Spanish in the United States

by Rosina Lozano


“Lozano has given us an original and imaginative story of contests over power, governance, and belonging that places language—and the Spanish language in particular—at the center of her analysis. In so doing, she offers a new and rich perspective on the development of the American Southwest since the middle of the nineteenth century, on the deeper meanings of American culture and politics, and on the complex ways in which citizenship is constructed.”—Steven Hahn, author of A Nation without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830–1910

Reference Works

Best New Journal in Science, Technology, and Medicine:

Case Studies in the Environment

Case Studies in the Environment is a journal of peer-reviewed case study articles, case study pedagogy articles, and a repository for editor-reviewed case study slides. The journal aims to inform faculty, students, researchers, educators, professionals, and policymakers on case studies and best practices in the environmental sciences and studies.

Social Sciences

Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology:

Chocolate Cities:
The Black Map of American Life

by Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson

“If Chocolate Cities were itself made of chocolate, it would come in a variety of forms: the central theses of the book like unsweetened cacao nibs, true and deep-flavored, long-lasting, challenging, surprising. Census data as chocolate bar, scored into bite-size forms. Musical references like the aroma of chocolate, wafting through the room. And the personal stories Robinson and Hunter delve into are multi-layered, well-baked undertakings.”—Memphis: The City Magazine

On January 29, 2019 AAP will reveal the Subject Category Winners, which in turn will compete for the PROSE Award in their disciplines at large. The final winners will be announced on February 7, 2019. More information regarding the awards can be read here.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!