The MacMillan Center International Book Prizes

The MacMillan Center awards two prizes for books on international topics, named for two former directors of the center. Each year, the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize is awarded for the best first book by a Yale ladder faculty member, and the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize is awarded for the best book by a Yale ladder faculty member. Award recipients receive a research appointment at the MacMillan Center, and $10,000 in research funds over two years.

Books published after January 1, 2015, are eligible for consideration in this year’s competition. To nominate a book, please send one copy, along with a note indicating the prize for which it is being submitted, to the MacMillan Center, Book Prize Nominations, Director’s Suite, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, by February 28, 2017.

Emily Erikson, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book for Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757 (Princeton University Press, 2014). Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History, received the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for best book for Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (Penguin Random House, 2015). (release)

In 2015,  Tariq Thachil, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book for Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Stuart Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History, was awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for best book for Sea of Storms:
A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina (Princeton University Press, 2015). (release)

In 2014, Fabian Drixler, Assistant Professor of History, and Jenifer Van Vleck, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, were both awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book. Drixler for Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950 (University of California Press, 2013), and Van Vleck for Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy (Harvard University Press, 2013). Vladimir Alexandrov, B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Alan Mikhail, Professor of History, were both awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for best book. Alexandrov for The Black Russian (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013), and Mikhail for The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014). (release)

In 2013, Milette Gaifman, Associate Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology, and Eric Harms, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, were awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book. Gaifman for Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Harms for Saigon’s Edge: On The Margins of Ho Chi Mihn City (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Valerie Hansen and Anders Winroth, both Professors of History, were awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for best book. Hansen for The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Anders for The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe (Yale University Press, 2012). (release)

In 2012, Gundula Kreuzer, Associate Professor of Music, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book for Verdi and The Germans (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Susan Hyde, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Alan Mikhail, Assistant Professor of History, were both awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for best book. Hyde for The Pseudo-Democrat’s Dilemma (Cornell University Press, 2011), and Mikhail for Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). (release)

In 2011, Karuna Mantena, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for Alibis of Empire (Princeton University Press, 2010). Timothy Snyder, Professor of History, was awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010). (release)

In 2010, Charles Walton, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution: The Culture of Calumny & the Problem of Free Speech (Oxford University Press, 2008). Steven Pincus, Professor of History was awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for 1688: The First Modern Revolution (Yale University Press, 2009). (Walton releasePincus release)

In 2009, Thad Dunning, Associate Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Tina Lu, Professor of Chinese Literature, was awarded the Gustav Rains International Book Prize for Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008). (release)

In May 2007, Maurice Samuels, Professor of French, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for The Spectacular Past: Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell University Press, 2004). Frank Snowden, Professor of History and Medicine, was awarded the Gustav Rains International Book Prize for The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962 (Yale University Press, 2006). (Samuels releaseSnowden release)

In 2006, Julia Adams, Professor of Sociology, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Keller Easterling, Assistant Professor of Architecture, was awarded the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades. (Adams release;Easterling release)

In 2005, the prizes were awarded to Mridu Rai, Assistant Professor of History, for Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir (best first book), and Robert Harms, Professor of History, for The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade (best book).(release)