Hamilton Book Author Awards Winners

Since 1997, the University Co-op Hamilton Book Author Awards have recognized the outstanding scholarship and creativity of University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff members. The diverse intellectual capital of the university can be seen in the list of prize-winning books which range from the sciences to humanities, arts, business and more.

The past winners of the Hamilton Book Author Awards are listed below.

2016

Classical Mexican Cinema takes Grand Prize in 2016 Hamilton Book Awards. Visit Co-op Awards 2016 page to see this year's book finalists and a gallery of the nominated authors.

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2015

See the news release about the 2015 Hamilton Book Author Awards.

Grand Prize Winner

Stephennie F. Mulder, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
“The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is, and the Architecture of Coexistence”; Edinburgh University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Donna M. Kornhaber, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
    “Charlie Chaplin, Director”; Northwestern University Press
  • Fernando L. Lara and Luis E. Carranza, School of Architecture
    “Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia”; University of Texas Press
  • Kelly S. McDonough, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
    “The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico”; University of Arizona Press

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2014

See the news release about the 2014 Hamilton Book Author Awards.

Grand Prize Winner

Denise A. Spellberg, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
“Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders”; Alfred A. Knopf, New York

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Runners-Up

  • Desmond F. Lawler, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
    “Water Quality Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes”; John Wiley & Sons
  • Huaiyin Li, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
    “Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing”; University of Hawaii Press
  • Allison E. Lowery, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
    “Historical Wig Styling: Volumes 1 and 2”; Focal Press/Taylor and Francis Group
  • Mark Metzler, Department of Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts
    “Capital as Will and Imagination: Schumpeter's Guide to the Postwar Japanese Miracle”; Cornell University Press

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2013

See the news release about the 2013 Hamilton Book Author Awards.

Grand Prize Winner

Julia E. Guernsey, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts
“Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica”; Cambridge University Press

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Runners-Up

  • James K. Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs
    “Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis”; Oxford University Press
  • Francis J. Gavin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
    “Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age”; Cornell University Press
  • Robin D. Moore, Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
    “Musics of Latin America”; W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Laurie Scott and Cornelia Watkins, Laurie Scott, Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Cornelia Watkins, Lecturer in Music at Rice University
    “From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers”; Oxford University Press

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2012

See the news release about the 2012 Hamilton Book Author Awards.

Grand Prize Winner

James W. Pennebaker, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
“The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us” ; Bloomsbury Press

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Runners-Up

  • John C. Abbott, Section of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
    “Damselflies of Texas: A Field Guide”, University of Texas Press
  • Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
    “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment”; Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
  • Raymond L. Neubauer, School of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Sciences
    “Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature”; Columbia University Press
  • Circe D. Sturm, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
    “Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century”; SAR Press (School for Advanced Research)

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2011

Grand Prize Winner

L. Michael White, Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts
"Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite," Harper One (Harper Collins)

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Runners-Up

  • Richard Graham, Department of History College of Liberal Arts
    "Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780-1860," University of Texas Press
  • David M. Hillis, Section of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
    "Principles of Life" (textbook), Sinauer Associates and W. H. Freeman
  • Inga Markovits, School of Law
    "Justice in Lüritz: Experiencing Socialist Law in East Germany," Princeton University Press
  • Karl Miller, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
    "Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow," Duke University Press

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2010

Grand Prize Winner

Dr. Shirley E. Thompson, Department of American Studies
"Exiles at Home: The Struggle to Become American in Creole New Orleans," published by Harvard University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Dr. Oscar G. Brockett, Department of Theatre and Dance
    "Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States," published by Tobin Theatre Arts Fund (distributed by University of Texas Press)
  • Dr. Huaiyin Li, Department of History
    "Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008"
  • Dr. Robin D. Moore, Butler School of Music
    "Music in the Hispanic Caribbean"
  • Dr. Richard R. Valencia, Department of Educational Psychology
    "Chicano Students and the Courts: The Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality"

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2009

Grand Prize Winner

Thomas O. McGarity, J.D. and Wendy E. Wagner, J.D., School of Law
"Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research" published by Harvard University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Jacqueline Jones, Ph.D., Department of History
    “Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War” published by A. A. Knopf
  • Peter F. MacNeilage, Ph.D., Department of Psychology
    “The Origin of Speech” published by Oxford University Press
  • Tracie M. Matysik, Ph.D., Department of History
    ”Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890-1930” published by Cornell University Press
  • Karen L. Rascati, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
    “Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics” published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

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2008

Grand Prize Winner

Denise Schmandt-Besserat, departments of Art and Art History and Middle Eastern Studies, colleges of Fine Arts and Liberal Arts
"When Writing Met Art: From Symbol to Story"
University of Texas Press

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Runners-Up

  • Carlton K. Erickson, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
    "The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment"
    W. W. Norton & Co.
  • James N. Loehlin, Department of English
    "Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard"
    Cambridge University Press
  • John T. Markert, Department of Physics
    "Physics for Engineers and Scientists, 3rd edition, extended"
    W. W. Norton & Co.
  • Kurt G. Weyland, Department of Government
    "Bounded Rationality and Policy Diffusion: Social Sector Reform in Latin America"
    Prin

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2007

Grand Prize Winner

Evan Carton, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
“Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America”
Free Press

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Runners-Up

  • James W. Daniel and Leslie J. F. Vaaler, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
    “Mathematical Interest Theory”
    Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Mark D. Metzler, Departments of History and Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts
    “Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan”
    University of California Press
  • Julia L. Mickenberg, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
    “Learning from the Left: Children’s Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States”
    Oxford University Press
  • Robert C. Solomon (1942-2007), Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
    “Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts: Experience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre”
    Oxford University Press

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2006

Grand Prize Winner

Dr. L. Michael White, Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts
“From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith”
Harper Collins

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Runners-Up

  • Dr. Eric V. Anslyn, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences,
    and Dr. Dennis Dougherty, California Institute of Technology
    “Modern Physical Organic Chemistry”
    University Science Books
  • Dr. Neil Kamil, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
    “Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots’ New World, 1517-1751”
    Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Meikle, departments of American Studies and Art and Art History, colleges of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts
    “Design in the USA”
    Oxford University Press
  • Dr. Paul B. Woodruff, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
    “First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea”
    Oxford University Press

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2005

Grand Prize Winner

Dr. Eric R. Pianka, Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor in Zoology, Section of Integrative Biology
“Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity”
University of California Press

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Runners-Up

  • Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, Department of Educational Psychology
    “Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder in Jasper, Texas”
    University of Texas Press
  • Dr. Joanna Brooks, Department of English
    “American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures”
    Oxford University Press
  • Dr. Toyin Falola, Department of History
    “A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir”
    University of Michigan Press
  • Dr. Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Department of Art and Art History
    “The Northern Renaissance”
    Phaidon Press Ltd.

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2004

Grand Prize Winner

Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Kay Forston Chair in European Art, Department of Art and Art History
“Sensuous Worship: Jesuits and the Art of the Early Catholic Reformation in Germany”
Princeton University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Janet M. Davis, associate professor, Department of American Studies
    “The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under the American Big Top”
    The University of North Carolina Press
  • Paul A. Jensen, professor, and Jonathan F. Bard, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    “Operations Research: Models and Methods”
    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Brian Leiter, professor, School of Law
    “Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Nietzsche on Morality”
    Routledge
  • Kurt Weyland, professor, Department of Government
    “The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela”
    Princeton University Press

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2003

Grand Prize Winner

Philip Bobbitt, A. W. Walker Centennial Chair, School of Law
The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History
Alfred A. Knopf

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Runners-Up

  • Douglas Biow, Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian
    Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy
    The University of Chicago Press
  • Nell Dale, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Sciences
    Co-author: John Lewis, Villanova University
    Computer Science Illuminated
    Jones and Bartlett Publishers
  • John G. Ekerdt, Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering
    Co-author: James B. Rawlings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals
    Nob Hill Publishing
  • Lisa J. Green, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
    African American English: A Linguistic Introduction
    Cambridge University Press

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2002

Grand Prize Winner

Mounira M. Charrad, Professor of Sociology
States and Women's Rights
University of California Press

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Runners-Up

  • John Kalb, Texas Memorial Museum
    Adventures in the Bone Trade
    Copernicus Books
  • Glenn Alan Peers, Professor of Art & Art History
    Subtle Bodies
    University of California Press
  • John J. Ruskiewicz, Professor of Rhetoric & Composition
    Keith Walters, Professor of Linguistics
    Everything's an Argument
    Bedford/St. Martin's
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  • Martha Ann Selby, Professor of Asian Studies
    Grow Long, Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India
    Oxford University Press

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2001

Grand Prize Winner

Lucas Scot Powe, Jr., Professor of Law
The Warren Court and American Politics
Harvard University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Jonathan Brown, Professor of History
    Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial Period
    Harcourt College Publishers
  • Robert Dudley, Professor of Integrative Biology, School of Biological Sciences
    The Biomechanics of Insect Flight: Form, Function, Evolution
    Princeton University Press
  • Michael Starbird, Professor of Mathematics
    The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking
    Key College Publishing Company
  • John Wheeler, Professor of Astronomy
    Cosmic Catastrophes: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Adventures in Hyperspace
    Cambridge University Press

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2000

Grand Prize Winner

A. P. Martinich, Professor of Philosophy
Hobbes: A Biography
Cambridge University Press

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Runners-Up

  • David M. Buss, Professor of Psychology
    Evolutionary Psychology
    Allyn & Bacon
  • Nell Dale, Professor of Computer Sciences
    C++ Plus Data Structures
    Jones and Bartlett Publishers
  • Veit Erlmann, Professor of Music
    Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination
    Oxford University Press
  • Wm. Roger Louis, Professor of History
    The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century
    Oxford University Press

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1999

Grand Prize Winner

Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Professor of Art & Art History
Duchamp in Context: Science and Technology in the Large Glass and Related Works
Princeton University Press

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Runners-Up

  • Julius G. Getman, Professor of Law
    The Betrayal of Local 14
    Cornell University Press
  • Kevin Kenny, Assistant Professor of History
    Making Sense of the Molly Maguires
    Oxford University Press
  • David M. Rabban, Professor of Law
    Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years
    Cambridge University Press
  • David V. Edwards, Professor of Government
    Alessandra Lippucci, Lecturer in Government
    Practicing American Politics: An Introduction to Government
    Worth Publishers
    Textbook Award

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1998

Grand Prize Winner

Neil F. Foley, Associate Professor of History
The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture
University of California Press

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Runners-Up

  • Desley Deacon, Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology
    Elsie Clews Parsons: Inventing Modern Life
    The University of Chicago Press
  • Kenneth E. Foote, Associate Professor of Geography
    Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy
    University of Texas Press
  • Denise Schmandt-Besserat, Professor of Art, Art History, and Middle Eastern Studies
    How Writing Came About
    University of Texas Press
  • Dee U. Silverthorn, Senior Lecturer in Zoology
    Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach
    Prentice Hall
    Textbook Award

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1997

Grand Prize Winner

Robert H. Kane, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy
The Significance of Free Will
Oxford University Press 1996

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Runners-Up

  • Judith G. Coffin, Assistant Professor, Department of History
    The Politics of Women's Work: The Paris Garment Trades, 1750-1915
    Princeton University Press 1996
  • Karl Galinsky, Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics
    Augustan Culture
    Princeton University Press 1996
  • Jeffrey L. Meikle, Professor of American Studies
    American Plastic: A Cultural History
    Princeton University Press 1996

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