CWIHP Advisory Committee Chairman William Taubman and CWIHP Senior Scholar Hope Harrison win AAASS Awards

Nov 30, 2004

CAMBRIDGE, MA--November 19, 2004 The American Association for the
Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), the leading private, nonprofit
organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Russia,
Central Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe, will present its annual awards on December 6, 2004, during the 36th National Convention held at the
Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The following
scholars will receive awards:

William Zimmerman, Professor of Political Science and a Research Professor
both at the Center for Russian and East European Studies and at the Center
for Political Studies of the Institute for Social Research at University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, will receive the Distinguished Contributions to Slavic
Studies Award.

William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, will receive the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize awarded for the most
important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in
any discipline of the humanities or social sciences, for Khrushchev: The
Man and His Era, published by W.W. Norton. Katherine Verdery, Eric R. Wolf Collegiate Professor in the Anthropology Department and Faculty Associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at University of Michigan, will receive an honorable mention from the Vucinich Book Prize committee for The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, published by Cornell University Press.

Hope M. Harrison, Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs
at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Cold War
International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center
for Scholars, will receive the Marshall Shulman Book Prize for an
outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign
policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the
former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe, for Driving the Soviets up the Wall:
Soviet-East German Relations, 19531961, published by Princeton University
Press.

Paul R. Gregory, Professor of Economics at University of Houston, will receive the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for an outstanding publication on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their transitional successors, for The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives, published by Cambridge University Press.

Benjamin Nathans, Associate Professor of History at University of
Pennsylvania, will receive the W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize presented
biennially for the first published book of exceptional merit and lasting
significance for the understanding of Russia's past, for Beyond the Pale:
The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia, published by University of California Press.

Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor in the Department of Government and Politics
and Director of the Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies at
University of Maryland, will receive the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize for a
distinguished monograph on any aspect of Southeast European or Habsburg
studies since 1600, or nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ottoman or Russian
diplomatic history, for Stalinism for all Seasons: A Political History of
Romanian Communism, published by University of California Press. In
addition, two scholars will receive an honorable mention from the Jelavich
Book Prize committee: Katherine Verdery, Eric R. Wolf Collegiate Professor in the Anthropology Department and Faculty Associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at University of Michigan, will receive an honorable mention for The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, published by Cornell University Press; and
Keith Brown, Assistant Professor at the Watson Institute for International
Studies at Brown University, will receive an honorable mention for The Past in Question: Modern Macedonia and the Uncertainties of Nation, published by Princeton University Press.

Jonathan D. Huener, University of Vermont, will receive the AAASS/Orbis
Books Prize for Polish studies for the best book in any discipline on any
aspect of Polish affairs, for Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of
Commemoration, 19451979, published by the Ohio University Press. In
addition, two scholars will receive an honorable mention from the
AAASS/Orbis Books prize committee: Thomas C. Hubka, Professor in the
Department of Architecture at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will
receive an honorable mention for Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and
Worship in an Eighteenth-Century Polish Community, published by the
University Press of New England; and Timothy Snyder, Associate Professor in
the History Department at Yale University, will receive an honorable
mention for The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania,
Belarus, 15691999, published by Yale University Press.

Simon Rabinovitch, Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis University, will receive the
Graduate Student Essay Prize for an outstanding essay by a graduate student
in Slavic studies for "Positivism, Populism and Politics: The Intellectual
Foundations of Jewish Ethnography in Late Imperial Russia."

For additional information about the AAASS, the awards presentation, an
electronic version of this press release, full text of the citations for the awards, and contact information for prize winners or publishers, please contact:
Carol Saivetz
AAASS Executive Director
tel.: 617-495-0679


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