Outstanding Book Award

The Association for the Study of Higher Education invites nominations for the Outstanding Book Award. This award recognizes a book that has significantly contributed to the study and scholarship of higher education. Books published with a 2019 or 2020 copyright date will be considered for this inaugural nomination process. Books may have been published globally, but for the purposes of consideration must be available in English. 

Call for Nominations

Nominations are due July 1, Noon Pacific. EXTENDED TO JULY 6, 2020, 8:00AM PACIFIC

Criteria for judging the merits of each book includes: the significance and timeliness of higher education issue(s) addressed, integrity and quality of the research, scholarship, and/or literature review, and impact and contribution of the book to the advancement of knowledge about an area of higher education. Books may be single-authored or co-authored. Please, no edited collections. 

To be considered for this award, submit the following: 
1. A submission abstract (no more than 300 words) that provides a full citation of the book and a rationale on how the book contributes to the field of higher education. 
2. A table of contents from the book. 
3. One representative chapter from the book that best exemplifies the contribution/impact of the book.

For books selected as finalists, the Book Award Committee will contact publishers for review copies. 

Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, another scholar, or by the publisher of the work.

2019 Outstanding Book Award:
White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Identity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, by Nolan L. Cabrera

"This is a very thoughtful book situated within its proper societal context--ongoing systems of racism and oppression in higher education. Cabrera’s book discusses the subtle--and not so subtle--ways that racism, perpetrated by white men, plays out on college campuses. The work is a significant, important shift in research on diversity in higher education, away from the vantage point of those who experience problems because of their diversity and toward the systemic structures that create those problematic experiences."

Previous ASHE Outstanding Book Award recipients:

2018: Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Ana M. Martinez Aleman, and Mandy Savitz-Romer