CESS Book Award

CESS is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Book Award for the best book in the social sciences published in 2014 or 2015 is Jesse Driscoll for his book Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Selected comments from the panel members about Driscoll's book:

"This book is valuable not only for its central argument about warlords as state-builders, but for its extremely detailed account of how warlords and supporters operate: their beliefs, motivations, strategies, and methods, both current and historical."

"Driscoll develops a game theoretic model that seeks to explain why actors behave the way they do. In this way, the book makes an enduring contribution to theory... He takes this a step further and embarks on ethnographic work that allows him to discuss causal mechanisms in a way that is extremely sensitive to the region..."

"It is a book that will endure through the years, making a foundational contribution to our understanding of why civil conflicts end... This book reflects outstanding scholarship."

Many congratulations to Jesse! Our thanks also go to the other shortlisted candidates. 

Also on this page:
Announcement of the 2016 Book Award Shortlist
Call for submissions for the 2016 Book Award Competition (now closed) 
Past Recipients of the CESS Book Award

CESS 2016 Book Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the CESS book award is announced. The 2016 award will be awarded to a book in the social sciences published in 2014 or 2015 (books with 2016 publication dates that were released and available in 2015 are also eligible). 

The shortlisted books are:

Blum, Douglas W. The Social Process of Globalization: Return Migration and Cultural Change in Kazakhstan. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Driscoll, Jesse. Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Hale, Henry E. Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

McMann, Kelly M. Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia. Cornell University Press, 2014.

Mukhopadhyay, Dipali. Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State in Afghanistan. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Peshkova, Svetlana. Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan. Syracuse University Press, 2014.

Roche, Sophie. Domesticating Youth: Youth Bulges and Their Socio-Political Implications in Tajikistan. Berghahn Books, 2014. 

Call for submissions for the 2016 Book Award Competition [NOW CLOSED]

Deadline for Submissions was 15 May 2016

In 2007, CESS established two CESS Book Awards, one for work in the History & Humanities and another for work in the Social Sciences.  This year the award will be made to a book in Social Sciences.

Each year the CESS Book Award and a monetary prize of $500 is presented to the author of the research monograph, published in the preceding two years, that represents the most important contribution to Central Eurasian studies, or that holds the greatest potential for furthering scholarship on the Central Eurasian region.  An interdisciplinary panel of three scholars of Central Eurasia, appointed annually by the CESS Board, consider scholarly merit, argumentative scope, and felicity of style in their deliberations.

In 2016, books in the Social Sciences with a publication date of 2014 or 2015 may be considered for the competition.

The panel consisted of Noor O’Neill Borbieva (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), Jennifer Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh), and Riam Thum (Loyola University), with David Montgomery (CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion) as non-voting chair. The shortlist was be announced in July and the winner was announced at the 17th CESS Annual Conference at Princeton University in November 2016.

Rules and procedures for the competition are as follows:

  1. Books must be scholarly monographs in disciplines of the Social Sciences based on original research and published in English during 2014 or 2015 (as measured by the printed copyright date; exceptions for books available by the submission deadline may be allowed at the discretion of the Chair).
  2. Books may be submitted for one competition only, and no book may be considered more than once.
  3. Scholarly monographs translated into English from other languages are eligible for consideration.
  4. Edited volumes, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries and textbooks are not eligible.
  5. Nominations may be made by the publisher, the author, or a third party, as long as the nominator ensures that copies of the book are provided as indicated below.
  6. The winning author will receive the monetary prize and a certificate of award at an awards ceremony held at the CESS Annual Conference.

For the 2016 CESS Social Sciences Book Award competition, please ensure that four copies of the nominated book reach the CESS Book Award Committee by May 15, 2016.

Previous Book Award Recipients

History and Humanities

2015 – Rian ThumThe Sacred Routes of Uyghur History. Harvard University Press, 2014.

2013 – Patricia Crone. The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local ZoroastrianismCambridge University Press, 2012.

2011 – Paul StronskiTashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

2009 – Jeff SahadeoRussian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923Indiana University Press, 2007.

2007 – Marianne Kamp. The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under CommunismUniversity of Washington Press, 2006.

Social Sciences

2016 Jesse DriscollWarlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

2014 – Morgan LiuUnder Solomon's Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in OshUniversity of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.

2012 – Johan RasanayagamIslam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

2010 – Laura AdamsThe Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in UzbekistanDuke University Press, 2010.
2008 – Kathleen CollinsClan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2006.