Cecil B. Currey ATWS Book-Length Publications Award, created by Dr. William Head in 1997, given for the best book published by an ATWS member during the previous year, was received at the ATWS annual meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, by Dr. Cecil B. Currey, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Florida, for his biography of Senior General Vo Nguyen Giap entitled, Victory At Any Cost. Due to Dr. Currey’s generosity in pledging funding to support this award, the Executive Council voted on October 11, 1997 to name award “Cecil B. Currey Book-Length Publications Award.”

1998 – John Mukum Mbaku, Willard L. Eccles Professor of Economics at Weber State University, for his book entitled Institutions and Reform in Africa: The Public Choice Perspective, published by Praeger in 1997.

1999 – Robert Olson, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History, University of Kentucky, for his superlative study, The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Iranian Relations, published by Mazda Press in 1998.

2000 – Paul J. Magnarella, Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida, for his excellent tome, Justice in Africa: Rwanda’s Genocide, its Courts, and the UN Criminal Tribunal, published by Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 2000.

2001 – Olufemi O. Vanghan, Associate Professor of African Studies and History, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stoney Brook, for his study entitled, “Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s”, published by University of Rochester Press, 2000.

2002 – Paul A. Rodell, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia Southern University, for his excellent monograph entitled “Culture and Customs of Philippines,” published by Greenwood Press, 2001.

2003 – William P. Head, Chief, Office of History, Warner Robins, AFB, Georgia , for his superlative study entitled “War from Above the Clouds: B-52 Operations During the Second IndoChina War and the Effects of the Air War on Theory and Doctrine,” published by Air University Press, 2003.

2005 – Toyin Falola, The Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History,University of Texas Austin, for his excellent study, “Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945-1965,” published by Kent State University Press, 2004.

2006 – Hanchao Lu, Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology, for his outstanding study, “Street Criers: A Cultural History of Chinese Beggars,” published by Stanford University Press, 2005

2007 – Farhad Nomani, Professor of Economics and Business Administration, The American University of Paris, and Sohrab Behdad, Professor and John E. Harris Chair in Economics, Denison University, for their superlative study, “Class and Labor in Iran: Did the Revolution Matter?,” published by Syracuse University Press, 2006.

2008 – Elizabeth F. Drexler, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Michigan State University, for her outstanding study, Aceh, Indonesia: Securing the Insecure State, published by The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008

2009 – Huaiyin Li, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas Austin, for his excellent study, “Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008,” published by Stanford University Press, 2009.”

2010 – Bryan Tilt, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Oregon State University, for his superlative book, “The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society,” published by Columbia University Press, 2010.  Honorable Mention: Toyin Falola, Francis Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History, University of Texas Austin, “Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria,” Indiana University Press, 2009; and Kelyani Devaki Menon, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, “Everyday Nationalism: Women of the Hindu Right in India,” University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

2011-Anja Jetschke, Academic Director, German Institute for Global and Area Studies, for her excellent book, “Human Rights and State Security: Indonesia and the Philippines,” published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2010.

2012 – Abdul Karim Bangura, Howard University, “African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers,” University Press of America, 2012.

Honorable mention: Olivia Bennett and Christopher McDowell, “The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement,” Palgrave, 2012; Carolina Matos, “Media and Politics in Latin America,” I.B. Tauris 2012; Natasha Hamilton-Hart, ”Hard Interests and Illusions: Southeast Asia and American Power,” Cornell University Press, 2012.

2013 – Co-Winners: Arndt Michael, University of Freiburg, “India’s Foreign Policy and Multilateralism,” Palgrave MacMillan, 2013; Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin, “Ibaden: Foundation,Growth, and Economic Change, 1830-1860,” Bookcraft Publishers, 2012

2014 – Michael J. Hathaway, Simon Fraser University, “Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest Asia,” University of California Press, 2013.

Toyin Falola AGSS Africa Book Award
The Toyin Falola ATWS Africa Book Award, established in 2005 in honor of Toyin Falola, one of Africa’s outstanding historians and intellectuals, was initially given in 2006 for the best book on Africa published in 2005-2006. The first award was presented at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of ATWS (November 2-4, 2006) at Winston-Salem State University. The 2006 winner was Adam Ashforth, Visiting Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton University, for his superlative work, “Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa”, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. The award is generously funded by Professor Falola.


The Toyin Falola Africa Book Award is named in honor of Toyin Falola, one of Africa’s outstanding historians and intellectuals. The award is given for the best book on Africa published in 2018-2019. Book submissions must be published from January 1, 2018 through August 15, 2019. The deadline for the submission of entries is July 30, 2019. The award will not automatically be given each year, but only when the committee decides that a book of considerable merit has been submitted. AGSS members are encouraged to enter their publications into the competition. The recipient will receive a plaque, citation, and a $500 cash award.

Qualifications are:

  1. Only monographs and similar original studies will be considered. Please do not submit anthologies or edited works.
  2. An individual who wishes to be considered must send a letter of application to the committee chair, Dr. José Arimatéia da Cruz
  3. Publishers are permitted to nominate an author’s book as long as the above rules are observed.
  4. An individual seeking the award is responsible for sending a copy of his/her book to each member of the committee.

Committee members are:

Dr. José Arimatéia da Cruz
Chair of the Committee
Department of Political Science and International Studies, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA 31419-1997. E-mail:

Col. Dr. James T. Gire
Department of Psychology
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450. E-mail: 


Dr. Ishmael Munene
Center for Education Excellence
Northern Arizona University
Flagg Staff, AZ 86011-5774. E-mail:


2007 – Assefaw Bariagaber, Professor and Chair, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, for his excellent study, “Conflict and the Refugee Experience: Flight, Exile, and Repatriation in the Horn of Africa, Ashgate (UK), 2006.

2008 – Ogbu Kalu, Professor, McCormick Theological Seminar, African Pentecostalism: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2008; and Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University, Healing Our Differences: The Crisis of Global Health and the Politics Of Identity, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

2009 – Bayo Holsey, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African Studies, Duke University, for her outstanding book, “Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana,” University of Chicago Press, 2006.”

2010 – Patrick Manning, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, for his excellent study, “The African Diaspora: A History through Culture,” Columbia University Press, 2009.

2011-Richard Beltrop, Independent Researcher and Consultant, for his superlative tome, “Darfur and the International Community: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in the Sudan,” published by I.B Tauris in 2010.

2012- Raymond Jonas, University of Washington, “The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire,” Harvard University Press, 2012.

2013 – Zubairu Wai, Lakehead University, “Epistemologies of African Conflicts: Violence, Evolutionism, and the War in Sierra Leone,” Palgrave MacMillan, 2012

2014 – Cati Coe, Rutgers University, “The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, and Global Inequality,” University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Harold Isaacs Award for Graduate Students, created by Robert Curry in 2001 to honor the founder of ATWS, is given to the author of the best graduate paper presented at the annual ATWS meeting.  The Award is named in honor of the Association’s founding president and is intended to support research focusing on the various problems facing peoples of the Global South. The Award will be made to the top graduate paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association. The Award is designed to encourage high quality research and writing among graduate students who have an interest in Global South studies. All candidates must have their papers accepted for presentation at the meeting in order to be eligible for the competition and they must be present at the AGSS meeting to deliver their paper. The winner will be presented with a $400 check award and plaque at the annual meeting’s banquet.

Interested graduate students must submit papers that (1) demonstrate originality in terms of research area and/or interpretation, 2) contribute to the intellectual debates within the subject area in which they are framed, and 3) present well-substantiated arguments. Please note that submissions should be near ready for publication. The winning paper will be published in the Journal of Global South Studies after any revisions suggested by the Review Subcommittee.

2001 – Naveed S. Sheikh, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, United Kindom.

2002 – Mueni Wa Muiu, Howard University.

2003 – Kristin Tassin, Tulane University.

2004 – Victoria Stanski, American University and Thathiah Ravi, American University.

2005 – Nathaniel Kwabo, American University

2006 – Christian Noll, American University

2007- Daniel Ogbaharya, Northern Arizona University.

2008 – John Agbonifo, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

2010 – Melissa T. Williams, Howard University.

2011-Maurice D. Smith, Howard University.

2014, Cati Coe, Rutgers University, “The Scattered Family: Parenting,African Migrants, and Global Inequality,” University of Chicago Press, 2014.