Congratulations to PROSE Award winners and finalists

Fourteen Princeton University Press titles have been named Winners or Finalists for the 46th annual PROSE Awards, honoring scholarly works published in 2021 and announced today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Congratulations to the authors and books honored here:

Biological Sciences

Winner | Ant Architecture: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Underground Nests by Walter R. Tschinkel


Finalist | The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds by Mark Humphries


Finalist | The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live by Daniel M. Davis

European History

Winner | An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries by Emma Rothschild

Theology & Religious Studies

Winner | Jews and the Qur’an by Meir M. Bar-Asher, Foreword by Mustafa Akyol, Translated by Ethan Rundell

Computing & Information Sciences

Finalist | The Essence of Software: Why Concepts Matter for Great Design by Daniel Jackson

Earth Science

Winner | When the Sahara Was Green: How Our Greatest Desert Came to Be by Martin Williams

Engineering & Technology

Finalist | Things Fall Together: A Guide to the New Materials Revolution by Skylar Tibbits

History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Winner | Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Curse of Human History by Kyle Harper


Finalist | Visual Differential Geometry and Forms: A Mathematical Drama in Five Acts by Tristan Needham

Popular Science & Mathematics

Winner | Do Not Erase: Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards by Jessica Wynne

Finalist | Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life by Timothy J. Jorgensen

Cultural Anthropology & Sociology

Finalist | American Afterlives: Reinventing Death in the Twenty-First Century by Shannon Lee Dawdy

Finalist | Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town by Colin Jerolmack