Cohn Prize

Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize

The Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize honors outstanding and innovative scholarship across discipline and country of specialization for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia, published during the preceding year. Books nominated may address either contemporary or historical topics in any field of the humanities or the social sciences related to any of the countries of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal in the spirit of Barney Cohn’s broad and critical scholarship on culture and history in South Asia.


$1,000 award for the author.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Books must have a 2018 copyright date.
  • Prior publication of an edited volume, exhibition catalog, or translations without critical apparatus does not necessarily disqualify authors; a list of such publications, if any, must accompany the submission.
  • A copy of nominated books must be sent to each member of the selection committee listed below by the deadline.

Nominations for the Prize may be made by authors, publishers, or other interested members in the field.


The deadline for submission is August 1, 2019.

Cohn Prize Committee

Nathaniel Roberts (Chair)
Humboldtallee 16A
37073 Göttingen

Anna Stirr
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Asian Studies Program
Moore Hall 416
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1890 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Neilesh Bose
Department of History
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P4

2020 Awards

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