Coomaraswamy Prize

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize

The Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize honors a distinguished work of scholarship in South Asian Studies that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas. The committee particularly seeks nominations of broad scholarly works with innovative approaches that may concern any topic in any discipline or may cross disciplinary lines.

The prize recognizes a distinguished scholarly monograph beyond the author or authors’ first monograph or published research project. First monographs should be submitted for the Bernard S. Cohn Prize.


$1,000 to the author.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Nominated books must be original, scholarly, nonfiction works with a 2018 copyright date, and must be the first publication of this text in English anywhere in the world.
  • Nominated books should be accompanied by a list of the authors’ prior publications.
  • The book’s subject matter must deal with South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh).
  • Works are not eligible if they are reference works, exhibition catalogs, textbooks, essay collections, poetry, fiction, memoirs, or autobiographies.
  • Translations will be eligible only if they include a substantial introduction, annotation, or critical apparatus.
  • Co-authored books are eligible; edited volumes of essays are not.
  • Nominators must send a copy of each work nominated to each of the three members of the review committee below.

Presses may nominate up to six titles for the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize.


Books must be received by the committee members by the August 1, 2019 deadline.

Coomaraswamy Prize Committee

Paula Richman (Chair)
15 Richman Lane
Box 2075
Wellfleet, MA 02667-2075

Naveeda Khan
Department of Anthropology
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Cynthia Talbot
Dept. of History
University of Texas at Austin
128 Inner Campus Dr. B7000
Austin, Texas 78712-1739

2020 Award

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