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 2019 copyright date, and must be the first publication of this text in English anywhere in the world.
  • 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.
  • Publishers must complete the book nomination form. Each press may nominate a maximum of six books for the Coomaraswamy Prize.
  • Only publishers may nominate books.
  • Upon receipt of a completed nomination form, publishers will be provided with addresses for prize committee members. A copy of each entry, clearly labeled “Coomaraswamy Prize,” must be sent to each member of the committee.


Nominations must be received by June 30, 2020 to be eligible for the 2021 awards.

Coomaraswamy Prize Committee

Cynthia Talbot (Chair)
University of Texas at Austin

Naveeda Khan
Johns Hopkins University

Anirudh Krishna
Duke University

2020 Award