Shapiro Book Prize

Jan. 14, 2021 - The Huntington Names Winner of Inaugural Shapiro Book Prize
The biennial award of $10,000 for outstanding first monograph in American history and culture goes to Benjamin Francis-Fallon for The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History. Watch the 2021 Shapiro Book Prize lecture.


The Shapiro Book Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding first scholarly monograph in American political, social, intellectual, or cultural history. Winners receive a $10,000 cash award and are recognized in a ceremony at The Huntington. The inaugural prize was conferred in January 2021.

Nominations for the 2023 Shapiro Book Prize (for volumes published in the calendar years 2021 and 2022) will be accepted in early 2022, with a closing date of Sept. 1, 2022.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • The book must be the first monograph published by its author.
  • The book must have a publication date between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2022.
  • The book must be based on original documentary research in some aspect of American history and culture broadly defined.
  • Nominations can only be accepted from the publisher of the volume. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

Questions may be directed to [email protected]