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AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography

Deadline: 31 December, yearly

A committee awards the annual prize for a book that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world. An award of $1,000 will be made to the author(s). In any given cycle, the Globe Book Award Committee may also select a second title from the  pool of nominations to be recognized with an Honorable Mention.

Eligibility: Books must be written or co-authored by a geographer. Books published for the first time in English, in any country, in calendar year 2021 or in the period Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2020, are now eligible for the awards. Please submit your title for consideration  for only one of the three AAG book awards (i.e., J.B. Jackson Prize, Globe Book Award  or Meridian Book Award).

Submissions: Nomination statements (two page maximum length) should provide full contact information for the author(s) and the nominator(s), including email addresses, and should document the ways the nominated work conveys the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world.  Please email nomination statements to, indicating "Globe Book Award" in the subject line. Please ship four copies of each nominated book to: Association of American Geographers, attn: Globe Book Award, 2000 14th Street, NW, Ste 104, #73158 Washington DC 20056.

Previous Recipients

2020 Alison Mountz, The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago, University of Minnesota Press, 2020


2019 Adam Moore, Empire’s Labor: The Global Army that Supports U.S. Wars, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019


2018 Tara Patricia Cookson, Unjust Conditions: Women's Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs, University of California Press, 2018


2017 Clyde Woods, Development Drowned and Reborn: the Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post- Katrina New Orleans, edited by Jordan Camp and Laura Pulido, University of Georgia Press, 2017


2016 Nicole Nguyen, A Curriculum of Fear, University of Minnesota Press

2015 Stephen J. Hornsby and Richard W. Judd, Eds; Michael J. Hermann (Cartographic Designer), Historical Atlas of Maine, University of Maine Press

2014 Paul Knox, Atlas of Cities, Princeton University Press

2013 Michael Dear, Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide, Oxford University Press

Michael Dear, Why Walls Won't Work

2012 Laura Pulido, Laura Barraclough and Wendy Cheng, A People's Guide to Los Angeles, University of California Press.

A People's Guide to Los Angeles

2011 Jim Kimmel and Jerry Touchstone Kimmel (photographs), Exloring the Brazos River from Beginning to End, Texas A&M University.

2010 Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James E. Meacham, Archeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai (Gary Tepfer, Photography), Esri Press.

2009 Stuart Elden, Terror and Territory, The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty, University of Minnesota Press.

2008 Owen J. Dwyer and Derek H. Alderman, Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory, Center for American Places.

2007 Trudy A. Suchan, Marc J. Perry, James D. Fitzsimmons, Anika E. Juhn, Alexander M. Tait and Cynthia A. Brewer, Census Atlas of the United States, Washington, DC: US Census Bureau Press.

2006 Bruce D'Arcus, Boudaries of Dissent: Protest and State Power in the Media Age, New York, NY. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

2005 Dydia DeLyser, Ramona Memories: Tourism and the Shaping of Southern California, University of Minnesota Press.

2004 James R. "Pete" Shortridge, Cities on the Plains: The Evolution of Urban Kansas, University of Kansas Press.

2003 Neil Smith, American Empire, Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization, University of California Press.

2002 Mark Monmonier, Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and Future of Privacy, University of Chicago Press.

2001 William G. Loy, Atlas of Oregon, University of Oregon Press

2000 James R. Shortridge, Our Town on the Plains: J.J. Pennell's Photographs of Junction City, Kansas 1893-1922 University of Kansas Press


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