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AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography

Deadline: December 31, yearly

A committee awards the annual prize for a book that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography. An award of $1,000 will be made to the author(s). In any given cycle, the Meridian 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 awardsPlease submit your book for consideration for only one of the AAG's three 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 contributes to advancing the science and art of geography. Please email nomiantion statements to indicating "Meridian Book Award" in the Subject Line. Please ship four copies of each nominated book to: Association of American Geographers, Attn: Meridian Book Award, 2000 14th Street NW, Ste 104, #73158,Washington DC 20056.

Previous AAG Meridian Book Award Recipients


Chie Sakakibara, Whale Snow: Iñupiat, Climate Change, and Multispecies Resilience in Arctic Alaska, University of Arizona Press, 2020



Julie Guthman, Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry, University of California Press, 2019

2018 Martin Doyle, The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers, W.W. Norton, 2018


Julie Michelle Klinger, Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes, Cornell University Press, 2017



Eric Sheppard, Limits to Globalization: The Disruptuive Geographies of Capitalist Development, Oxford University Press


Christopher Sneddon, Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, The University of Chicago Press


Matthew Gandy, The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity and the Urban Imagination, MIT Press.


Stuart Elden, The Birth of Territory, University of Chicago Press.


Richard Schroeder, Africa After Apartheid: South Africa, Race and Nation in Tanzania, Indiana University Press.


Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin, Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life, MIT Press.


Alison Mountz, Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border, University of Minnesota Press.


James A. Tyner, War, Violence, and Population: Making the Body Count, Guilford Press.


Robin Leichenko and Karen O'Brien, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures, New York: Oxford University Press


Diana K. Davis, Resurrecting the Granary of Rome, Athens, OH: Ohio University Press/Swallow Press


Laura Pulido, Black Brown Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles, University of California Press


Allen J. Scott. On Hollywood: The Place, The Industry, Princeton University Press


Cindi Katz, Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives, University of Minnesota Press


Michael Williams, Deforesting The Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis, University of Chicago Press


 Aharon Kellerman, The Internet on Earth: A Geography of Information, John Wiley & Sons


John Clarke, Land, Power, and Economics on the Frontier of Upper Canada, McGill-Queen's University Press


George L. Henderson, California and the Fictions of Capital, Oxford University Press (published in 1999)


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