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Professors Falola and Li receive awards at University Co-op's annual book awards event

On Oct. 20, the University Co-operative Society's 14th Hamilton Book Awards were announced at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Posted: October 21, 2010
Professors Huaiyin Li and Toyin Falola

Professors Huaiyin Li and Toyin Falola

The awards were established in 1997 in honor of Professor Robert W. Hamilton, past chairperson of the Co-op for 12 years during 1989-2001 and particularly responsible for overseeing its rise in terms of profitability and growth. Hamilton is the Minerva House Drysdale Regent Chair-Emeritus in Law.

The award is one of the most prestigious for literary achievement for authors from the The University of Texas at Austin. Associate Professor Huaiyin Li was one of four runners-up for the top prize for his book, Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-History, 1948-2008. Li received a $3,000 monetary award.

Li's book gives a comprehensive account of rural life after the communist revolution, drawing on original documents from local agricultural collectives, newly accessible government archives, and his own fieldwork in the village, Qin, of the Jiangsu province to highlight the continuities in rural transformation. Li disagrees with the claim that recent developments in rural China represent a radical break from the collective era.

This is not the first award for Li's book, Village China Under Socialism and Reform. It is the 2009 winner of the Cecil B. Currey Book Award from the Association of Third World Studies. Li has also received the 2010 Chinese Historians in the United States Award for Academic Excellence for his book.

Professor Toyin Falola received the top Career Research Excellence Award for the very impressive research program in African history that he established and has maintained, since he came to the university in 1991. Falola received a $10,000 prize for this achievement.

On receiving this recognition, Falola said, "It is very humbling to be so recognized; I went to the ceremony without ever thinking that I would ever receive it, and congratulate an outstanding colleague. On my way back home, I promised myself to work harder and elevate the award to the next level."

Falola is also the recipient of the university's Office of Graduate Studies 2010 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and he recently reached another milestone, that few ever achieve, of 100 books published.

Chairman of the University of Co-operative Society, Dr. Michael H. Granof, presided over the event, while President William Powers Jr. presented the actual awards.

Previous runner-up and grand-prize winners from the History Department or crosslisted with the department include (* denotes recipient of the grand prize of $10,000):

2009 – Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Department of History
Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War
Knopf

2009 – Dr. Tracie Matysik, Department of History
Reforming the Moral Subject: Ethics and Sexuality in Central Europe, 1890-1930
Cornell University Press

2007 – Dr. Mark Metzler, Department of History
Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan
University of California Press

2006 – Dr. Neil Kamil, Department of History
Fortress of the Soul: Violence, Metaphysics, and Material Life in the Huguenots’ New World, 1517-1751
Johns Hopkins University Press

2005 – Dr. Toyin Falola, Department of History
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir
University of Michigan Press

2004 – Dr. Janet M. Davis, Department of American Studies
The Circus Age: Culture and Society Under the American Big Top
The University of North Carolina Press

2001 – Dr. Jonathan Brown, Department of History
Latin America: A Social History of the Colonial Period
Harcourt College Publishers

2000 – Dr. A. P. Martinich, Department of Philosophy *
Hobbes: A Biography
Cambridge University Press

Dr. Wm. Roger Louis, Department of History
The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century
Oxford University Press

1999 – Dr. Kevin Kenny, Department of History
Making Sense of the Molly Maguires
Oxford University Press

1998 – Dr. Neil F. Foley, Department of History *
The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture
University of California Press

1997 – Dr. Judith G. Coffin, Department of History
The Politics of Women's Work: The Paris Garment Trades, 1750-1915
Princeton University Press

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