Law Professor Philip Bobbitt wins $10,000 Hamilton Book Award

May 1, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas—A timely and internationally noted book that explores the effects of politics and war on statehood in the post–Cold War world received the top honor at the 2003 Robert K. Hamilton Book Awards, which recognize outstanding work by The University of Texas at Austin faculty.

President Larry R. Faulkner and Law School dean William Powers with Philip Bobbitt
President Larry R. Faulkner and Law School Dean William Powers with Philip Bobbitt (center) at the Hamilton Book Awards ceremony.

Philip C. Bobbitt’s “The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History” (Alfred A. Knopf) took the $10,000 grand prize presented at the awards dinner April 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. A professor of constitutional law, Bobbitt holds the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and has served in the White House, the Senate, the State Department and the National Security Council. His book examines what Bobbitt calls the shift from nation-states to market-states.

The Hamilton Book Awards, sponsored by the University Co-op, are the only cross-disciplinary awards focusing on the scholarly writing of faculty and staff. About 50 authors from around the university were nominated this year.

Four university authors each received prizes of $3,000. They were:

  • Douglas Biow, associate professor of French and Italian, for “Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy” (University of Chicago Press).
  • Nell Dale, senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Sciences, for “Computer Sciences Illustrated” (Jones and Bartlett Publishers). Her co-author was John Lewis of Villanova University.
  • John G. Ekerdt, the Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, for the textbook “Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals” (Nob Hill Publishing). His co-author was James B. Rawlings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Lisa J. Green, associate professor of linguistics, for the textbook “African American English: A Linguistic Introduction” (Cambridge University Press).

For more information contact: Tim Green, 512-232-6391.