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Aronian Prize Winners

The Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies are awarded annually by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). Established in 2014 by the late Dr. Aronian and her husband Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs, there are two prizes: one for outstanding scholarly works in the English language in the field of Armenian Studies and the other for translations from Armenian into English. For more information about Dr. Sona Aronian and the Aronian Book Prize, click here.

2021 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monographs
Dr. Stephen Badalyan Riegg, Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 (Cornell University Press, 2020)
Dr. Marc David Baer, Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide (Indiana University Press, 2020)
Translation
Nareg Seferian for his translation of the novel Mayda (Մայտա) by Srpuhi Dussap (Սրբուհի Տիւսաբ) (Armenian International Women’s Association Press, 2020)

2020 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monograph
Dr. Houri Berberian for Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds (University of California Press, 2019)
Translation
Dr. Lou Ann Matossian, Dr. Vartan Matiossian, and the late Aris Sevag for the translation of Bedros Keljik’s Armenian-American Sketches (The Armenian Series of the Press at California State University, Fresno, 2019)

2019 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monographs
Dr. Tamar M. Boyadjian for The City Lament: Jerusalem Across the Medieval Mediterranean (Cornell University Press, 2018)
Dr. Jennifer M. Dixon for Dark Pasts: Changing the State’s Story in Turkey and Japan (Cornell University Press, 2018)
Translation
Prof. Peter Balakian and Aram Arkun for the translation of Krikor Balakian’s The Ruins of Ani (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

2018 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monograph
Dr. Tara Andrews, Matt'eos Urhayec'i and His Chronicle: History as Apocalypse in a Crossroads of Cultures (Brill: Medieval Mediterranean Series, 2017)

2017 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monograph
Dr. Stefan Ihrig, Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler (Harvard University Press, 2016)
Translation
Dr. Abraham Terian for his translation of The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek: Annotated Translation of the Odes, Litanies, and Encomia (Pueblo Books, 2016)

2016 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monograph
Dr. Christina Maranci for her monograph Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Brepols, 2015)

2015 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies
Monograph
Dr. Bedross Der Matossian for his book Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2014)
Translation
Jennifer Manoukian for her translation of The Gardens of Silihdar by Zabel Yessayan (Armenian International Women’s Association Press, 2014)