The HSA awards the Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize and the Mark Pittaway Article Prize in alternating years. Recent winners are listed below; we will update the list of past winners soon.

The 2019 Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize

Sponsored by the Hungarian Studies Association, the goal of the book prize is to recognize quality scholarship in Hungarian studies and support Hungarian studies in the United States. The book prize is awarded biennially for the most important contribution to Hungarian studies originally published in English in the previous two calendar years. The HSA Book Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the meeting of the Hungarian Studies Association at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.



Rules of eligibility for the Hungarian Studies Association book prize competition are as follows:

  • The competition is open to works in any discipline, dealing with any aspect of Hungarian studies.
  • The book must be a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors.
  • It must bear a copyright date of either one or two years preceding the award year (for the 2019 competition, the published copyright date should be 2017 or 2018).
  • Textbooks, collections, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
  • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English.
  • Books that have received other prizes are eligible.
  • Strong preference will be given to works by first-time authors and junior scholars early in their careers



Please send one copy of the nominated monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below). Nominations must be received no later than June 15, 2019.

Submissions should be clearly marked “Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize Nomination” and should also include the author’s contact information.



The winner of the Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize will be chosen by the following scholars:

Jeffrey Pennington, University of California, Berkeley; Committee Chair
(mailing address)
Jeffrey Pennington
260 Stephens Hall # 2304
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2304

Robert Nemes, Colgate University
(mailing address)
Robert Nemes
History Department
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Alexander Vari, Marywood University
(mailing address)
Dr. Alexander Vari
Department of Social Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Marywood University
2300 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA 18509


Past Winners of the Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize

2015: Krisztina Fehérváry, Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013).
Honorable mention: David Boromisza-Habashi, Speaking Hatefully : Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary, (Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, 2013).

2010: Holly Case, Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during World War II (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2009).

Past Winners of the Mark Pittaway Article Prize

2016: James Mark and Péter Apor, “Socialism Goes Global: Decolonization and the Making of a New Culture of Internationalism in Socialist Hungary, 1956–1989,” The Journal of Modern History 87, no. 4 (2015): 852-891.

Honorable mention: Ferenc Laczó, “The Foundational Dilemmas of Jenő Lévai: On the Birth of Hungarian Holocaust Historiography in the 1940s,” Holocaust Studies  21, nos. 1-2 (2015): 93-119.

2014: Beth Greene, “Selling market socialism: Hungary in the 1960s.” Slavic Review 73.1 (2014): 108-132.
2014: Leslie Waters, “Learning and Unlearning Nationality: Hungarian education in re-annexed Felvidék, 1938-1944,” Hungarian Historical Review, 2, no. 3 (2013): 538-565.

2011: Jessica Allina-Pisano, “From Iron Curtain to Golden Curtain: Remaking Identity in the European Union Borderlands,” East European Politics and Societies, 23, no. 2 (2009): 266-290.

2009: Steven Jobbitt,”Remembering Szatmár, Remembering Himself: The Geography of Memory and Identity in Ferenc Fodor’s ‘Szatmár földje, Szatmár népe, Szatmárélete,'” Hungarian Studies Review, 36, nos. 1-2 (2009): 15-38.