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 2017 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 but by no more than two authors.
  • The copyright date must be either one or two years preceding the award year, i.e., for the 2017 competition, the published copyright date should be 2015 or 2016.
  • Textbooks, edited volumes, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
  • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English.
  • Monographs that have received other prizes are eligible.
  • Preference may 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). The Committee happily accepts either PDF or physical copies of books under consideration, which can be sent by email to the members directly. Nominations must be received no later than August 15, 2017.

Both email and regular post submissions should be clearly marked as: “Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize Nomination.”


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

Katalin Fabian (Chair), Lafayette College, Department of Government and Law

103 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights

716 Sullivan Trail

Lafayette College

Easton, PA 18041 USA


Karl Brown, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

156 N. Fremont St

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,

Whitewater, WI 53190


Jeffrey Pennington, University of California, Berkeley


260 Stephens Hall # 2304

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-2304


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.