The HSA awards the Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize and the Mark Pittaway Article Prize in alternating years. Recent winners are listed below.

The 2021 Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize

Sponsored by the Hungarian Studies Association, the goal of the book prize is to recognize and support quality scholarship in Hungarian studies. 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 2021 competition, the published copyright date should be 2019 or 2020).
  • 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.


To nominate a book, please send an email directly to the Committee Chair, Katalin Cseh-Varga at

Self-nominations are also welcome. Please send one copy of the nominated monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below). Preference is given to the hard copy, but the Committee members also welcome a PDF or other digital formats of the publication.

Nominations must be received no later than June 15, 2021.

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:

Katalin Cseh-Varga, Humboldt University Berlin (Committee Chair)
Mikoviny utca 23/1.
9400 Sopron

Judith Szapor, McGill University
5385 Rue Hutchison
Montreal QC
H2V 4B4 Canada

Borbala Zsuzsanna Török, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)
47057 Duisburg

Past Winners of the Hungarian Studies Association Book Prize

2019: David Frey, Jews, Nazis, and the Cinema of Hungary: The Tragedy of Success, 1929-44 (London/New York: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2018).

2019: John Swanson, Tangible Belonging: Negotiating Germanness in Twentieth-Century Hungary (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

2017: Mary Gluck, The Invisible Jewish Budapest: Metropolitan Culture at the Fin de Siècle (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2016)

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).

2013: Mark Pittaway, The Workers’ State: Industrial Labor and the Making of
Socialist Hungary, 1944-1958 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

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

2018: Gábor Egry, “Unholy Alliances? Language Exams, Loyalty, and Identification in Interwar Romania,” Slavic Review 76, no. 4 (Winter 2017): 959-982.

2018: Martha Lampland and Maya Nadkarni, “‘What Happened to Jokes?’: The Shifting Landscape of Humor in Hungary,” East European Politics & Societies and Cultures 30 (2): 449-471.

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.