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The Gordon J. Laing Award

The University of Chicago Press presents the The Gordon J. Laing Award annually to the University of Chicago faculty author, editor, or translator of a book published in the previous three years that brings the Press the greatest distinction.


Authoritarian Apprehensions

Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria

Lisa Wedeen | 2022

The Republic of Color

Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America

Michael Rossi | 2021

Ghosts in the Schoolyard

Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side

Eve L. Ewing | 2020

Tough Enough

Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil

Deborah Nelson | 2019

Down, Out, and Under Arrest

Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

Forrest Stuart | 2018

Neighboring Faiths

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today

David Nirenberg | 2017

House of Debt

How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again

Atif Mian and Amir Sufi | 2016

I Speak of the City

Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo | 2015


Fragments of a Modern History

Alison Winter | 2014

Political Epistemics

The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Andreas Glaeser | 2013


The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

Adrian Johns | 2012

The Tragic Sense of Life

Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought

Robert J. Richards | 2011

Opera and Sovereignty

Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy

Martha Feldman | 2010

Against Prediction

Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age

Bernard E. Harcourt | 2009

Divas and Scholars

Performing Italian Opera

Philip Gossett | 2008

What Do Pictures Want?

The Lives and Loves of Images

W. J. T. Mitchell | 2006

A Sense of Things

The Object Matter of American Literature

Bill Brown | 2005


Between Ethnicity and Culture

Jonathan M. Hall | 2004

The Romantic Conception of Life

Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe

Robert J. Richards | 2003

Theorizing Myth

Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship

Bruce Lincoln | 2002

The Passing of an Illusion

The Idea of Communism in the Twentieth Century

François Furet | 2001

England in 1819

The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism

James Chandler | 2000

Thinking Biblically

Exegetical and Hermeneutical Studies

André LaCocque and Paul Ricoeur | 1999

Modern American Religion, Volume 1

The Irony of It All, 1893-1919

Martin E. Marty | 1998

How "Natives" Think

About Captain Cook, For Example

Marshall Sahlins | 1997

Picture Theory

Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation

W. J. T. Mitchell | 1996

The Social Organization of Sexuality

Sexual Practices in the United States

Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels | 1995

Hand and Mind

What Gestures Reveal about Thought

David McNeill | 1994

The Hollow Hope

Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition

Gerald N. Rosenberg | 1993

Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 1

Christianity, Colonialism, and Consciousness in South Africa

Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff | 1992

Modernity on Endless Trial

Leszek Kolakowski | 1991

The Human Career

Human Biological and Cultural Origins, Third Edition

Richard G. Klein | 1990

Truth and Beauty

Aesthetics and Motivations in Science

S. Chandrasekhar | 1989

The History

Herodotus | 1988

The Founders’ Constitution

Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner | 1987

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1

From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries

Mircea Eliade | 1986

Time and Narrative, Volume 1

Paul Ricoeur | 1985

Slavery in Russia, 1450–1725

Richard Hellie | 1984

The Journey to the West, Revised Edition, Volume 1

Translated and Edited by Anthony C. Yu | 1983

Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, Volume 1

Theology and Ethics

James M. Gustafson | 1982

Critical Understanding

The Powers and Limits of Pluralism

Wayne C. Booth | 1981

The Last Half-Century

Societal Change and Politics in America

Morris Janowitz | 1980

Reason and Morality

Alan Gewirth | 1979

Evolution and the Genetics of Populations, Volume 1

Genetic and Biometric Foundations

Sewall Wright | 1978

Culture and Practical Reason

Marshall Sahlins | 1977


From Natural Philosophy to Social Mathematics

Keith Michael Baker | 1976

Florence in the Forgotten Centuries, 1527-1800

A History of Florence and the Florentines in the Age of the Grand Dukes

Eric Cochrane | 1975

Some Words of Jane Austen

Stuart M. Tave | 1974

The Intellectuals and the Powers

Edward Shils | 1973

The Notebooks of Dostoevsky. In Five Volumes

Edward Wasiolek | 1972

The Origins of Statecraft in China, Volume 1

The Western Chou Empire

Herrlee G. Creel | 1971

The Social Order of the Slum

Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City

Gerald D. Suttles | 1970

Music, the Arts, and Ideas

Patterns and Predictions in Twentieth-Century Culture

Leonard B. Meyer | 1969

Education and Social Change in Ghana

Philip Foster | 1968

Asia in the Making of Europe, Volume I

The Century of Discovery. Book 1.

Donald F. Lach | 1967

Ancient Mesopotamia

Portrait of a Dead Civilization

A. Leo Oppenheim | 1966

America’s Failure in China, 1941–1950

Tang Tso | 1965

The Rise of the West

A History of the Human Community

William H. McNeill | 1964

A History of Literary Criticism in the Italian Renaissance

Bernard Weinberg | 1963

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