Distinguished Book Award

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Purpose: To recognize the most outstanding book published by a SSSR member or members within the past two years.

Qualifications: A book may be nominated by its publisher, its author, or any other SSSR member deeming it to be of outstanding quality. Studies solely in the physical sciences tend to receive lower priority.

Criteria: The committee will judge each book's quality of scholarship, importance to the field, and relevance to the larger society. Any book involving some aspect of the scientific study of religion is eligible.

Award: The award will be presented at the annual meeting. It includes a plaque and $1000.

Procedure: The chair of the committee must be notified of the book's nomination by April 1, 2020 via the submission form.

Detailed instructions will be provided after the nomination form is submitted, but a copy of the book must be sent to each member of the committee by April 15, 2020. Mailing is the responsibility of the publisher and author.

Committee Members

Michael Emerson, Chair (Email)

Deborah Coe

Anna Sun