The Gordon J. Laing Award is conferred annually, by the University of Chicago's Board of University Publications, on the faculty author, editor, or translator whose book has brought the greatest distinction to the list of the University of Chicago Press. The first award was given in 1963 and the 49th and most recent award was given on April 18, 2012 to Adrian Johns, the Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

The award is named in honor of the scholar who, serving as general editor of the Press from 1909 until 1940, firmly established the character and reputation of the Press as the premier academic publisher in the United States.

The award is presented each April at a ceremony at the Quadrangle Club (University of Chicago).

Recipients of the Gordon J. Laing Award

Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought

Opera and Sovereignty: Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy

Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age

Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera

What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images

A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature

  • 2004 Jonathan Hall

Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture

The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe

Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship

The Passing of an Illusion: The idea of Communism in the Twentieth Century

England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism

Thinking Biblically: Exegetical and Hermeneutical Studies

Modern American Religion (in three volumes)

How "Natives" Think: About Captain Cook, For Example

Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation

The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States

Hand and Mind: What Gestures Reveal About Thought

The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change?

On Revelation and Revolution, Volume 1: Christianity, Colonialism, and Consciousness in South Africa

Modernity on Endless Trial

The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins

Truth and Beauty

Herodotus: The History (translation)

The Founders' Constitution (in five volumes)

A History of Religious Ideas (in three volumes)

Time and Narrative, Volume 1

Slavery in Russia, 1450-1725

The Journey to the West (in four volumes)

Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, Volume 1: Theology and Ethics

Critical Understanding: The Powers and Limits of Pluralism

The Last Half Century: Societal Change and Politics in America

Reason and Morality

Evolution and the Genetics of Populations, Volume 3: Experimental Results and Evolutionary Deductions

Culture and Practical Reason

Condorcet: From Natural Philosophy to Social Mathematics

Florence in the Forgotten Centuries, 1527–1800: A History of Florence and the Florentines in the Age of the Grand Dukes

Some Words of Jane Austen

The Intellectuals and the Powers

The Notebooks of Dostoevsky (in five volumes)

The Origins of Statecraft in China, Volume 1: The Western Chou Empire

The Social Order of the Slum: Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City

Music, the Arts, and Ideas: Patterns and Prediction in Twentieth-Century Culture

  • 1968 Philip Foster

Education and Social Change in Ghana

Asia in the Making of Europe, Volume 1, Books 1 and 2

Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization

America’s Failure in China, 1941-1950

The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community

A History of Literary Criticism in the Italian Renaissance

External links

University of Chicago

University of Chicago Press

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