Six Scholars Win the Inaugural Minority-Serving Institution Virtual Book Workshop Award

On topics ranging from Black feminist thought to housing justice in New York City to transnational social movements, six scholars have been selected for the MSI Virtual Book Workshop award. A review board selected the awardees from a pool of many highly qualified applicants. The virtual book workshops will be held in June and July of 2022.

The 2022 awardees are:

After hearing of the award, Dr. Tormos Aponte said:

“I would not be writing this book without this support.” Dr. Greenwald shared: “I first traveled to Palestine in 2011, following my first year in graduate school. It has taken many of the ensuing years for me to feel confident enough to write a book about the place. Gaining feedback from senior scholars in the field is exactly what I need to push this manuscript to completion.”

And, Dr. Yarish said:

“As a first-generation college student and professor at an HBCU that serves as the only public university in and for the nation’s capital, I am deeply honored to receive this opportunity.”

The goal of the MSI Virtual Book Workshop Project is to help scholars of politics at MSIs publish great books. Workshops of expert reviewers give authors extensive feedback to improve a completed manuscript as well as insights into the publication process. Unfortunately, workshops have been too expensive for many scholars to benefit from, especially at MSIs.

Professor Niambi Carter (Howard University) and Heath Brown (John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY) have partnered to address this problem and open a new opportunity for a more diverse array of scholars to benefit from the insights and advice of experts in their field.

Professor Niambi Carter (Howard University) and Heath Brown (John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY)

Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Howard University said:

“The virtual book workshop fund represents an opportunity to bring political science scholars of HBCUs and other MSIs additional resources needed to continue publishing seminal scholarship that addresses the lived conditions of marginalized communities thereby increasing our body of knowledge while also creating a more expansive vision of our discipline.”

John Jay College President Karol Mason said:

“As a Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution committed to diversity, equity, and justice, we are thrilled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to partner with Howard University to support political scientists nation-wide. We hope this innovative virtual book workshop project will serve as a model for how to retain faculty at HBCUs and MSIs and address inequities in scholarly book publishing.”

With generous support from five leading academic publishers Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, New York University Press, Oxford University Press, and Princeton University Press, as well as APSA, scholars with completed book manuscripts applied for funding to support these workshops in January. Upon hearing the news of the awards, Christine Henry of Princeton University Press wrote: “Each of these projects and authors is so compelling, as is this initiative.”

Applications will be accepted for next year’s awards starting in September. See: