Edwards Book Award Longlist Announced

The Rodel Institute is delighted to announce the longlist finalists for its inaugural Edwards Book Award. The Edwards Book Award is an annual prize recognizing books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding and practice of democracy and American politics. The prize carries an honorarium of $10,000. The winning book is chosen by a committee that includes past Rodel Fellows and outside academic advisors. This year’s award committee is chaired by former Charlottesville, VA Mayor Mike Signer and former TN State Senator Jamie Woodson with former OH Senate President Larry Obhof and former Dallas School Board Member Miguel Solis serving as committee members. The committee’s academic advisors are Ian Solomon, Dean of UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and Jennifer Siegel, the Bruce R. Kuniholm Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. Rodel staff members John Kroger and Lizzy McCourt Noonan also serve as members of the award committee.

The award is named in honor of former congressman Mickey Edwards. Mickey has inspired generations of American public servants and students as a member of Congress; faculty member at Harvard, Princeton, and American Universities; author of highly respected books on the American political process; and founding executive director of the Rodel Fellowship, the nation’s premier bipartisan leadership development program for elected leaders.

The Rodel Institute received a large volume of excellent book nominations. The following nonfiction books published in 2022 were selected as longlist finalists. The shortlist will be released in July and the winner will be announced at the Rodel Fellowship Reunion in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2023.

2023 Longlist

Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments
University of Chicago Press
Sarah F. Anzia

The Founding of Modern States
Cambridge University Press
Richard F. Bensel

Liberalism and Its Discontents
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Francis Fukuyama

Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope
Columbia University Press
Michele Moody-Adams

Mississippi Zion: The Struggle for Liberation in Attala County, 1865-1915
University Press of Mississippi
Evan Howard Ashford

O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
W.W. Norton
Mark Clague

Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh
Yale University Press
Thomas S. Kidd

New Democracy: The Creation of the Modern American State
Harvard University Press
William J. Novak