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Drew University Announces Winners of 2022 Bela Kornitzer Award for Nonfiction

Alum Brigitte Fielder G’04 and professor Jinee Lokaneeta recognized for their recent books

July 2022 – Drew University has announced the alumni and faculty winners of the 2022 Bela Kornitzer Award for Nonfiction.

Brigitte Fielder G’04 received the award for her work, Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kingship in Nineteenth-Centry America (Duke University Press, 2020). Fielder is currently an associate professor in the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Jinee Lokaneeta, professor of political science and international relations, received the faculty award for her book, The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India (University Michigan Press, 2020). The book also received the C. Herman Pritchett Award in 2021.

The 2022 awardees were chosen from a robust field of nominations for books published between 2020 and 2022 and each receive a $2,000 prize.

The nominations were reviewed by a panel of Drew faculty and staff, including two previous winners, Jonathan Rose, Drew’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, and Leslie Sprout, Professor of Music, as well as Guy Dobson, interim director of the Drew University Library and director of technical services, and Jesse Mann, Drew Theological School Librarian.

The Bela Kornitzer Award was established by Alicia Karpati and George Karpati, in honor of Bela Kornitzer, Mrs. Karpati’s brother. The award recognizes the achievements of Hungarian-born journalist and author Bela Kornitzer (1910-1964). Mr. Kornitzer’s archives are housed in the Drew University Library.

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