Bela KornitizerThe Bela Kornitzer Award was established in 1992 by Alicia Karpati and her late husband, George Karpati, in honor of Bela Kornitzer, Mrs. Karpati’s brother.  The Award recognizes the achievements in Hungary and in the United States of Hungarian-born journalist and author Bela Kornitzer (1910-1964).  Recent non-fiction books published by Drew Faculty and Alumni are considered for the prize every two years.  In 2003, the endowment was increased to provide for separate Faculty and Alumni awards.  The award winners are traditionally announced at the biennial January Friends of the Library Gala.

Award Recipients



Professor Karen McCarthy Brown
Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn
University of California Press, 1991


Associate Professor of Sociology Caitlin Killian
North African Women in France:  Gender, Culture, and Identity Stanford University Press, 2006

Dr. Martin Foys, C’90
Virtually Anglo-Saxon:  Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print
University Press of Florida, 2007


Professor Janet Handler Burstein
Writing Mothers, Writing Daughters: Tracing the Maternal in Stories by American Jewish Women
University of Illinois Press, 1996


Professor Johannes Morsink
The University Declaration of Human Rights, Drafting and Intent
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999


Associate Professor of History Sharon Sundue
Industrious in Their Stations:  Young People at Work in Urban America, 1720-1820
University of Virginia Press, 2009

Dr. Robert McParland, CSGS ‘05
Charles Dickens’s American Audience
Rowman and Littlefield, 2010


Professor Jonathan Rose
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Yale University press, 2001


Professor Catherine Keller
Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming
Routledge Press, 2003

Dr. Brian Regal, GSGS Ph.D. ’01, MA ‘96
Henry Fairfield Osborn:  Race and the Search for the Origins of Man
Ashgate Press, 2002


Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History, Edward Baring
The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945-1968
Cambridge University Press, 2011

Dr. Linda E. Connors (C ’64)
National Identity in Great Britain and British North America, 1815-1851: The Role of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals
Ashgate, 2011 

Assistant Professor of History C. Wyatt Evans
The Legend of John Wilkes Booth:  Myth, Memory, and a Mummy
University of Kansas Press, 2004Dr. J. Storrs Hall, C’76
Nanofuture:  What’s  Next for Nanotechnology?
Prometheus Books, 2005
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Leslie A. Sprout
The Musical Legacy of Wartime France
(University of California Press, 2013)Christopher Klein C’94
Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero
 (Lyons Press, 2013)

Bela Kornitzer’s papers, books, and other archival materials are housed among the Drew University Library’s Special Collections.   See for an overview. To view a past exhibit of the author’s work, see