The Society for Albanian Studies awards two prizes.

The Stavro Skendi Book Prize

The Stavro Skendi Book Prize for Achievement in Albanian Studies is presented every year to the best book making a contribution to, and advancing research in Albanian Studies.

Albanian Studies is a broadly defined field of study which includes original-scholarly work which furthers understanding of Albanian societies across geo-political borders, time periods, and disciplinary confines. The Prize Committee considers single-case studies, original research, comparative research, and any theoretical and empirical contributions pertinent to the area of Albanian Studies. Nominated books must be in English. They must have been published within three years prior to the year of the award. Books may be nominated by the author or other scholars.

Prize winners:

2021. Atdhe Hetemi, Student Movements for the Republic of Kosovo: 1968,1981, and 1997 (Springer, 2020)

2020. Smoki Musaraj, Tales from Albarado: Ponzi Logics of Accumulation in Postsocialist Albania (Cornell University Press, 2020)

2019. Michael L. Galaty, Memory and Nation Building: From Ancient Times to the Islamic State (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018)

2018. Elidor Mehilli, From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World (Cornell University Press, 2017)

2017. Eckehard Pistrick, Performing Nostalgia: Migration Culture and Creativity in South Albania (Ashgate, 2015)

The Arshi Pipa Best Graduate Student Paper Award

The Arshi Pipa Award recognizes significant and important original research made by a Graduate Student Member that advances the field of Albanian Studies regardless of academic discipline.

Prize winners:

2021. Kailey Rocker, “Building a National Monument for the Victims of Albania’s Socialist Period”

2020. Arbër Jashari, “Tradition, Affect, Ethics: A View of Kosova’s Movement of Non-violent Resistance in the 1990s”

2019. Eneos Çarka, “East-West-East: When the Ship Comes In”

2018. Raino Isto, “The Dictator Visits the Studio: The Vlora Independence Monument and the Politics of Socialist Albanian Sculpture, 1962–1972″

2017. Fjolla Kondirolli, “Determinants of Early Childhood Development in Kosovo”