Haiman Award to UA Press book/Ala. author Steven P. Brown
- For immediate release
January 4, 2006
AUBURN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR WINS BOOK AWARD
Second Year in a Row the Honor Goes to Book Published by The University
of Alabama Press
TUSCALOOSA, AL-Steven P. Brown, an assistant professor of political
science at Auburn University, was recently awarded the Franklyn S.
Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression by
the Naitonal Communications Association.
The Haiman Award is given annually to the author of published research
on freedom of expression, broadly defined. This year, Brown received the
award for his book Trumping Religion: The New Christian Right, the Free
Speech Clause, and the Courts, published by The University of Alabama
Press in 2002, and reissued in paperback in 2004.
The selection committee for the award consisted Susan Mallon Ross,
University of Southern Mississippi; Bernardo Attias, California State
University, Northridge; and David Park, Lake Forest College. In their
description of the book, the committee observes that Trumping Religion
"provides a detailed scholarly treatment of a significant factor in the
so-called culture wars in the theater of constitutional law.
Specifically [the work] assesses 'New Christian Right's' entry into
public interest law with a two-fold mission of protecting religious
expression both as a legal right and as a 'Gospel tool' (a means to
fulfill the 'Great Commission' to spread the Gospel)." They went on to
praise it's "extended treatment of important topics" and
Previous reviews of the book have also been positive. The journal Review
of Politics opined that the book "is a springboard to further study into
the ways religious beliefs and values shape and are shaped by the
politics of law." And Choice magazine observed that "Brown makes a
substantial contribution in his analysis of the New Christian Right's
legal activities, a subject about which much is heard but little known."
Professor Brown received the award at a November ceremony held during
the National Communication Association's 91st annual convention in
Boston, Massachusetts. It marked the second year in a row that a book
published by The University of Alabama Press received the honor. In 2004
the Haiman Award was presented to Richard A. Parker of Northern Arizona
University for his book Free Speech on Trial: Communication Perspectives
on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions, published by the University of
Alabama Press in 2003.
The University of Alabama Press is one of the fastest-growing publishers
in the South. In addition to its respected lists in archaeology,
military history, Judaic studies, literary criticism, communication,
sports, Civil Rights, religion, southern history, and regional topics,
it is the publisher of the national trade imprint Fire Ant Books. These
"books with bite" feature compelling stories aimed at a broad audience;
concentrating on southern culture and history, and including both
original works and reprint editions, they represent some of the finest
work published by university presses today. The Press celebrated its
sixtieth anniversary in 2005.
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