Rollins Book Award

Submissions for the 2024 Peter C. Rollins Book Award are now being accepted!

Visit our Rollins Award instructions page for more information about submitting a volume or volumes for consideration.

Rollins Book Award Winner 2023

Through this award, we honor Peter C. Rollins, for whom the prize is named, and his contributions to the field of film and history and his service to the Southwest Popular and American Culture Association. At the same time, we recognize leaders of emergent trends and innovative scholarship in the fields of popular and American culture.

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association is honored to present Peyton Brunet and Blair Davis with the 2023 Peter C. Rollins Book Award for Comic Book Women: Characters, Creators, and Culture in the Golden Age published in 2022 by the University of Texas Press.


The Southwest Popular and American Culture Association is grateful to our panel of judges, Dr. Hugh Foley, Dr. Robert G. Weiner, and Dr. Alison Macor, for their thoughtful evaluation of the many excellent volumes submitted for consideration.

Past Winners:

2022: Popular Culture

Vitagraph: America’s First Great Motion Picture Studio
University Press of Kentucky, 2021


2021: Popular Culture

Ecco/HarperCollins Press, 2020


2020: Film/Television

Sydney Ladensohn Stern
The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics
University of Mississippi Press, 2019

2019: Film/Television

Tino Balio
Routledge, 2018

2018: Film/Television

David Bordwell
Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling
University of Chicago Press, 2017

2017: Film/Television

Julia Lee
Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals
University of Minnesota Press, 2015


2016: Film/Television

K.J. Donnelly
Magical Musical Tour: Rock and Pop in Film Soundtracks
Bloomsbury Academic, 2015


2016: Popular Culture

Stacy B. Schaefer
Amada’s Blessings from the Peyote Gardens of  South Texas
University of New Mexico Press, 2015


2016: Honorable Mention

Stefan Banz
Eilshemius: Peer of Poet-Painters
JRP/Ringier, 2015


2015: Film/Television

Giorgio Bertellini, ed.
Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader
John Libbey Publishing, 2013

2015: Popular Culture

Gary S. Cross & Robert N. Proctor
Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire
University of Chicago Press, 2014

2015: Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies

Katherine Roeder
Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay
University Press of Mississippi, 2014

HipHopOnFilm_Monteyne2014: Film/Television

Kimberley Monteyne
Hip Hop on Film: Performance Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s
University Press of Mississippi

Women&WhiteHouse_Vaughn&Goren-web2014: Popular Culture

Justin S. Vaughn and Lilly J. Goren
Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics
University Press of Kentucky

CrockettJohnson&RuthKrauss_Nel-web2014: Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies

Philip Nel
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature
University Press of Mississippi

indie-inc-20132013: Film/Television

Alissa Perren
Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s
U of Texas P, 2012

steaming-20132013: Popular Culture

Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller
Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology
Scarecrow P, 2012

Criticial-approaches-20132013: Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies

Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan
Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods
Routledge, 2011


Øyvind Vågnes
Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture
U of Texas P, 2011


Alison Macor
Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas
U of Texas P, 2010


Jeet Heer and Kent Worchester, eds.
A Comics Studies Reader
UP of Mississippi, 2009


Adilifu Nama
Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film
U of Texas P, 2008


Katie Mills
The Road Story and the Rebel: Moving Through Film, Fiction, and Television
Southern Illinois UP, 2006


M. Elise Marubbio
Killing the Indian Maiden: Images of Native American Women in Film
UP of Kentucky, 2006


Wheeler Winston Dixon
Lost in the Fifties: Recovering Phantom Hollywood
Southern Illinois UP, 2005