Linfield professor’s book wins several awards

Lissa WadewitzLissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, has received a pair of awards for her latest book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea.

The Nature of Borders, released in 2012, has received the John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History. It is awarded annually to “recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.” The Nature of Borders won in the category of “naval and maritime science and technology” for books published in 2012.

Wadewitz’s book has also won the Hal K. Rothman prize from the Western History Association. This award is given out once every two years to “the best book in western environmental history defined in its broadest sense.” The Nature of Borders won the award over all other entries from 2011 and 2012.

“I am thrilled that my book has resonated with other scholars,” says Wadewitz. “I am deeply honored to have been selected for these awards.”

The Nature of Borders, released via the University of Washington press, is about the decline of the Pacific Salmon runs due to a combination of greed, politics and the border between British Columbia and Washington State.