Past Shortlists and Winners

Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

Covers of Becoming Ms. Burton, All in a Day's Work, An American Summer and No Place on the Corner


  • Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House)
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton (The New Press) — WINNER
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France (A.A. Knopf)
  • Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard Reeves (Brookings Institute Press)
  • No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers (Hachette)


  • Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen (Harper)
  • In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers by Bernice Yeung (The New Press) — WINNER
  • Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg (Crown)
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration, by Greg Berman and Julian Adler (The New Press)


  • An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz (Nan A. Talese) — WINNER
  • No Place on the Corner: The Costs of Aggressive Policing by Jan Haldipur (NYU Press) — WINNER
  • Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair by Danielle Sered (The New Press)
  • Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World by Shannon Watts (HarperOne)
  • Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns by Igor Volsky (The New Press)
  • Think Black by Clyde Ford (HarperCollins)