SSN Books Prize

The Surveillance Studies Network and Surveillance & Society award an annual book prize to a scholar who has published a book concerned with surveillance in the calendar year.

Books that are eligible must be:

  • ??Primarily concerned with surveillance
  • Published in the calendar year
  • Monographs, not edited collections
  • Original works in English (or newly translated into English)

Once the long list is compiled, a short-list is drawn up by the S&S Editors, and the judges will be chosen from the Advisory Board of Surveillance & Society, who will decide from the short-listed books.

Calls for nominations will be posted accordingly.


  • 2021 Sarah Brayne: Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing (Oxford UP), read more
  • 2020: Ronak K. Kapadia: Insurgent Aesthetics. Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War, Duke UP, 2019, read more
  • 2019: Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan: Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, Fernwood Press 2018, read more.
  • 2018: Josh Lauer: Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America, 2017, Columbia Univ. Press, 2017, read more

  • 2017: J. Macgregor Wise: Surveillance and Film. Bloomybury 2016
  • 2016: Simone Browne 2015. Dark matters: On the surveillance of blackness. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2015 (jointly awarded to two books)
    # William G. Staples, 2014. Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life.Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    # Michael McCahill and Rachel L. Finn. 2014. Surveillance, Capital and Resistance: Theorizing the Surveillance Subject. Routledge.

  • 2014: Oliver Leistert: From Protest to Surveillance: The Political Rationality of Mobile Media(Peter Lang).
  • 2013: Daniel Trottier: ‘Social Media as Surveillance’ (Ashgate, 2012).
  • 2012: Susan Landau: Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies, (MIT Press)
  • 2011: Torin Monahan: Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, (Rutgers University Press)