The Thomas Robbins Awards for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements was established in 2002 by the late Thomas Robbins to recognize outstanding articles published in Nova Religio. Robbins was among the founders of the field of new religious movement studies, and took a keen interest in mentoring and supporting younger scholars. Prizewinners are selected by board members of the Association for the Academic Study of New Religions from articles appearing in each volume of the journal. All published articles are automatically entered into the competition. The Robbins Awards are presented annually for the two best articles in the previous volume of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. Awards are announced in November at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion at the Nova Religio reception. Notifications of the awards are also published in the third issue of each volume, generally published in February.
Volume 6 (1st annual award): First Prize: David Cook, “Suicide Attacks or ‘Martyrdom Operations’ in Contemporary Jihad Literature.” Second Prize: David Ownby, “A History for Falun Gong: Popular Religion and the Chinese State since the Ming Dynasty.”
THE HELEN CROVETTO AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE STUDY OF NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS WITH TIES TO SOUTH ASIA
In 2010 Helen Crovetto established the Award for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements with Ties to South Asia to encourage research and articles on new religions that originated in South Asia, as well as on new religious movements that were inspired in part or whole by religions from South Asia. Relevant articles published in a volume of Nova Religio are judged by four members of the editorial board with expertise in South Asian religions.
First Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 14
Scott Lowe, “Transcendental Meditation, Vedic Science, and Science”
Second Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 15
Andrea R. Jain, “The Dual-Ideal of the Ascetic and Healthy Body: The Jain Terapanth and Modern Yoga in the Context of Late Capitalism”
Third Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 17
Phillip Charles Lucas, “Non-traditional Modern Advaita Gurus in the West and Their Traditional Modern Advaita Critics”
Fourth Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 19
Peter Heehs, "Sri Aurobindo and his Ashram, 1910–2010: An Unfinished History"
Fifth Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 21
Nicole Karapanagiotis, "Of Digital Images and Digital Media: Approaches to Marketing in American ISKCON"
Sixth Award for an Article Appearing in Volume 22
Jeff Wilson, “Blasphemy as Bhavana: Anti-Christianity in a New Buddhist Movement”