DPIR’S Amia Srinivasan wins top book prize for The Right to Sex

Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Soul’s College Amia Srinivasan has won the Royal Institute of Philosophy’s 2023 Nayef Al-Rodhan Book Prize for her book The Right To Sex.

Published in 2021, the book is a groundbreaking exploration of the politics of sex and was an instant Sunday Times bestseller upon its release and named Blackwell’s best book of 2021. It was also shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2022.

The annual Nayef Al-Rodhan Book Prize aims to reward the most original philosophical research that cuts across academic disciplines. Judges selected five books from over 100 submissions worldwide to be shortlisted.

Commenting on prize-winning The Right to Sex, judging panel chair Professor Constantine Sandis remarked: ‘[it is] ….an extraordinary book that transcends disciplinary barriers. The author encourages readers to think with her through fundamental questions about gender, class, race, and power that are of utmost significance to the understanding of human behaviours. Every person in the world should read this brilliant book as soon as they can.’

Professor Srinivasan was also recently in the news after being awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize, which recognise researchers at an early stage of their career whose work has had a significant international impact.

I'm surprised and deeply grateful to have been awarded the Al-Rodhan prize. To have my book recognised by a group of wonderful and brilliant philosophers means an enormous amount to me."

Professor Amia Srinivasan