Soper's study of associational life in nineteenth-century Italy, Building a Civil Society, was published last fall by the University of Toronto Press. It won the American Association of Italian Studies 2014 prize for the best book on 18th- or 19th-century Italy, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies 2014 Marraro prize for the best book on the history of Italy. He is currently working on a second book project, concerning political prisoners in southern Italy on the eve of Italian unification.
University of Georgia, Franklin College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015.
J. Howard Hatten III teaching award, University of Georgia Honors Program, 2014