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Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

The deadline for the 2017 award has passed. Information on the 2018 award will be available summer 2017.


Roy RosenzweigThe OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history. Beginning in 2008, the award is named in memory of Roy Rosenzweig, who was the Mark and Barbara Fried Chair and founding director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Rosenzweig, a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, was actively involved in OAH for more than fifteen years, serving on its nominating board, program committees, executive board, and was an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. In 2011, George Mason University renamed the Center for History and New Media to honor his memory. Rosenzweig passed away in 2007 at the age of 57.

Those eligible for this award include scholars, teachers, writers, public historians and officeholders who have shaped or deepened our sensitivity to the past.

The selection committee is composed of the four outgoing Executive Board members. Any member of the OAH can submit a nomination, either by letter to the Organization’s Executive Director, or via comment at the end of the OAH ballot. All nominations submitted will be considered by the selection committee, along with other nominations generated by the committee. Nominations will remain active for three years.

Please indicate “2017 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight PST on October 3, 2016 to distinguishedserviceaward@oah.org.

The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9.

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award Committee

Patty Limerick, Center of the American West (Committee Chair)
James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University
Barbara Clark Smith, National Museum of American History


List of Past Winners