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Ellis W. Hawley Prize

The deadline for the 2015 prize has passed. Information on the next prize to be given in 2016 will be available summer 2015.


The Ellis W. Hawley Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book-length historical study of the political economy, politics, or institutions of the United States, in its domestic or international affairs, from the Civil War to the present. The prize honors Ellis W. Hawley, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Iowa, an outstanding historian of these subjects.

Eligible works shall include book-length historical studies, written in English. Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

The prize will be presented at the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16–19.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2015 Ellis W. Hawley Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions by October 1, 2014.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2015. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received no later than January 7, 2015. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee by February 2015. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation, where she or he will receive a cash award and a plaque.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

Frank Costigliola (Committee Chair)
Department of History
University of Connecticut
U-4103 241 Glenbrook Road
Storrs CT 06269-2103

Philip J. Ethington
Department of History
167 SOS Building
University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90089-0034

Jana K. Lipman
Department of History
Hebert Hall 115
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans LA 70118

Landon Storrs
Department of History
280 Schaeffer Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242-1409

Randall B. Woods
Department of History
Old Main Building 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville AR 72701-1201


List of Past Winners