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Ellis W. Hawley Prize

The deadline for the 2016 prize has passed. Information on the 2017 prize will be available summer 2016.


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, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

The prize will be presented at the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7–10.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 Ellis W. Hawley Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2015.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2015 and before January 1, 2016. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by committee members and postmarked no later than January 7, 2016. (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 2016. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

Jeff Broadwater (Committee Chair)
Department of History
Box 5000
Barton College
704-A College Street
Wilson NC 27893

Alice O'Connor
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9410

Zachary M. Schrag
Department of History and Art History
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax VA 22030-4444

John R. Thelin
1745 Richmond Road
Lexington KY 40502-1621
[Affiliation: University of Kentucky]

William Thomas III
612 Oldfather Hall
Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE 68588


List of Past Winners