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Ellis W. Hawley Prize

The deadline for the 2018 prize has passed. Information on the 2019 prize will be available summer 2018.


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, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The prize will be presented at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2018 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 2, 2017.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 2, 2017 and before January 1, 2018. 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 8, 2018. (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 2018. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

Alan McPherson (Committee Chair)
Temple University
Department of History
1115 West Berks Street Room 918
Philadelphia PA 19122

Deborah Cohen
3943 Fairview Avenue
St. Louis MO 63116-3709
[Affiliation: University of Missouri-St. Louis]

Publishers and shippers should note that all customs clearance fees are the responsibility of the sender. Please take the appropriate action to ensure fees are paid for on foreign destinations. Committee members are not required to pay customs fees to receive award submissions. Failure to reach all committee members due to inadequate mailing could mean disqualification of your submission.
Gary Gerstle
University of Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College
Sidney Street
Cambridge CB2 3HU

Jonathan Levy
Harvard University
Center for History and Economics
CGIS South
1730 Cambridge Street, S-422
Cambridge MA 02138
[Affiliation: University of Chicago]

Lisa McGirr
Harvard University
Department of History
201 Robinson Hall
Cambridge MA 02138


List of Past Winners