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Ellis W. Hawley Prize

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


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, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

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

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2017 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 3, 2016.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 3, 2016 and before January 1, 2017. 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 9, 2017. (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 2017. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

Sarah Bridger (Committee Chair)
Department of History
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo CA 93407

Brian E. Birdnow
10207 Toelle Lane
St. Louis MO 63137-3342
[Affiliation: Lindenwood University]

Colin Gordon
Department of History
280 Schaeffer Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242

Sara Rzeszutek Haviland
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights NY 11201

Kenneth Lipartito
Department of History
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami FL 33199


List of Past Winners