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Organization of American Historians (OAH) James A. Rawley 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 James A. Rawley Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States. The prize is given in memory of Professor James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

The award 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 James A. Rawley 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 James A. Rawley 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.

James A. Rawley Prize Committee

Sarah J. Deutsch (Committee Chair)
Department of History
Duke University
226 Carr Building
Box 90719
Durham NC 27708-0719

James F. Brooks 
Professor of Anthropology and History
University of California
Department of History/HASC
4001 HSSB
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9670

Ernesto Chávez
Visiting Scholar
Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA 90095-1544
[Affiliation: University of Texas at El Paso]


List of Past Winners