April 29, 2015

The Organization of American Historians presented 27 awards, prizes, fellowships, grants, and honorable mentions to 55 historians, graduate students, and organizations Saturday, April 18 at the America’s Center in St. Louis.

OAH recognizes outstanding professional achievements in the field of American history during its annual meetings. Awards were presented by Jon Butler, OAH’s 2015-16 president. Butler’s term took effect on April 18 immediately following OAH’s annual business meeting.

  • MARY JURICH NICKLISS PRIZE IN U.S. WOMEN’S AND/OR GENDER HISTORY
    Most original book. First year award was presented.
    *NOTE: The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting was the first time this prize has been awarded. Alexandra Nickliss, benefactor, presented the prize to the inaugural recipient.
    The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898
    Lisa Marguerite Tetrault, associate professor of history, Carnegie Mellon University
  • STANTON-HORTON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HISTORY
    Promoting civic dialogue about and appreciation for American history
    *NOTE: The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting was the first time this award has been presented.
    National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, National Park Service
    Diane Miller, project directorHonorable mention:
    Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, Visitor Education Center
    Lynne Nakata, project director
  • ROY ROSENZWEIG DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
    Contributions that enrich understanding of and appreciation for American history
    Thomas Bender, university professor of the humanities, New York University
    The late Michael B. Katz, Walter H. Annenberg professor of history, University of Pennsylvania
  • FRIEND OF HISTORY AWARD
    Outstanding support of historical research, public presentations on American history, or the work of OAH
    Colin G. Campbell, chairman emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • FREDERICK JACKSON TURNER AWARD
    Author of a first scholarly book on an aspect of American history
    A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life
    Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history, Stanford University
  • Honorable mentions:
    The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature
    Jamie Cohen-Cole, assistant professor of American studies, George Washington UniversityRace Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack
    Katherine C. Mooney, assistant professor of history, Florida State University

    Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy
    Kyle G. Volk, associate professor of American history and director of undergraduate studies,
    University of Montana

  • LAWRENCE W. LEVINE AWARD
    Author of the best book on American cultural history
    A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life
    Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history, Stanford University
  • MERLE CURTI AWARDS
    Best book published in American intellectual history
    Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy
    Kyle G. Volk, associate professor of American history and director of undergraduate studies,
    University of MontanaBest book published in American social history
    Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston
    Cornelia H. Dayton, associate professor of history, University of Connecticut
    Sharon V. Salinger, dean and professor of history, University of California Irvine
  • RAY ALLEN BILLINGTON PRIZE
    Best book about American frontier history
    Trees in Paradise: A California History
    Jared Farmer, associate professor of history, Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • AVERY O. CRAVEN AWARD
    Most original book about the pre- and post-Civil War era
    The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
    Edward E. Baptist, associate professor of history, Cornell University
  • JAMES A. RAWLEY PRIZE
    Best book about the history of U.S. race relations
    Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era
    Daniel Berger, assistant professor, University of Washington, Bothell
  • WILLI PAUL ADAMS AWARD
    Awarded every two years for best book on American history published in a foreign language
    Governing through the Family: Fatherhood and Families in American History since 1770
    Jürgen Martschukat, professor of history, Erfurt University
  • ELLIS W. HAWLEY PRIZE
    Best book-length historical study of American politics, economics, or institutions from the
    Civil War to present
    The Invaded: How Latin Americans and Their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations
    Alan McPherson, University of Oklahoma
  • LIBERTY LEGACY FOUNDATION AWARD
    Best book on civil rights struggles from U.S. beginnings to present
    A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida
    N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
  • DARLENE CLARK HINE AWARD
    Best book on African American women’s and gender history
    Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis
    Karsonya Wise Whitehead, assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies, Loyola University Maryland
  • DAVID MONTGOMERY AWARD
    Best book on American labor and working-class history in partnership with Labor and
    Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)
    Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood
    Chantal Norrgard, author and independent scholar
    Honorable mention: With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime EmpireBrian Rouleau, assistant professor of history, Texas A&M University
  • LERNER-SCOTT PRIZE
    Best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history
    “Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South”
    Jessica Wilkerson, assistant professor of history and Southern studies, University of Mississippi
    (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

    Honorable mention:
    “‘For the Freedom of the Race’: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945”
    Keisha N. Blain, Pennsylvania State University
    (Princeton University)

  • LOUIS PELZER MEMORIAL AWARD
    Best essay on American history by a graduate student
    “From Poverty to Slavery: Abolitionists, Overseers, and the Global Struggle for Labor in India”
    Christopher M. Florio, graduate student in history, Princeton University
  • BINKLEY-STEPHENSON AWARD
    Best article published in the Journal of American History during previous year
    “Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country”
    James D. Rice, professor of history, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • HUGGINS-QUARLES AWARD
    For graduate students of color to defray research travel expenses for Ph.D. dissertation
    “American Constitutions: Life, Liberty, and Property in Colonial East Florida”
    Nancy O. Gallman, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Davis

    “The Journey of Diné Students in Four Directions”
    Farina King, Ph.D. candidate, Arizona State University

  • MARY K. BONSTEEL TACHAU TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
    Contributions by precollegiate teachers to improve American history education
    Frank M. Cafarella, Cosgrove Middle School (Spencerport, NY)
  • ERIK BARNOUW AWARD
    Outstanding TV program or documentary film about American history and its study or promotion
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    Director: Ken Burns | Producers: Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom, and Ken Burns
    A co-production of Florentine Films and WETA

    Honorable mention:
    1971
    Director & Producer: Johanna Hamilton | Producers: Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny |
    Associate Producer: Danielle Varga
    Maximum Pictures and Fork Films in a co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS),
    in association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures, Candescent Films, and the Ford Foundation JustFilms

  • OAH/JAAS JAPAN RESIDENCIES PROGRAM
    Fellowships for two U.S. historians to spend two weeks at a Japanese university
    Kevin C. Murphy, chair of the Department of Humanities and professor of history,
    University of the Sciences [Kobe University]
    Greg Robinson, professor of history, Université du Québec À Montréal [Waseda University]

    Exchange program for Japanese students studying in U.S. to attend OAH annual meetings
    Satomi Minowa, University of Delaware
    Atsuko Shigesawa Oikawa, American University
    Yushi Yamazaki, University of Southern California

  • GERMANY RESIDENCY PROGRAM
    Resident scholar in U.S. history at the University of Tübingen
    James D. Rice, professor of history, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • CHINA RESIDENCY PROGRAM
    U.S. scholars teaching seminars in American history at Renmin University of China
    Thomas H. Cox, associate professor of history, Sam Houston State University
    Julia L. Foulkes, associate professor of history, The New School
    Raúl A. Ramos, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies,
    University of Houston

    Chinese scholars attending 2015 OAH meeting and being hosted at U.S. university
    Hu Xiaojin, China University of Political Science and Law [Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship,
    and the Constitution, University of Pennsylvania, and the National Constitution Center]
    Li Wenshuo, Shanghai Normal University, [Hunter College, City University of New York]
    Ouyang Zhencheng, Northeast Normal University [University of California, San Diego]

  • OAH/IMMIGRATION & ETHNIC HISTORY SOCIETY JOHN HIGHAM TRAVEL GRANTS
    Grants to help defray costs of attending OAH/IEHS Annual Meeting
    Preston S. McBride, Ph.D. student, University of California Los Angeles
    Daniel Morales, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University
    Adrienne A. Winans, Ph.D. candidate, Ohio State University
  • SAMUEL & MARION MERRILL GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS
    Grants to help defray costs of attending OAH annual meetings
    Gregory Ablavsky, Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Delia Fernández, Ph.D. student, Ohio State University
    Amanda Hughett, Ph.D. student, Duke University
    William S. Kiser, Ph.D. student, Arizona State University
    Claire H. Rydell, Ph.D. student, Stanford University
  • OAH PRESIDENT’S TRAVEL FUND FOR EMERGING HISTORIANS
    Graduate student travel stipends of up to $750 for students selected to present at OAH
    annual meetings
    *NOTE: The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting was the first time these stipends have been presented.
    William Gow, Ph.D. student, University of California Berkeley
    Alyssa M. Ribeiro, research scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
    Heather Sinclair, Ph.D. student, University of Texas El Paso
    Tao Wei, Ph.D. student, Stony Brook University, SUNY
    Gene Zubovich, Ph.D. student, University of California Berkeley