June 4, 2024

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The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is excited to announce the launch of two new awards: the Award for Contributions to Public Policy, and the Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is excited to announce the launch of two new awards: the Award for Contributions to Public Policy, and the Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History. OAH awards recognize scholarly excellence and professional achievements in the field of American history. They are conferred annually at the OAH Conference on American History. 

The Award for Contributions to Public Policy will annually recognize a scholar of any discipline who has made a significant contribution to U.S. public policy through historical research. The award is made possible through the generosity of J. Morgan Kousser, Professor of History and Social Science Emeritus at California Institute of Technology. The Award for Contributions to Public Policy will recognize the historical profession’s contributions to and ongoing obligations in helping to create public policy that is more firmly grounded in sound history.

The Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History recognizes the book making the most significant contribution to the study of New France, broadly defined. The Peyser prize is made possible by a grant from the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment at Western Michigan University. The prize will be awarded every two years, with the first award to be made in 2026. 

“The OAH is extremely grateful for the generosity of Professor Kousser and the financial support of the Joseph L. Peyser Endowment, which allows us to further advance the organization’s mission through our awards program,” said Beth English, Executive Director of OAH. “We are thrilled to be able to honor impactful public policy contributions and exceptional scholarship in New France history in the years to come.” 

View a full list of 2024 OAH award winners.

Summary

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is excited to announce the launch of two new awards: the Award for Contributions to Public Policy, and the Joseph L. Peyser Prize for New France History.