Award and Prize Committees

Willi Paul Adams Award Committee

The prize is given biennially in odd-numbered years for the best book on American history published in a foreign language.

  • Georg Schild, Chair
  • Melissa Daggett
  • Daniel R. Ernst
  • Hongyan Lyu
  • João José Reis
  • Kazuyo Tsuchiya

Erik Barnouw Award Committee

One or two awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding programming on network or cable television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history.

  • Karen Johnson, Chair
  • Marian Mathison Desrosiers
  • Vivian Kleiman

Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee

The committee is composed of three members, each appointed for a two-year term. The prize is given biennially in odd-numbered years for the best book on the history of native and/or settler peoples in frontier, border, and borderland zones of intercultural contact in any century to the present and to include works that address the legacies of those zones.

  • Ned Blackhawk, Chair
  • Brenda J. Child
  • Alejandra Dubcovsky

Binkley-Stephenson Award Committee

The committee selects the best article that appeared in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year.

  • Sarah E. Cornell, Chair
  • Deirdre Cooper Owens
  • Meredith Oda

Avery O. Craven Award Committee

The award is given annually for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history. The exception recognizes and reflects Craven’s Quaker convictions.

  • Chandra Manning, Chair
  • Susanna Lee
  • Anne Marshall

Merle Curti Award Committees

Two awards are given annually: one for the best book in American social history and one for the best book in American intellectual history.

Social History Committee:

  • Matthew Guterl, Chair
  • Rebecca L. Davis
  • Jennifer Guglielmo
  • Robert Parkinson
  • Robyn C. Spencer

Intellectual History Committee:

  • Carolyn Eastman, Chair
  • Brittney Cooper
  • Andrew Hartman

John D'Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award Committee

The award is given annually for the best PhD dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history.

  • Leila Rupp, Chair
  • Amanda Littauer
  • Khary Polk

Friend of History Award Committee

The award is given annually to recognize an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee.

  • Joanne Meyerowitz, President, Chair
  • George J. Sanchez, President-Elect
  • Philip J. Deloria, Vice President
  • Jay S. Goodgold, Treasurer
  • Earl Lewis, Immediate Past President
  • Katherine M. Finley, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Benjamin H. Irvin, Executive Editor, OAH; Editor, Journal of American History, ex officio

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

The prize is given annually for 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.

  • Jessica Pliley, Chair
  • Gerald Horne
  • Burton I. Kaufman
  • Sonia Lee
  • Chad H. Parker
  • Barbara D. Savage

John Higham Research Fellowship Fund

The grants are given annually to graduate students pursuing research for the PhD in American history. Thanks to the generosity of William L. and Carol B. Joyce, OAH is pleased to offer this program.

  • Justin Leroy, Chair
  • Patrick Chung
  • Julian Lim

Darlene Clark Hine Award Committee

The award is given annually for the best book in African American women’s and gender history.

  • Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Chair
  • Ashley D. Farmer
  • Jennifer Hull
  • Deirdre Cooper Owens

Huggins-Quarles Award Committee

One or two awards are given annually to graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. This award was established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession. The Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories serves as the Huggins-Quarles Award Committee

  • Michael Witgen, Chair
  • Lauren Araiza
  • Mekala Audain
  • Genevieve Clutario
  • Jerry Gonzalez
  • Irvin Ibargüen
  • David Torres-Rouff

Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee

The prize is given biennially in even-numbered years for the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, the historical activities of the federal government, or biography by a government historian.

  • Barbara Clark Smith, Chair
  • Kevin R.C. Gutzman
  • Dinah Mayo-Bobee

Lerner-Scott Prize Committee

The prize is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Chair
  • Keona K. Ervin
  • Nancy Raquel Mirabal

Lawrence W. Levine Award Committee

The award is given annually for the best book in American cultural history.

  • Erin Redihan, Chair
  • Keisha N. Blain
  • Cara Caddoo
  • Joshua Guthman
  • Josef Sorrett

Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee

The award is given annually for the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.

  • Susan D. Carle, Chair
  • Perla M. Guerrero
  • Chad Williams

Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants Committee

The grants are supported by a bequest from the Merrill Trust and are given annually to help sponsor the travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH conference program and who incur expenses traveling to the annual meeting.

  • George J. Sanchez, Chair
  • Philip J. Deloria
  • Erika Lee

David Montgomery Award Committee

The award is given annually by the OAH with cosponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history.

  • Jarod Roll, Chair
  • Miriam Frank
  • Rashauna Johnson

Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History Committee

The prize is given annually for the most original book in U.S. women's and/or gender history.

  • Lara Vapnek, Chair
  • Maria Raquel Casas
  • Sarah Haley
  • Ji-Yeon Yuh

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee

The committee selects the best essay in American history written by a graduate student.

  • Benjamin H. Irvin, Journal of American History, Chair, ex officio
  • Katherine Grandjean
  • Quincy Mills
  • Carmen Whalen

Presidents' Travel Fund for Emerging Historians

The grants provide travel stipends of up to $750 for up to five graduate students and recent PhDs in history whose papers or panels/sessions have been accepted by the OAH program Committee for inclusion on the annual meeting program.

  • George J. Sanchez, Chair
  • Philip J. Deloria
  • Erika Lee

James A. Rawley Prize Committee

The prize is given annually for a book dealing with race relations in the United States.

  • Kimberly Fain, Chair
  • Deborah Cohen
  • Mario Sifuentez

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

The award is given annually to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

  • Edward L. Ayers, Chair
  • Lu Ann Jones
  • Martha S. Jones
  • T. J. Stiles

Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History

The award recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service and is intended to honor projects that make the NPS exemplary in promoting civic dialogue about and appreciation of American history.

  • Diane Miller, Chair
  • Douglas W. Dodd
  • David Osborne

Tachau Teacher of the Year Award Committee

The award is given annually to recognize the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history.

  • Stephen Sullivan, Chair
  • Robin Morris
  • Kevin Yeager

David Thelen Award Committee

The prize is given biennially in even-numbered years for the best article on American history published in a foreign language.

  • Benjamin H. Irvin, Journal of American History, Chair, ex officio
  • Avital Bloch
  • Nathalie Dessens
  • Max Paul Friedman
  • Penny Lewis

Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee

The award is given annually to the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history.

  • Earl Lewis, Chair
  • Raymond Arsenault
  • Erika Lee

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