Awards / Book Awards and Prizes

Darlene Clark Hine Award

Best book in African American women's and gender history.



The Darlene Clark Hine Award is given annually to the author of the best book in African American women’s and gender history. The award is named for Darlene Clark Hine, a pioneer in African American women’s and gender history and president of the OAH in 2001-2002.


Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

Submission Process

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2024 Darlene Clark Hine Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. All submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2023. Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must also be sent to each committee member and postmarked no later than January 7, 2023.

Please mail submissions to the committee members listed below: 

Shennette Garrett-Scott, Chair
Tulane University
Department of History
Hebert Hall 215E
6823 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Email and provide title(s) you will submit for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: [email protected]

Jessica Millward
Dept. of History, UC Irvine
200 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

Cherisse Jones-Branch
PO Box 60
State University, Arkansas 72467

Siobhan Carter-David
Email for mailing address: [email protected]

Traci Parker
Charles Warren Center for American History
Harvard University
25 Quincy St.
Emerson Hall, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Past Winners


Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Harvard University, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality (Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House)

Honorable Mention: Wanda A. Hendricks, University of South Carolina, The Life of Madie Hall Xuma: Black Women’s Global Activism during Jim Crow and Apartheid (University of Illinois Press)


Tiya Alicia Miles, Harvard University, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Random House)

Honorable Mention: Tamika Y. Nunley, Cornell University, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. (The University of North Carolina Press)


Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (The University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin, and Kali Nicole Gross, Emory University, A Black Women’s History of the United States (Beacon Press)


Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi, Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press)


Keisha N. Blain, University of Pittsburgh, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom(University of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention: Rachel Devlin, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools (Basic Books)

Honorable Mention: Sandra M. Bolzenius, Independent Scholar, Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took On the Army during World War II (University of Illinois Press)


Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College, CUNY, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology (University of Georgia Press)

Honorable Mention: Ashley D. Farmer, Boston University, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Ula Yvette Taylor, University of California, Berkeley, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam(University of North Carolina Press)


LaShawn D. Harris, Michigan State University, Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press)


Talitha L. LeFlouria, University of Virginia, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College, Columbia University, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon Press)

Honorable Mention: Sherie M. Randolph, University of Michigan, Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical(University of North Carolina Press)


Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (The University of South Carolina Press)


Estelle B. Freedman, Stanford University, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard University Press)


Sydney Nathans, Duke University (Emeritus), To Free a Family; The Journey of Mary Walker (Harvard University Press)


Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press)


Bettye Collier-Thomas, Temple University, Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion (Alfred A. Knopf)

Honorable Mention: Cheryl D. Hicks, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890–1935 (The University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Danielle L. McGuire, Wayne State University, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance; A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Alfred A. Knopf)


Margaret Washington, Cornell University, Sojourner Truth’s America (University of Illinois Press)

Honorable Mention: Leslie Brown, Williams College, Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South (The University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Crystal N. Feimster, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching (Harvard University Press)