Frederick Jackson Turner Award

Recognizing the author of a first scholarly book dealing with any aspect of American history.



The Frederick Jackson Turner Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of a first scholarly book dealing with any aspect of American history.


The rules and terms of the competition are as follows:

  1. Eligible books must be published during the calendar year preceding that in which the award is given;
  2. The author may not have previously published a book-length work of history;
  3. Submissions will be made by publishers, who may submit such books as they deem eligible;
  4. Co-authored works are eligible, as long as neither author has previously published a book of history;
  5. Authors who have previously co-authored a book of history are not eligible.

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 Frederick Jackson Turner Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below and must include a complete list of the author’s publications OR a statement from the publisher verifying this is the author’s first book. No submission will be considered without this proof of eligibility. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2023.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2023 and before January 1, 2024. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2024.

Please mail submissions to the committee members listed below: 

Erika Lee, Chair
Faculty of History
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Site
West Road
CB3 9EF United Kingdom
Email to provide title(s) you will submit for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: [email protected]

Annette Gordon-Reed
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Ave.
Griswold 405
Cambridge, MA 02138

Erika Bsumek
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin
128 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, Texas, 78705

Past Winners


Kathryn Olivarius, Stanford University, Necropolis: Disease, Power, and Capitalism in the Cotton Kingdom (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) 

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth N. Ellis, Princeton University, The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South  (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention: Rachel E. Walker, University of Hartford, Beauty and the Brain: The Science of Human Nature in Early America (University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Jeannie N. Shinozuka, Soka University of America, Biotic Borders: Transpacific Plant and Insect Migration and the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism in America, 1890-1950 (University of Chicago Press)


Gabriel Winant, University of Chicago, The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America (Harvard University Press)


Johanna Fernández, Baruch College of the City University of New York, The Young Lords: A Radical History (The University of North Carolina Press)

Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press)


Vincent DiGirolamo, Baruch College, Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys (Oxford University Press)


Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Western Carolina University, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Gienapp, Stanford University, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Monica Muñoz Martinez, Brown University, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press)


Brian McCammack, Lake Forest College, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture(University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, Cornell University. Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America(Princeton University Press)


Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era(University of North Carolina Press)


Mark G. Hanna, University of California, San Diego, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740 (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Joshua L. Reid, University of Washington, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (Yale University Press)

Honorable Mention: Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800–1850 (University of North Carolina Press)


Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Jamie Cohen-Cole, George Washington University, The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature (University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Katherine C. Mooney, Florida State University, Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Kyle G. Volk, University of Montana, Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy (Oxford University Press)


Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, San Francisco State University, Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press)


Jonathan Levy, Princeton University, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard University Press)


David Sehat, Georgia State University, The Myth of American Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: James T. Sparrow, University of Chicago, The Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government (Oxford University Press)


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)

Honorable Mention: Mark Brilliant, University of California, Berkeley, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941–1978 (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Robert Perkinson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire(Metropolitan Books)

Honorable Mention: Christina Snyder, Indiana University, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America(Harvard University Press)


Bethany Moreton, University of Georgia, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Charlotte Brooks, Baruch College, CUNY, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880 (University of Georgia Press)

Honorable Mention: Lisa Levenstein, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, A Movement without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (University of North Carolina Press)


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


Charles Postel, California State University, Sacramento, The Populist Vision (Oxford University Press)


Ned Blackhawk, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Aaron Sachs, Cornell University, The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (Viking)


Tiya Alicia Miles, University of Michigan, Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press)

Honorable Mention: Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania, Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press)


Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press)


Thomas A. Guglielmo, University of Notre Dame, White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890–1945 (Oxford University Press)


James F. Brooks, University of California, Santa Barbara, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press)


Adam Rome, Pennsylvania State University, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (Cambridge University Press)


Lisa Norling, University of Minnesota, Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720–1870 (University of North Carolina Press)


Timothy B. Tyson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (University of North Carolina Press)

Walter Johnson, New York University, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press)


Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (Cambridge University Press)


Neil Foley, White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (University of California Press)


Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896–1920 (The University of North Carolina Press)


James T. Campbell, Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa (Oxford University Press)


George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940 (Basic Books)


Peter Way, Common Labour: Workers & the Digging of North American Canals 1780–1860 (Cambridge University Press)


Daniel K. Richter, The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (The University of North Carolina Press for the Institute of Early American History and Culture)


Rámon A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500–1864(Stanford University Press)


Christopher F. Clark, The Roots of Rural Capitalism: Western Massachusetts, 1780–1860 (Cornell University Press)


James H. Merrell, The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal(Institute of Early American History and Culture and The University of North Carolina Press)


Bruce Nelson, Workers on the Waterfront: Seamen, Longshoremen,and Unionism in the 1930s (University of Illinois Press)


David Montejano, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986 (University of Texas Press)


Alexander Keyssar, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts (Cambridge University Press)


Chester M. Morgan, Redneck Liberal: Theodore G. Bilbo and the New Deal (Louisiana State University Press)


Barton C. Shaw, The Wool-Hat Boys: Georgia’s Populist Party (Louisiana State University Press)

Sean Wilentz, Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788–1850 (Oxford University Press)


Steven Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850–1890(Oxford University Press)


Rosalind Rosenberg, Beyond Separate Spheres (Yale University Press)


Clayborne Carson, To Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Harvard University Press)


William C. Widenor, Henry Cabot Lodge and the Search for an American Foreign Policy (University of California Press)


John Mack Farragher, Women and Men on the Overland Trail (Yale University Press)


Charles F. Fanning, Jr., Peter Finley Dunne and Mr. Dooley: The Chicago Years (University of Kentucky Press)


Daniel T. Rodgers, Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850–1920 (University of Chicago Press)


Merritt Roe Smith, Harpers Ferry Amory and the New Technology (Cornell University Press)


No award given.


William Graebner, Coal Mining Safety in the Progressive Period: The Political Economy of Reform (University Press of Kentucky)


Thomas H. Bender, Toward an Urban Vision (University Press of Kentucky)


Mary O. Furner, Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science, 1865–1905 (University Press of Kentucky)


Edward A. Purcell, Jr., The Crisis of Democratic Theory: Scientific Naturalism and the Problem of Value (University Press of Kentucky)


John Garry Clifford, The Citizen Soldiers (University Press of Kentucky)


Robert Griffith, The Politics of Fear: Joseph McCarthy and the Senate (University Press of Kentucky)


Ross Gregory, Walter Hines Page, Ambassador to the Court of St. James (University Press of Kentucky)


No award given.


Ross E. Paulson, Radicalism and Reform, 1837–1937 (University Press of Kentucky)


James T. Patterson, Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933–1939 (University Press of Kentucky)


Ronald E. Shaw, Erie Water West: A History of the Erie Canal, 1792–1854 (University Press of Kentucky)


No award given.


No award given.


Donald O. Johnson, The Challenge to American Freedoms: World War I and the Rise of the American Civil Liberties Union (University Press of Kentucky)


Robert E. Quirk, An Affair of Honor: Woodrow Wilson and the Occupation of Vera Cruz (University Press of Kentucky)


No award given.


Donald F. Warner, The Idea of Continuous Union: Agitation for the Annexation of Canada to the United States, 1849–1893 (University Press of Kentucky)