Ellis W. Hawley Prize

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2024 award will be available summer 2023.

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The Ellis W. Hawley Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of 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. The prize honors the late Ellis W. Hawley, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Iowa, an outstanding historian of these subjects.

Eligible works shall include book-length historical studies, written in English. Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

The prize will be presented at the 2023 OAH Conference on American History in Los Angeles, CA, March 30–April 2.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2023 Ellis W. Hawley Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2022.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2022 and before January 1, 2023. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by committee members and postmarked no later than January 7, 2023. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee by February 2023. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. By applying for this prize, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. ​Read our privacy policy here​.

Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee

Lila Corwin Berman (Committee Chair)
Temple University
Department of History
916 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Please e-mail the title(s) you are submitting for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: lcberman@temple.edu

Destin Jenkins
Stanford University
Lane History Corner
Department of History
450 Jane Stanford Way
Building 200, Room 113
Stanford, CA 94305-2024

Neil Maher
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Federated Department of History
University Heights
323 MLK Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102-1824

Julie Reed
Penn State
Department of History
108 Weaver Building
University Park, PA 16802

Tamara Venit-Shelton
Claremont McKenna College
Department of History
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

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List of Past Winners