Ellis W. Hawley Prize


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 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, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The prize will be presented at the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, April 15–18.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2021 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, 2020.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2021. 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 8, 2021. (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 2021. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting 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

Eric Yellin (Committee Chair)
University of Richmond
Applicants should contact by e-mail for mailing address.

Marisa Chappell
730 SW 5th Street
Corvallis OR 97333
[Affiliation: Oregon State University]

Beth Lew-Williams
129 Dickinson Hall
Department of History
Princeton University
Princeton NJ 08544-1017

George Derek Musgrove
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Applicants should contact by e-mail for mailing address.

Daniel K. Williams
59 Logan Ridge Drive
Carrollton GA 30116
[Affiliation: University of West Georgia]


List of Past Winners