Lawrence W. Levine Award

The deadline for the 2020 award has passed. Information on the 2021 award will be available summer 2020.


A black and white photograph of Lawrence Levine

The Lawrence W. Levine Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in American cultural history. Lawrence W. Levine was president of the OAH 1992–1993.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

The award will be presented at the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 2–5.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2020 Lawrence W. Levine Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2019.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2019 and before January 1, 2020. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2020. (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 Lawrence W. Levine Award Committee by February 2020. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. By applying for this award, 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​.

Lawrence W. Levine Award Committee

Erin Redihan (Committee Chair)
Worcester State University
Sullivan 327--History and Political Science
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Keisha N. Blain

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3702 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Cara Caddoo
Indiana University, Bloomington
Department of History
Weatherly Hall 232
400 North Sunrise Drive
Bloomington, IN 47405

Joshua Guthman
Berea College
Department of History
CPO 1866
101 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40404

Josef Sorett
Columbia University
Department of Religion
80 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027


List of Past Winners