Merle Curti Social History Award


A black and white photograph of Merle Curti

One award is given annually to the author of the best book in American social history. Merle Curti was president of the OAH 1951–1952.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The award 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 Merle Curti Social History Award 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 each committee member 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 Merle Curti Social History Award Committee by February 2021. 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.

Members of the Merle Curti Social History Award Committee

Jennifer L. Morgan (Committee Chair)
32 Carver Street
Sag Harbor NY 11963
[Affiliation: New York University]

Alyosha Goldstein
University of New Mexico
Department of American Studies
Humanities 436, MSC 03 2110
Albuquerque NM 87131

Julie Weise
1288 University of Oregon
Department of History
Eugene Oregon 97403-1288

Daniel Widener
University of California, San Diego
Department of History 
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093


List of Past Winners