OAH 2017 Awards
The OAH sponsors and co-sponsors dozens of awards, grants, and fellowships annually. Here are the 2017 winners, announced at the Annual Meeting awards ceremony.
John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in U.S. LGBTQ history.
Ian Michael Baldwin, University of Redlands
Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history
Linda Gordon, New York University
Friend of History Award recognizes an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH
Lonnie G. Bunch III
Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history
Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press).
Merle Curti Award for the best book published in American social history and American intellectual history
Intellectual history: Susanna L. Blumenthal, University of Minnesota for Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Responsibility in American Legal Culture (Harvard University Press).
Social history: Wendy Warren, Princeton University, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright Publishing Corporation).
Ray Allen Billington Prize for the best book on the history of native and/or settler peoples in frontier, border, and borderland zones of intercultural contact in any century to the present and to include works that address the legacies of those zones
Karl Jacoby, Columbia University, The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (W. W. Norton & Company).
Avery O. Craven Award for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, and Civil War years, or the Era of Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history
Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press).
James A. Rawley Prize for the best book with the history of race relations in the United States
Robert G. Parkinson, Binghamton University, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution (Omohundro Institute of Early American History).
Willi Paul Adams Award for the best book on American history published in a foreign language
Catherine Collomp, Université Paris-Diderot, Résister au nazisme: Le Jewish Labor Committee, New York, 1934–1945 (CNRS Editions) [Relief, Rescue and Resistance: The Jewish Labor Committee’s Anti-Nazi Operations: 1934–1945, temporary English title before publication by an American publisher]
Ellis W. Hawley Prize for 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
Sam Lebovic, George Mason University, Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard University Press)
Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginning of the nation to the present.
Russell Rickford, Cornell University, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination (Oxford University Press).
Lawrence W. Levine Award for the author of the best book in American cultural history.
John W. Troutman, University of Louisiana, Lafayette/National Museum of American History, Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music (University of North Carolina Press).
Darlene Clark Hine Award for the best book in African American women’s and gender history.
LaShawn D. Harris, Michigan State University, Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press).
David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history, with cosponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).
Ryan Patrick Murphy, Earlham College, Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism, Family Politics, and Workplace Justice (Temple University Press).
Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History for the most original book in U.S. women’s and/or gender history.
Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.
Ava Purkiss, University of Michigan, “‘Mind, Soul, Body, and Race’: Black Women’s Purposeful Exercise in the Age of Physical Culture, 1900–1939” [dissertation completed at the University of Texas, Austin (History) under the direction of Professors Tiffany Gill and Daina Ramey Berry].
Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for best essay in American history by a graduate student.
Daniel Platt, Brown University, “Usury Reform and the Natures of Capital in the Progressive Era”
Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article appearing in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year.
Yael A. Sternhell, Tel Aviv University, “The Afterlives of a Confederate Archive: Civil War Documents and the Making of Sectional Reconciliation” (March 2016).
Huggins-Quarles Award for graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation
Sean Parulian Harvey, Northwestern University, “Assembly Lines: Maquilas and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1932–1992.”
Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award for contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history
Michael Williams of Warren New Tech High School in Warren, North Carolina.
Erik Barnouw Award for outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history
The Mine Wars, A Film Posse, Inc.
Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history
The Northeast Region History Program.
OAH/JAAS Japan Residencies Program
- Jana K. Lipman, Tulane University
- Lisa McGirr, Harvard University
Germany Residency Program
Libby Garland, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York
OAH/AHRAC China Residencies Program
- Nathan Citino, Rice University, Shaanxi University
- Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University, Northeast Normal University
- Margaret Humphreys, Duke University, Shanghai University
Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants help sponsor the travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH conference program and who incur expenses traveling to the annual meeting
- Lindsay M. Chervinsky
- Amanda C. Demmer
- Jacob C. Jurss
- Harrouna Malgouri
- Hilary Miller
OAH Presidents’ Travel Fund for Emerging Historians provides travel stipends of up to $750 for up to five graduate students and recent Ph.D.s in history (no more than four years from date of degree) whose papers or panels/sessions have been accepted by the OAH Program Committee for inclusion on the annual meeting program
- Lauren Brand
- Iván Chaar-López
- Jane Dinwoodie
- Nicole Gilhuis
- Elizabeth J. Wood
John Higham Research Fellowship. Thanks to the generosity of William L. and Carol B. Joyce, as well as gifts from other students of John Higham, members of his family, and colleagues, the OAH is pleased to offer the John Higham Research Fellowship for graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a Ph.D. in American history
- Eladio B. Bobadilla, Duke University, “‘One People without Borders’: The Lost Roots of the Immigrants’ Rights Movement, 1954–1994”
- Jonathan Lande, Brown University, “Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts Martial”