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Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2020 award will be available summer 2019.


The OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history. Beginning in 2008, the award is named in memory of Roy Rosenzweig, who was the Mark and Barbara Fried Chair and founding director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Rosenzweig, a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, was actively involved in OAH for more than fifteen years, serving on its nominating board, program committees, executive board, and was an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. In 2011, George Mason University renamed the Center for History and New Media to honor his memory. Rosenzweig passed away in 2007 at the age of 57.

Those eligible for this award include scholars, teachers, writers, public historians, and officeholders who have shaped or deepened our sensitivity to the past.

The selection committee is composed of the four outgoing Executive Board members. Any member of the OAH can submit a nomination by letter to the Organization’s Executive Director. All nominations submitted will be considered by the selection committee, along with other nominations generated by the committee. Nominations will remain active for three years.

Please indicate “2019 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award” in the subject line and send nomination as a PDF by midnight PST on October 1, 2018 to distinguishedserviceaward@oah.org.

The award will be presented at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4–6.

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award Committee

Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University (Committee Chair)
Sarah Deutsch, Duke University
Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh
Renee Romano, Oberlin College


List of Past Winners