55 Historians, Students, and Organizations Recognized During 2015 Meeting

BLOOMINGTON, IN—The Organization of American Historians presented 27 awards, prizes, fellowships, grants, and honorable mentions to 55 historians, graduate students, and organizations Saturday, April 18 at the America's Center in St. Louis.

OAH recognizes outstanding professional achievements in the field of American history during its annual meetings. Awards were presented by Jon Butler, OAH's 2015-16 president. Butler's term took effect on April 18 immediately following OAH's annual business meeting.

NOTE: Where available, links to more information about winning books, book authors, and award recipients are embedded in the list below (mouse over the copy and clickable link titles appear).

  • ROY ROSENZWEIG DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
    Contributions that enrich understanding of and appreciation for American history
    Thomas Bender, university professor of the humanities, New York University
    The late Michael B. Katz, Walter H. Annenberg professor of history, University of Pennsylvania
  • FRIEND OF HISTORY AWARD
    Outstanding support of historical research, public presentations on American history, or the work of OAH
    Colin G. Campbell, chairman emeritus
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • WILLI PAUL ADAMS AWARD
    Awarded every two years for best book on American history published in a foreign language
    Governing through the Family: Fatherhood and Families in American History since 1770
    Jürgen Martschukat, professor of history, Erfurt University
  • LIBERTY LEGACY FOUNDATION AWARD
    Best book on civil rights struggles from U.S. beginnings to present
    A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida
    N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
  • DARLENE CLARK HINE AWARD
    Best book on African American women's and gender history
    Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis
    Karsonya Wise Whitehead, assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies, Loyola University Maryland

  • DAVID MONTGOMERY AWARD
    Best book on American labor and working-class history in partnership with Labor and
    Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)
    Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood
    Chantal Norrgard, author and independent scholar

    Honorable mention:
    With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire
    Brian Rouleau, assistant professor of history, Texas A&M University

  • LERNER-SCOTT PRIZE
    Best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women's history
    "Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South"
    Jessica Wilkerson, assistant professor of history and Southern studies, University of Mississippi
    (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

    Honorable mention:
    "'For the Freedom of the Race': Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945"
    Keisha N. Blain, Pennsylvania State University
    (Princeton University)

  • LOUIS PELZER MEMORIAL AWARD
    Best essay on American history by a graduate student
    "From Poverty to Slavery: Abolitionists, Overseers, and the Global Struggle for Labor in India"
    Christopher M. Florio, graduate student in history, Princeton University

  • BINKLEY-STEPHENSON AWARD
    Best article published in the Journal of American History during previous year
    "Bacon's Rebellion in Indian Country"
    James D. Rice, professor of history, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

  • HUGGINS-QUARLES AWARD
    For graduate students of color to defray research travel expenses for Ph.D. dissertation
    "American Constitutions: Life, Liberty, and Property in Colonial East Florida"
    Nancy O. Gallman, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Davis

    "The Journey of Diné Students in Four Directions"
    Farina King, Ph.D. candidate, Arizona State University

  • MARY K. BONSTEEL TACHAU TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
    Contributions by precollegiate teachers to improve American history education
    Frank M. Cafarella, Cosgrove Middle School (Spencerport, NY)

  • ERIK BARNOUW AWARD
    Outstanding TV program or documentary film about American history and its study or promotion
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    Director: Ken Burns | Producers: Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom, and Ken Burns
    A co-production of Florentine Films and WETA

    Honorable mention:
    1971
    Director & Producer: Johanna Hamilton | Producers: Marilyn Ness and Katy Chevigny |
    Associate Producer: Danielle Varga
    Maximum Pictures and Fork Films in a co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS),
    in association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures, Candescent Films, and the Ford Foundation JustFilms

  • OAH/JAAS JAPAN RESIDENCIES PROGRAM
    Fellowships for two U.S. historians to spend two weeks at a Japanese university
    Kevin C. Murphy, chair of the Department of Humanities and professor of history,
    University of the Sciences [Kobe University]
    Greg Robinson, professor of history, Université du Québec À Montréal [Waseda University]

    Exchange program for Japanese students studying in U.S. to attend OAH annual meetings
    Satomi Minowa, University of Delaware
    Atsuko Shigesawa Oikawa, American University
    Yushi Yamazaki, University of Southern California

  • GERMANY RESIDENCY PROGRAM
    Resident scholar in U.S. history at the University of Tübingen
    James D. Rice, professor of history, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

  • CHINA RESIDENCY PROGRAM
    U.S. scholars teaching seminars in American history at Renmin University of China
    Thomas H. Cox, associate professor of history, Sam Houston State University
    Julia L. Foulkes, associate professor of history, The New School
    Raúl A. Ramos, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies,
    University of Houston

    Chinese scholars attending 2015 OAH meeting and being hosted at U.S. university
    Hu Xiaojin, China University of Political Science and Law [Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship,
    and the Constitution, University of Pennsylvania, and the National Constitution Center]
    Li Wenshuo, Shanghai Normal University, [Hunter College, City University of New York]
    Ouyang Zhencheng, Northeast Normal University [University of California, San Diego]

  • OAH/IMMIGRATION & ETHNIC HISTORY SOCIETY JOHN HIGHAM TRAVEL GRANTS
    Grants to help defray costs of attending OAH/IEHS Annual Meeting
    Preston S. McBride, Ph.D. student, University of California Los Angeles
    Daniel Morales, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University
    Adrienne A. Winans, Ph.D. candidate, Ohio State University

  • SAMUEL & MARION MERRILL GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS
    Grants to help defray costs of attending OAH annual meetings
    Gregory Ablavsky, Ph.D. student, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Delia Fernández, Ph.D. student, Ohio State University
    Amanda Hughett, Ph.D. student, Duke University
    William S. Kiser, Ph.D. student, Arizona State University
    Claire H. Rydell, Ph.D. student, Stanford University

  • OAH PRESIDENT'S TRAVEL FUND FOR EMERGING HISTORIANS
    Graduate student travel stipends of up to $750 for students selected to present at OAH
    annual meetings
    *NOTE: The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting was the first time these stipends have been presented.
    William Gow, Ph.D. student, University of California Berkeley
    Alyssa M. Ribeiro, research scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
    Heather Sinclair, Ph.D. student, University of Texas El Paso
    Tao Wei, Ph.D. student, Stony Brook University, SUNY
    Gene Zubovich, Ph.D. student, University of California Berkeley

For information about OAH awards, prizes, fellowships, and grants, visit oah.org or call 812.855.7311.

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Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,800 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes
The American Historian magazine.