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Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteer applications are due May 31, 2019. To volunteer, log in to the Member Portal (secure.oah.org), and click on "Volunteer" in the right-hand navigation bar. The Committee on Committees will work on appointments over the summer. Terms for those selected will begin May 1, 2020.

 

Looking Forward to the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The program committee is in the process of finalizing the program for the 2020 conference. We expect notifications about proposals to be available in June. Once decisions have been announced, you can log into the Member Portal (secure.oah.org) to see the status of your proposal.

 

New Vice President Announced

The Nominating Board has selected Erika Lee as incoming Vice President. Professor Lee is the Director of the Immigration History Research Center, Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota. She is also a member of the OAH Distinguished Lecturer Program. Her term will begin May 1, 2020.

 

Outgoing President Earl Lewis Issues a Challenge

At the end of his presidential address on Saturday, April 6, President Earl Lewis made a surprise announcement and issued a challenge to OAH membership. To support the OAH and help grow the endowment, Lewis is very generously donating $50,000. He then issued the challenge: If OAH members can reach $500,000 in a capital campaign that will take place over the next five years, he will give an additional $50,000. Information about the capital campagin will be sent in late spring. Please direct all queries to Executive Director, Kathy Finley at kmfinley@oah.org or (812) 855-7311.
 

Call for Papers: Process

Process is seeking submissions for two upcoming series. We accept proposals from anyone engaged in the practice of U.S. history, including researchers, teachers, graduate students, archivists, curators, public historians, digital scholars, and others. For more information about Process, please visit processhistory.org. Materials may be sent to blog@oah.org.
 
Queer History (May): We are open to a wide variety of themes, including but not limited to queer culture; material culture and aesthetics; literature, art, and film; queer history in the archives; queer social demonstrations; and queer solidarities.
U.S. in Central and South America (June/July): We seek proposals and submissions for an upcoming series on U.S. intervention in Central and South America. We are open to a wide variety of themes, including but not limited to forms and methods of U.S. imperialism, transregional solidarities and activisms, and historical interpretations of contemporary developments.

 

2019 OAH Award and Prize Winners

The Organization of American Historians sponsors annual awards and prizes given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history.
Please join us in congratulating the following 2019 OAH award and prize winners.
 
Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award: Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine
 
Friend of History Award: Natasha Trethewey, Board of Trustees Professor of English, Northwestern University
 
Frederick Jackson Turner Award: Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Western Carolina University, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy (Oxford University Press)
    • Finalist—Jonathan Gienapp, Stanford University, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press)
    • Finalist—Monica Muñoz Martinez, Brown University, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press)
    • Finalist—Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press)
 
Merle Curti Intellectual History Award: Sarah E. Igo, Vanderbilt University, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Harvard University Press)
 
Merle Curti Social History Award: Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press)
 
Avery O. Craven Award: Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press)
 
Ray Allen Billington Prize: Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press)
    • Honorable Mention—Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michigan State University, Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690–1792          (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press)
 
Ellis W. Hawley Prize: Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press)
 
James A. Rawley Prize: Jeffrey C. Stewart, University of California, Santa Barbara, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press)
 
Willi Paul Adams Award: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk, Uchodźcy polityczni z Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej w amerykańskiej polityce zimnowojennej, 1948–1954 [Political exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War politics, 1948–1954] (Institute of National Remembrance and University of Gdańsk)
 
Liberty Legacy Foundation Award: Martha S. Jones, The Johns Hopkins University, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press)
    • Honorable Mention—Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois at Chicago, A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s (The          University of North Carolina Press)
 
Lawrence W. Levine Award: Monica Muñoz Martinez, Brown University, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press)
 
Darlene Clark Hine Award: Keisha N. Blain, University of Pittsburgh, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press)
    • Honorable Mention—Rachel Devlin, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools        (Basic Books)
    • Honorable Mention—Sandra M. Bolzenius, Independent Scholar, Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took On the Army during World War II (University of Illinois            Press)
 
Montgomery Award: Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press)
 
Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History: Colleen McDannell, University of Utah, Sister Saints: Mormon Women since the End of Polygamy (Oxford University Press)
 
Lerner-Scott Prize: Julia Bowes, The University of Hong Kong, “Invading the Home: Children, State Power, and the Gendered Origins of Modern Conservatism, 1865–1933” [dissertation completed at Rutgers University–New Brunswick]
 
Louis Pelzer Memorial Award: Emma Teitelman, University of Cambridge, “The Properties of Capitalism: Industrial Enclosures in the South and West after the American Civil War” (dissertation completed at the University of Pennsylvania)
 
Binkley-Stephenson Award: Thomas B. Robertson, U.S. Education Foundation (Fulbright Nepal), “DDT and the Cold War Jungle: American Environmental and Social Engineering in the Rapti Valley of Nepal” (JAH, March 2018)
 
David Thelen Award: Rüdiger Graf, Leibniz-Center for Contemporary History Potsdam, “Truth in the Jungle of Literature, Science, and Politics: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and the Food Control Reforms during the U.S. Progressive Era” (Historische Zeitschrift 301(1), De Gruyter Oldenbourg) [“Wahrheit im Dschungel von Literatur, Wissenschaft und Politik: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle und die Reform der Lebensmittelkontrolle in den USA der ‘Progressive Era’”]
 
Huggins-Quarles Award: Tiffany Jasmin González, Texas A&M University, “Representation for a Change: Women in Government and the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement in Texas”
 
John D’Emilio LGBTQ History Dissertation Award: Scott De Orio, Northwestern University, “Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights” (dissertation completed at the University of Michigan)
 
John Higham Research Fellowship: Alastair Su, Stanford University, “The Voyages of the Sea Witch: Opium and Coolies in the Age of Emancipation”
 
Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award: Charles Yarborough, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
 
Erik Barnouw Award: The Chinese Exclusion Act, a co-production of Steeplechase Films and the Center for Asian American Media
 
Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History: Island of the Blue Dolphins (nps.gov/islandofthebluedolphins), a National Park Service web resource produced by Channel Islands National Park
 
OAH/JAAS Japan Residencies Program
Three Japanese students studying in the United States were selected to receive funding to attend this year’s OAH Annual Meeting:
Maki Kodama, Rice University
Minami Nishioka, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Masayoshi Yamada, University of California, Los Angeles
 
Germany Residencies Program
Brenda Elaine Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Augsburg
Matthew Avery Sutton, Washington State University, University of Tübingen
 
OAH/AHRAC China Residencies Program
Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University, Nankai University: American environmental history
Amy S. Greenberg, Penn State University, Fujian Normal University: The history of early U.S. diplomacy
Randal Hall, Rice University, Southwest University: Sectionalism and the American South
 
Three Chinese scholars were selected to receive funding to attend this year’s OAH Annual Meeting and spend time in the United States following the meeting:
Yue Gao, Liaoning Normal University, visiting the Massachusetts Historical Society and Columbia University
Jiao Jiao, Shanghai University, conducting research at Cornell University
Changyun Yang, Jiangxi Normal University, visiting the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum
 
Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants
Cassandra N. Berman is a doctoral candidate at Brandeis University
Nancy E. Brown is a doctoral candidate at Purdue University
Rohma A. Khan is a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester
Caroline Lieffers is a doctoral candidate at Yale University
• Jennifer Monroe McCutchen is a doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University
 
OAH Presidents’ Travel Fund for Emerging Historians
Rosie C. Bermudez a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Jamalin Rae Harp received her doctorate from Texas Christian University in 2017 and is currently a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Joshua Hollands is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at University College London’s Institute of the Americas
Graeme Mack is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego
Ana Stevenson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, South Africa