OAH 2016 Awards

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The OAH sponsors and co-sponsors dozens of awards, grants, and fellowships annually. Here are the 2016 winners, announced at the Annual Meeting awards ceremony on April 9.

Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award for an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history

Nancy A. Hewitt, Rutgers 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

NASA Johnson Space Center History Office

Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the author of a first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history

Mark G. Hanna, University of California, San Diego for Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740 (University of North Carolina Press).

Merle Curti Award for the best book published in American social history and American intellectual history

Social history: Julie M. Weise, University of Oregon for Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press).

Intellectual history: Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University for Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (Harvard University Press).

Richard W. Leopold Prize for the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historical or federal contract historian

Jacqueline E. Whitt, Air War College for Bringing God to Men: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War (University of North Carolina Press).

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

Martha Hodes, New York University for Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press).

James A. Rawley Prize for the best book with the history of race relations in the United States

Margaret Ellen Newell, Ohio State University for Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press).

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

Gary Gerstle, University of Cambridge for Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present (Princeton 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.

Tanisha C. Ford, University of Massachusetts, Amherst for Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press).

Lawrence W. Levine Award for the author of the best book in American cultural history.

Benjamin Looker, Saint Louis University for A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America (University of Chicago Press).

Darlene Clark Hine Award for the best book in African American women’s and gender history.

Talitha L. LeFlouria, University of Virginia for Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina 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).

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University for Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie (University of Illinois 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.

Cassandra Alexis Good, University of Mary Washington for Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic (Oxford University Press).

Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.

Susan Hanket Brandt, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, “Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Delaware Valley, 1740–1830.”

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for best essay in American history by a graduate student.

Robert Lee, University of California, Berkeley, “Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country.”

Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article appearing in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year.

Benjamin A. Coates, Wake Forest University for “Securing Hegemony through Law: Venezuela, the U.S. Asphalt Trust, and the Uses of International Law, 1904–1909.”

David Thelen Award for the best article on American history written in a foreign language

Shin Aoki, Tokyo Women’s Christian University for “Singing Exoticism: A Historical Anthropology of the GI Songs ‘China Night’ and ‘Japanese Rumba.'”

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

Johnnie Tiffany Holland, Duke University, for “United By Color and Flag: Blackness in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

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

Evan Taparata, doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.

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

Susan Miller, Middlesborough High School, Massachusetts.

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

No Más Bebés, Moon Canyon Films.

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

Manzanar National Historical Site.

OAH/JAAS Japan Residencies Program

  • Neil Foley, Southern Methodist University
  • Madeline Y. Hsu, University of Texas at Austin

Germany Residency Program

Miroslava Chávez-Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara

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

  • Aaron Bae, Arizona State University
  • Garrett Felber, University of Michigan
  • Max Flomen, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rachel Gross, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Farina King, Arizona State University

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

  • Meaghan Leigh Beadle, University of Virginia
  • Nancy O. Gallman, University of California, Davis
  • Kris Klein Hernandez, University of Michigan
  • Miguel Juárez, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Megan E. Springate, University of Maryland, College Park
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