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AHA Announces 2021 Prize Winners

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 prizes, to be awarded at the AHA’s 135th annual meeting, which will take place in New Orleans from January 6–9, 2022.

The AHA offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, the Association has conferred over 1,000 awards. This year’s finalists were selected from a field of over 1,400 entries by nearly 150 dedicated prize committee members. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalog of the best work produced in the historical discipline.


The Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for an author’s first book in European history from 1815 through the 20th century

Stefan J. Link (Dartmouth Coll.) for Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order (Princeton Univ. Press, 2020)

The George Louis Beer Prize in European international history since 1895

Francine Hirsch (Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison) for Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020)

The Jerry Bentley Prize in world history

Chris Otter (Ohio State Univ.) for Diet for a Large Planet: Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2020)

The Albert J. Beveridge Award in the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present

Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.) for The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2020)

The James Henry Breasted Prize in any field of history prior to CE 1000

Simon Martin (Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum) for Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150–900 CE (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2020)

The Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article published in a journal written by an undergraduate student

Ann Tran (Univ. of Southern California) for "A Bloody Solidarity: Nguyen Thai Binh and the Vietnamese Antiwar Movement in the Long Sixties," The Boller Review 5 (2020)
Faculty adviser: Kara Dixon Vuic (Texas Christian Univ.)

The John H. Dunning Prize for an author's first or second book in US history

Bathsheba Demuth (Brown Univ.) for Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (W.W. Norton, 2019)

The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian history since 1800

Eric Schluessel (George Washington Univ.) for Land of Strangers: The Civilizing Project in Qing Central Asia (Columbia Univ. Press, 2020)

The Morris D. Forkosch Prize in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485

Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's Univ., Can.) for In the Shadow of Leviathan: John Locke and the Politics of Conscience (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2020)

The Leo Gershoy Award in 17th- and 18th-century western European history

Susan North (Victoria and Albert Museum) for Sweet & Clean? Bodies and Clothes in Early Modern England (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020)

The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article in a journal, magazine, or other serial on teaching history

Jill E. Kelly (Southern Methodist Univ.) and Omar Badsha (South African History Online) for "Teaching South African History in the Digital Age: Collaboration, Pedagogy, and Popularizing History," History in Africa 47 (2020)

The Clarence H. Haring Prize in Latin American history by a Latin American author

Laura Fahrenkrog Cianelli (Univ. Adolfo Ibáñez) for Los "indios cantores" del Paraguay: Prácticas musicales y dinámicas de movilidad en Asunción colonial (siglos XVI–XVIII) (Sb editorial, 2020)

The J. Franklin Jameson Award for outstanding achievement in the editing of historical primary sources

Hani Khafipour (Univ. of Southern California) for The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities (Columbia Univ. Press, 2019)

The Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean history

Larissa Brewer-García (Univ. of Chicago) for Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2020)

The Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in women’s history and/or feminist theory

Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.) for The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2020)

The Martin A. Klein Prize in African history

Jacob Dlamini (Princeton Univ.) for Safari Nation: A Social History of the Kruger National Park (Ohio Univ. Press, 2020)

The Waldo G. Leland Prize for the most outstanding reference tool in the field of history

Thomas Spear (Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison), ed., for The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources (Oxford Univ. Press, 2019)

The Littleton-Griswold Prize in US law and society, broadly defined

Douglas J. Flowe (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) for Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2020)

The J. Russell Major Prize in French history

Nimisha Barton (Univ. of California, Irvine) for Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France (Cornell Univ. Press, 2020)

The Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian history or Italian-American relations

Victoria de Grazia (Columbia Univ.) for The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini's Italy (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 2020)

The George L. Mosse Prize in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500

Magda Teter (Fordham Univ.) for Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth (Harvard Univ. Press, 2020)

The John E. O’Connor Film Award for outstanding interpretations of history through film

DocumentaryCURED, Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer, producers and directors (Story Center Films, 2020)

The Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize in the history of journalism

Vanessa Freije (Univ. of Washington-Seattle) for Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico (Duke Univ. Press, 2020)

The James A. Rawley Prize for the integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century

Allison Margaret Bigelow (Univ. of Virginia) for Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World (Omohundro Inst. of Early American History and Culture and Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2020)

The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian history

Nira Wickramasinghe (Leiden Univ.) for Slave in a Palanquin: Colonial Servitude and Resistance in Sri Lanka (Columbia Univ. Press, 2020)

The Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the history of the Jewish diaspora

Devi Mays (Univ. of Michigan) for Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora (Stanford Univ. Press, 2020)

The Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Creativity in Digital History to a freely available new media project

Robert Lee (Univ. of Cambridge), Tristan Ahtone (Grist), Margaret Pearce (Studio 1:1), Kalen Goodluck, Geoff McGhee, and Cody Leff for “Land-Grab Universities” (High Country News, 2020)

The Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history

Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins Univ.) for Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)


The Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding postsecondary history teaching

April Masten (Stony Brook Univ., State Univ. of New York)

The Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K-12 history teaching
Joseph Schmidt (New York City Dept. of Education)

Equity Awards for individuals and institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the historic profession

Individual: Crystal Sanders (Penn State Univ.)

Institutional: Northeastern State University, Department of History

The Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history

Theodore J. Karamanski (Loyola Univ. Chicago)

The John Lewis Award for History and Social Justice to recognize a historian for leadership and sustained engagement at the intersection of historical work and social justice

Mary Frances Berry (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

The John Lewis Award for Public Service to the Discipline of History to recognize individuals outside the ranks of professional historians who have made a significant contribution to the study, teaching, and public understanding of history, in the interest of social justice

Sam Pollard (New York Univ.)

The Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award for teachers of history who taught, guided, and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives

Herrick Eaton Chapman (New York Univ.)

The Honorary Foreign Member for a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians”

Mahesh Rangarajan (Krea Univ., India)

The Award for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement

Darlene Clark Hine (Michigan State Univ. and Northwestern Univ.)
Teofilo Ruiz (Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Peter N. Stearns (George Mason Univ.)

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