American Historical Association Announces 2015 Prize Winners

Congratulations to all.  Here are few of note for readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

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

Elizabeth A. Fenn (Univ. of Colorado Boulder), Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (Hill & Wang, 2014) 

Greg Grandin (New York Univ.), The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World (Metropolitan Books, 2014)

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

Michael Welker (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA 2014), Faculty Sponsor: James L. Leloudis (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Nothing without a Demand: Black Power and Student Activism on North Carolina College Campuses, 1967–1973,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2014) 

The John H. Dunning Prize offered biennially in US history 

Kate Brown (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County), Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013)

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

Gregory E. O’Malley (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2014) 

The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article on teaching history 

Peter Burkholder (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.), “A Content Means to a Critical Thinking End: Group Quizzing in History Surveys,” The History Teacher 47, no. 4 (August 2014): 551–78

The J. Franklin Jameson Award offered biennially for the editing of primary sources 

Emily Levine (independent scholar), Witness: A Húŋkpapȟa Historian’s Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2013) 

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

Cornelia H. Dayton (Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs) and Sharon V. Salinger (Univ. of California, Irvine), Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) 

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

David I. Kertzer (Brown Univ.), The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Random House, 2014)

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

Dramatic Feature: 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, producer (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2013) 

Documentary: The Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, Tony Buba, director; Marcus Rediker, producer (Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2014)

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

Ada Ferrer (New York Univ.), Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014) 

Gregory E. O’Malley (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz), Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2014)

The Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the history of the Jewish diaspora 

Libby Garland (Kingsborough Community Coll., City Univ. of New York), After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921–1965 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2014) – 

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

The First Days Project, South Asian American Digital Archive

The Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding postsecondary history teaching 

Kimberley Mangun (Univ. of Utah)

The Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K–12 history teaching 

Kevin A. Wagner (Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, PA)

The Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history

Pamela M. Henson (Smithsonian Institution Archives)

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

Brian Balogh (Univ. of Virginia)

The Award for Scholarly Distinction to senior historians for lifetime achievement 

Ira Berlin (Univ. of Maryland, College Park)