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Welcome to the Social Science History Association

41st Annual SSHA Meeting


41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Chicago, IL November 17-20, 2016

Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World

SSHA President for 2015-16

Myron Gutmann, History and Institute for Behavioral Science, University of  Colorado, Boulder, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Program Committee Co-Chairs for the 2016 Conference:

Geoff Cunfer, History, University of Saskatchewan,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, ICPSR, University of Michigan, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Regina Werum, Sociology, University of Nebraska, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Download Call for Papers Here

Submissions for SSHA 2016 will open on December 1.


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2015 Sharlin Memorial Award Winners

Emily Erikson’s Between Monopoly and Free Trade contributes to one of the biggest debates in the social sciences, the economic rise of the western world, and manages to teach us something new about it.  Erickson uses network theory and painstaking archival analysis to show that the East India Company adopted a decentralized pattern that made it remarkably innovative, despite its status as a monopoly.  This close study shows how monopolies can respond creatively.  One committee member said: “What most impressed me about this book was the methodological rigor of the author…her quantitative analysis of ships voyages…provides an excellent how-to demonstration for young scholars looking to do similar types of work….Her writing skills are superb, and the book is very well structured.”  Another wrote: “The evidence is wonderful, massive, and handled in intriguing ways.”  “I learned a great deal I did not know – and am glad to know it…I found myself sharing facts and insights from this book with my students.”

Mara Loveman’s National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America asks another of the big questions: why societies categorize their citizens by race.  Loveman argues that across the countries of Latin America, racial classification was the result of state-building processes that were tied to the international quest for “racial improvement,” as Latin American state builders sought to document that their populations were “whitening” according to the tenets of scientific racism.  This project was discredited in the middle of the twentieth century, but at the end of the century multiculturalism introduced a new rationale for racial classification.  Loveman shows how closely tied Latin American state building has been to international developments, and the consequences of this for Latin American societies.  Committee members praised the book’s “substantial research effort” and said “This book was tremendously impressive in terms of the amount of detail and analysis conducted by the author…I imagine it will become the go-to reference for the subject.”

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2015 President's Book Award

The Social Science History Association welcomes submissions for the 2015 President's Book Award.  The prize of $1000 rewards an especially meritorious first work by an early-career scholar.  Submissions for the 2015 President’s Book Award must bear a copyright date of 2014 and be published within eight years of the author’s Ph.D.

Entrants will be judged on the criteria of scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach, and methodological innovativeness within the broad category of monographs analyzing past structures and events and change over time.

Authors or their publishers may choose to enter a book in either the President’s Book Award competition or in the Allan Sharlin Memorial Award competition, but may not enter both SSHA award competitions.

Announcement of the 2015 SSHA President’s Book Award winner will be made by May 15, 2016.


Now is a great time to join SSHA!