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2012 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award

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To honor the memory of their son and brother, Allan, the Sharlin family has generously donated funds to the Social Science History Association to promote scholarly contributions in the fields in which Allan was active.


Allan exemplified the finest traditions of social science history. His training and scholarship were broadly interdisciplinary and he used both quantitative and more traditional methodologies. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, he studied demography for two years at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, and, at the time of his death in March 1983, he was on the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. During his brief scholarly career he published articles on sociological theory, on social and spatial mobility in German cities, and on new techniques for estimating demographic parameters in historical populations.

The Allan Sharlin Memorial Award is presented annually for an outstanding book in social science history published in the previous year (2011). The amount of the award is $1000.

Announcement of the winner of the 2012 Sharlin Memorial Award will be made at the upcoming annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1-4 November 2012.

To submit a book for the Sharlin Award competition, please send 5 (five) copies of your book to the Executive Director of SSHA.  Entries must be received by July 20, 2012:

William C. Block
Executive Director
Social Science History Association
391 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850



The Deadline for Submission has been extended to March 17!