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2011 President's Book Award

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The Social Science History Association announces the annual President's Book Award of $1000 for a new manuscript. The prize rewards an especially meritorious first work by a beginning scholar. Scholars who have a previously-published book are not eligible for this award. 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. SSHA invites studies of family and demography, popular mentalities, political economy, state-society relationships, electoral and legislative behavior, and the history of the social and behavioral sciences; other substantive realms may also be represented. The Association includes in consideration theoretically-informed accounts examined from quantitative, interpretive, and other perspectives.

Manuscripts can be under consideration by a press at the time of submission to the award committee but must not be in print before the prize is awarded (this year, in November). A letter from the press stating that the manuscript will not be published before December 2011 is required. A manuscript may only be submitted for this award once; manuscripts that were submitted in an earlier year but are not yet in print are not allowed.

The application window is now open. A copy of the manuscript and a current CV should be sent by July 15, 2011 to each member of the committee listed below, including one copy to the Association’s Executive Director. Note: manuscripts submitted for this award will not be returned.

Leslie Page Moch (History)
Department of History
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036

Cedric de Leon (Sociology)
Department of Sociology
Howley Hall
Providence College
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918

Ho-fung Hung (Sociology)
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
The Johns Hopkins University
533 Mergenthaler Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

Kim Johnson [Political Science]
Department of Political Science
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

William Block (Executive Director)
Social Science History Association
Cornell University
391 Pine Tree Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

Announcement of the winner of the 2011 President’s Book Award will be made at the November 2011 meeting of the Social Science History Association in Boston, MA.




The Deadline for Submission has been extended to March 17!