Presidents Book Award
Submissions for the Presidents Book Award are NOW OPEN.
A $1000 prize is awarded annually for a meritorious first work by an early-career scholar. Entrants are judged on scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach, and methodological innovativeness within monographs analyzing past structures and events and change over time. Books with a copyright date of the previous year that are published within eight years of the author’s Ph.D. are eligible for consideration.
Submission Deadline: Submissions with a postmark of June 30, 2023 (or earlier) will be accepted. Late entries will not be considered.
Authors or publishers wishing to nominate a book should mail print copies to each member of the award committee. Electronic (PDF, linked, emailed) copies will not be considered.
J. David Hacker (Chair)
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Jeffrey Beemer (SSHA, Executive Director)
President’s Book Award
Social Science History Association
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|2020||James Poskett||University of Warwick||Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920|
|2019||Seth Archer||Utah State University||Sharks upon the Land: Colonialism, Indigenous Health, and Culture in Hawai’i, 1778–1855|
|2018||Keri Leigh Merritt||Independent Scholar||Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South|
|2018||Taisu Zhang||Yale||The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England|
|2017||William Rankin||Yale||After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century|
|2016||Jonathan Wyrtzen||Yale||Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity|
|2015||Aaron Panofsky||University of Chicago||Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics|
|2014||Vanessa Ogle||University of Pennsylvania||Contesting Time: The Global Struggle for Uniformity and Its Unintended Consequences, 1870s-1950s|
|2013||Yiching Wu||University of Toronto||The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis|
|2012||Lisa Stampniktzky||Harvard||Disciplining Terror-How Experts Invented Terrorism|
|2011||Elizabeth Popp Berman||Berkeley||Creating the Market University|
|Protests with Chinese Characteristics|
|2009||Greta Krippner||Michigan||Capitalizing on Crisis|
|2008||Anthony Chen||Northwestern||The Fifth Freedom|
|2007||Brodwyn Fischer||University of Chicago||For our Poverty of Rights|
|2007||Issac Martin||Berkeley||In Defense of Privilege|
|2006||Sarah Igo||Vanderbilt||The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens and the Making of a Mass Public|
|2005||Joseph Gerteis||Minnesota||Class and the Color Line|
|2004||Steven Pfaff||Washington||Fight or Flight? Exit Voice Dynamics and the Collapse of East Germany|
|2003||Geoff Cunfer||University of Saskatchewan||On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment|
|2002||Robert D. Johnson||Yale||The Radical Middle Class|
|2001||Stephen M. Striffler||University of Arkansas||In the Shadow of State and Capital|
|2000||Mark S. Weiner||Yale||Americans Without Law|
|1999||Daniel Lord Smail||Fordham||Imaginary Cartographies: Possession and Identity in Late Medieval Marseille|
|1998||Robert Freeland||Stanford||The Struggle for Control of the Modern Corporation|
|1997||Robert Lieberman||Columbia||Shifting the Color Line|
|1996||Thomas Sugrue||University of Pennsylvania||The Origins of the Urban Crisis|
|1995||Leslie J. Reagan||University of Illinois||When Abortion Was a Crime|
|1994||Mary E. Odem||Emory||Delinquent Daughters|
|1993||Mauro F. Guillen||MIT||Models of Management|
|1992||Stewart Tolnay||Albany||Festival of Violence|
|1991||no award given|
|1990||Richard Maddox||Augustana College||El Castillo|
|1989||no award given|
|1988||Gary A. Abraham||St. Bonaventure||Max Weber and the Jewish Question|
SSH Call for Papers!
Social Science History announces a new series, Advances in Data and Methods. We invite research articles & review essays that propose, develop or explain new or recently articulated sources and/or methodological techniques for use in social science history.
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SSH Call for Papers
Conference Updates from SSHA President Anne McCants
Please read SSHA President Anne McCants’s letter on the 2023 annual conference (see link below). Anne provides updated information on this year’s conference format and new registration fees.
Conference updates from SSHA President Anne McCants
SSHA Call for Papers
49th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association
Washington DC, USA, November 16-19, 2023
The submission deadline has now expired.