Book Prizes

The Association awards two annual prizes for outstanding books in social science history.

Presidents Book Award

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.

The submission window for the 2018 SSHA Presidents Book Award is now open. Submissions with a postmark of August 31 (or earlier) will be accepted. Late entries will not be considered. Authors or publishers wishing to nominate a book should mail an author’s curriculum vitae and a copy of the nominated book to each member of the award committee listed below:

Dr. Lorraine Minnite (Committee Chair)
Dept. of Public Policy & Administration
Rutgers University
401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Dr. Leah Boustan
Princeton University
Industrial Relations Section
Louis A. Simpson International Bldg.
Princeton, NJ 08544

Michael Fortner
4306 Walnut Street
Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

William Rankin
27 Lincoln St.
New Haven, CT 06511

See a list of past winners >>

Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award

A $1,000 prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book in social science history to honor the memory of Allan Sharlin. Allen exemplified the finest traditions of social science history. His training and scholarship were broadly interdisciplinary and he used both quantitative and more traditional methodologies. Books published in the previous year are eligible for consideration.

The submission window for the 2018 Sharlin Memorial Book Award is now open. Submissions with a postmark of June 15 (or earlier) will be accepted. Late entries will not be considered. Authors or publishers wishing to nominate a book should mail copies to each member of the award committee listed below:

  • Alan L. Olmstead (chair)
    1233 Fordham Dr.
    Davis, CA. 95616

  • Emily Erikson
    29 Chicken ST
    Wilton, CT. 06897

  • Lisa Dillon
    4650 Beaconsfield
    Montreal, QC, Canada, H4A 2H7

  • Charles Seguin
    DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY
    211 Oswald Tower, The Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA 16802

  • Simone Wegge
    Economics, Bldg. 2N-224
    2800 Victory Blvd.
    College of Staten Island – CUNY
    Staten Island, NY 10314

  • William Block
    Sharlin Award
    Social Science History Association
    391 Pine Tree Rd
    Ithaca, NY 14850

See a list of past winners >>


Paper Prizes

The Association promotes high quality scholarship through its awards program, which recognize the best work by a younger scholar and the best work by any scholar in our many fields submitted to our annual conference. The two paper prizes are given only for papers published in Social Science History during the previous year. The winning papers are selected by the journal’s editorial board.

Founder’s Prize

2017 Winner: Myron P. Gutmann, Daniel Brown, Angela R. Cunningham, James Dykes, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, Jani Little, Jeremy Mikecz, Paul W. Rhode, Seth Spielman, Kenneth M. Sylvester. “Migration in the 1930s: Beyond the Dust Bowl” Social Science History 40(4), p. 707-740.

See a list of past winners >>

Graduate Student Paper Prize

2017 Winner:

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