Book Prizes

The department’s professors publish the results of their historical investigations in a wide variety of venues, both popular and scholarly. Their books have won prizes from the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and other national and regional scholarly organizations.

John Bullion

  • The 1983 University of Missouri Curators Book Prize for A Great and Necessary Measure: George Grenville and the Genesis of the Stamp Act, 1763-1765.

Wilma King

  • The 2000 Outstanding Book Award, Bank Street College Book Committee, for Children of the Emancipation.
  • The 1997 Outstanding Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, for Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America.
  • The 1995 Letitia Woods Brown Prize, Association of Black Women Historians for “We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible:” A Reader in Black Women’s History.

Theodore Koditschek

  • The 2012 Stansky Book Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, awarded for Liberalism, Imperialism, and the Historical Imagination.
  • The 1991 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for Class Formation and Urban Industrial Society: Bradford 1750-1850.
  • The 1991 Robert Livingston Schuyler Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for Class Formation and Urban Industrial Society: Bradford 1750-1850.

Kerby Miller

  • The 2003 James S. Donnelly Prize of the American Conference for Irish Studies, awarded for Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs from Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1675-1815.
  • The 1986 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America.
  • The 1986 Theodor Saloutos Award of the Immigration History Society for Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America.
  • Finalist, 1986 Pulitzer Prize in History, for Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America.

Jeffrey L. Pasley

  • The 2002 Annual Award for Best History Book by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for “The Tyranny of Printers”: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic.

A. Mark Smith

  • The 2010 John Frederick Lewis Award of the American Philosophical Society, awarded for Alhacen on Refraction.
  • The 2001 John Frederick Lewis Award of the American Philosophical Society, awarded for Alhacen’s Theory of Visual Perception.

Jonathan Sperber

  • The 1998 Alan Sharlin Memorial Award of the Social Science History Association, awarded for The Kaiser’s Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany.
  • The 1993 German Studies Association Book Prize, awarded for Rhineland Radicals: The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848-1849.
  • The 1985 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association, awarded for Popular Catholicism in Nineteenth Century Germany.

Steven Watts

  • The 1988 National Historical Society Book Prize, awarded for The Republic Reborn: War and the Making of Liberal America, 1790-1820.

John Wigger

  • The 2018 Christianity Today's Book Awards, runner up in History/Biography for PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire.
  • The 2011 Smith/Wynkoop Book Award, Wesleyan Theological Society, for American Saint: Francis Asbury & the Methodists.
  • The 2010 Historical Society of the United Methodist Church Book Prize, awarded for American Saint: Francis Asbury & the Methodists.
  • The 2010 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.
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