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