Award for Scholarly Distinction
In 1984 the AHA Council established the American Historical Association Award for Scholarly Distinction to honor senior historians in the United States. Previous awards have gone to 75 eminent scholars.
AHA members are now invited to submit nominations. According to the selection criteria, recipients must be senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States. Generally, they must also be of emeritus rank, if from academic life, or equivalent standing otherwise. Under normal circumstances the award is not intended to go to former presidents of the Association; rather, the intent is to honor persons not otherwise recognized by the profession to an extent commensurate with their contributions.
A nominating jury appointed by the AHA Council will review the nominations and will recommend up to three individuals for approval at the Council’s spring meeting. The honoree(s) will be announced at the Association’s annual meeting.
The annual deadline for receiving nominations is April 1.
A complete nomination should include (1) a letter of nomination that contains specific details addressing the criteria listed above and (2) a two- to three-page CV of the nominee with a summary of major publications and career highlights. Additional letters of support can also be submitted, provided the entire package does not exceed 10 pages in length. Nomination materials should be sent electronically (preferred) or by mail to Sharon K. Tune, Director, Meetings and Administrative Operation, American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Awards for Scholarly Distinction
John Dower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dower’s Embracing Defeat won the leading prizes in both US and East Asian history. He has also won acclaim as a teacher, and has been equally engaged with audiences beyond the campus; his name appears on Japanese and American op-ed pages and television screens as regularly as on scholarly rolls of honor. Engaging, pathbreaking, scholarly … what we’ve learned to expect from John Dower.
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Univ. of Washington
Ebrey is the premier historian of Chinese women during the millennium-plus of the early and middle empire. Various topics that were once “unteachable” for lack of either sources or scholarship in English are now routinely covered because she helped fill those gaps. The past is a bigger and a less foreign country thanks to Pat Ebrey.
Walter LaFeber, Cornell Univ.
LaFeber is one of the scholars who re-invented the study of American foreign relations in the 1960s: not only transforming many specific debates, but lastingly changing our sense of what this field could be. The history LaFeber has given us is often sobering; but his presentation of it, in books, lectures, and elsewhere, has been both eye-opening and inspiring.