Dorothy Rosenberg Prize
The Dorothy Rosenberg Prize for the history of the Jewish diaspora recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on the history of the Jewish diaspora published in English during the previous calendar year. Eligibility will otherwise be defined quite broadly, to include books on any period and from any disciplinary field that incorporates a historical perspective. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to depth of research, methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome. Anthologies, encyclopedias and other edited volumes will not be considered. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Rosenberg Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Rosenberg Prize
Libby Garland, Kingsborough Community Coll., CUNY
After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921–1965 (Univ. of Chicago Press)
While it has been assumed that mass Jewish immigration to America ended with the quota law of 1924, Libby Garland reveals how Jews circumvented its restrictions both upon leaving Europe and entering the US. She also insightfully captures the struggle of Jewish leaders to reconcile their support for the immigrants with their reluctance to break the law. Garland brilliantly uses Jewish history to provide excellent historical context for understanding contemporary debates about illegal immigration, thus making an outstanding contribution to both American history and the history of the Jewish diaspora.