Martin A. Klein Prize
The Martin A. Klein Prize in African History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year. The books must focus primarily on continental Africa (including those islands usually treated as countries of Africa). Eligibility will otherwise be defined quite broadly, to include books on any period of African history and from any disciplinary field that incorporates an historical perspective. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome.
The prize is named for Martin A. Klein, who is currently professor of history at the University of Toronto. Funding for the prize was completed thanks to a substantial donation from the late Dr. Mougo Nyaggah of California State University at Fullerton and his wife Dr. Lynette Nyaggah. Mougo Nyaggah was Klein’s first graduate student at the University of California Berkeley. Nyaggah credited the completion of his doctorate to Klein’s mentoring, guidance, enthusiasm, and commitment to the research and teaching of African history. He observed that, “There are many Martins who have or will mentor and inspire many Africanist students in American universities. Those mentors will be honored by this prize for their human and scholarly contribution.” The general rules for submission are:
- Books may be submitted by authors or publishers, by sending one copy to each of the members of the committee. Anthologies, encyclopedias, and other edited volumes will not be considered.
- Books with an imprint of 2013 are eligible for the 2014 award.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Klein Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator, or wcall 202-544-2422.
Contact Information for Committee Members
Send one copy to each committee member and complete the Data Collection Form.
|Tabitha Kanogo||Lisa A. Lindsay||Richard Roberts|
|Univ. of California, Berkeley||Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Stanford Univ.|
|Dept. of History||Dept. of History||Dept. of History|
|3229 Dwinelle Hall||Hamilton Hall, CB #3195||450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 200|
|MC#2550||Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195||Rm. 113|
|Berkeley, CA 94720-2550||Stanford, CA 94305-2024|
|Will accept e-book submissions|
2013 Klein Prize
Derek R. Peterson, Univ. of Michigan
Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent, c.1935–1972 (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Peterson’s Ethnic Patriotism explores the cultural and intellectual worlds of East Africa from the mid-1930s through the first decade of independence, identifying the communities of belonging created both by ethnic patriots who valorized loyalty to chiefs and elders and by upstart, cosmopolitan networks of Christian revivalists. By analyzing these divergent communities in multiple settings, Peterson demonstrates the contested nature of identity and belonging, the prevalence of dissent, and the problematic nature of nationalism.