Herbert Feis Award Recipients

Established in 1984, this award is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history during the previous 10 years. The prize is named in memory of Herbert Feis (1893–1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy, with an initial endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation. The prize was originally given for books produced by historians working outside of academe. In 2006, the scope of the award was changed to emphasize significant contributions in the field of public history.


Mr. Richard E. Turley, assistant church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for guiding the church’s significant history operations, including archives, museums, 25 historic sites, and a vast records management system


Dr. Richard Rabinowitz, founding president of American History Workshop, is a master of the exhibition as a form of public history


Dr. Alfred Goldberg, former director of the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A pioneer of modern public history, he has chronicled US military history for nearly seven decades


Dr. Heather Huyck, Coll. of William and Mary


Prof. Noel J. Stowe, Arizona State Univ. His legacy of service to the profession at the local, state, and national levels helped shape the practice of public history


Dr. Richard H. Kohn, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since retiring as chief historian of the US Air Force in 1991, he has become a respected public authority and trusted adviser on US civil-military relations


Dr. David DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Well known for his publications on the history of astrophysics, he has developed many innovative programs in the museum


Dr. Victoria A. Harden, American Univ. and National Institutes of Health, retired


Mr. Mark E. Landsman, Dictatorship and Demand: The Politics of Consumerism in East Germany (Harvard Univ. Press)


Mr. Jonathan Martin, Divided Mastery, Slave Hiring in the American South (Harvard Univ. Press)


Dr. Julia E. Sweig, Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground (Harvard Univ. Press)


Dr. Pamela C. Grundy, Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in 20th-Century North Carolina (Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Dr. Benjamin Filene, Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Dr. George Perkovich, India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Rachel P. Maines, The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria,' the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press)


Ms. Ann Vileisis, Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands (Island Press)


Mr. D. Michael Quinn, Same-Sex Dynamics among 19th-Century Americans: A Mormon Example (Univ. of Illinois Press)


Dr. David Conroy, In Public Houses: Drink and the Revolution of Authority in Colonial Massachusetts (Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Dr. Mark V. Wetherington, The New South Comes to Wiregrass Georgia, 1860-1910 (Univ. of Tennessee Press)


Dr. Liza Crihfield Dalby, Kimono: Fashioning Culture (Yale Univ. Press)


Dr. Edward E. Cohen, Athenian Economy and Society: A Banking Perspective (Princeton Univ. Press)


Dr. Edith B. Gelles, Portia: The World of Abigail Adams (Indiana Univ. Press)


Dr. James Allen Smith, The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the New Policy Elite (Free Press)


Mr. Burnett Bolloten, Spanish Civil War: Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1936-39 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Mr. Theodore Draper, A Present of Things Past: Selected Essays (Hill and Wang)


Dr. Marc Scott Miller, The Irony of Victory: World War II and Lowell, Massachusetts (Univ. of Illinois Press)


Dr. Larry E. Tise, Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 (Univ. of Georgia Press)


Mr. Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore (Alfred A. Knopf)


Dr. Thomas Doerflinger, A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia. (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Inst. of Early American History and Culture)


Dr. Pete Daniel, Breaking the Land: The Transformation of Cotton, Tobacco, and Rice Cultures since 1880 (Univ. of Illinois Press)


Dr. Albert E. Cowdrey, This Land, This South: An Environmental History (Univ. Press of Kentucky)