J. Russell Major Prize Recipients

The J. Russell Major Prize was established in 2000 by Mrs. Blair Major, in memory of her husband, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990. The prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history.

2013

Dr. Miranda Frances Spieler, Empire and Underworld: Captivity in French Guiana (Harvard Univ. Press)

2012

Dr. Malick Walid Ghachem, The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2011

Dr. Jeremy D. Popkin, You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2010

Dr. Stuart Carroll, Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe (Oxford Univ. Press)

2009

Dr. Rachel G. Fuchs, Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press)

2008

Dr. Amalia Deborah Kessler, A Revolution in Commerce: The Parisian Merchant Court and the Rise of Commercial Society in Eighteenth-Century France (Yale Univ. Press, 2007)

2007

Dr. Martha Hanna, Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War (Harvard Univ. Press)

2006

Dr. Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (Cornell Univ. Press)

2005

Dr. Barbara B. Diefendorf, From Penitence to Charity: Pious Women and the Catholic Reformation in Paris (Oxford Univ. Press)

2004

Dr. Steven L. Englund, Napoleon: A Political Life (Scribner)

2003

Dr. Jessica Riskin, Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment (Univ. of Chicago Press)

2002

Dr. Robert Wayne Harms, The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade (Basic Books)

2001

Dr. Debora Leah Silverman, Van Gough and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2000

Dr. Daniel J. Sherman, The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (Univ. of Chicago Press)