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.


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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