Joan Kelly Memorial Prize Recipients

Named in memory of Joan Kelly, this prize is awarded annually for the book in women's history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928–82). The prize was established by the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and the Conference Group on Women's History in 1983, to be administered by the American Historical Association and carries a cash award of $1,000.

Submissions can deal with any chronological period, any geographical location, or any area of feminist theory that incorporates a historical perspective. Books should demonstrate originality of research, creativity of insight, graceful stylistic presentation, skilful use of analysis, and a recognition of the important role of sex and gender in the historical process. The interrelationship between women and the historical process should be addressed.


Dr. Carol Pal, Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge Univ. Press)


Dr. Gail Brook Hershatter and Dr. Ruth Mazo Karras, Gender of Memory: Rural Women in China's Collective Past (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Leslie J. Reagan, Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Susan E. Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820 (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Inst. of Early American History and Culture)


Dr. Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford Univ. Press)


Kathy Davis, The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels across Borders (Duke Univ. Press)


Dr. Mrinalini Sinha, Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire (Duke Univ. Press)


Dr. Dorothy Ko, Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Laura Gowing, Common Bodies: Women, Touch and Power in 17th-Century England (Yale Univ. Press)


Dr. Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America (Oxford Univ. Press)


Prof. Laura Wexler, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of US Imperialism (Univ. of North Carolina Press)


Dr. Elizabeth F. Thompson, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon (Columbia Univ. Press)


Dr. Linda K. Kerber, No Constitutional Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (Hill and Wang)


Dr. Ellen C. Dubois, Harriot Stanton Blatch and the Winning of Woman Suffrage (Yale Univ. Press)


Dr. Gail Brook Hershatter, Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in 20th-Century Shanghai (Univ. of California Press)


Prof. Ann B. Shteir, Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora's Daughters and Botany in England, 1760-1860 (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press)


Dr. Mary L. Felstiner, To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era (Harper Collins)


Dr. Mary Louise Roberts, Civilization without Sexes; Reconstructing, Gender in Postwar France, 1917-27 (Univ. of Chicago Press)


Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920 (Harvard Univ. Press)


Dr. Victoria de Grazia, How Fascism Ruled Women. Italy, 1922-45 (Univ. of California Press)


Dr. Susan A. Glenn, Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation


Dr. Laurel T. Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Alfred A. Knopf)


Dr. Joan Wallach Scott, Gender and the Politics of History (Columbia Univ. Press)


Mary H. Blewett, Women and Work: Class, Gender, and Protest in the New England Shoe Factory, 1780-1910 (Univ. of Illinois Press)


Dr. Linda Gordon, Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence, Boston, 1880-1960 (Viking Press)


Dr. Ruth Milkman, Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex During World War II (Univ. of Illinois Press)


Dr. Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy (Oxford Univ. Press)


Dr. Claire G. Moses, French Feminism in the 19th Century (State Univ. of New York Press)


Dr. Rosalind Pollack Petchesky, Abortion and Woman's Choice: The State, Sexuality, and the Conditions of Reproduction Freedom (Northeastern Univ. Press)