John H. Dunning Prize Recipients
The John H. Dunning Prize was created in 1927 by a bequest from Miss Mathilda M. Dunning, stipulating that a prize in American history be established in the name of her father. This biennial prize was first awarded in 1929, and has been awarded in odd-numbered years since 1991.
The prize is offered for the best book on any subject pertaining to the history of the United States.
2015 Dunning Prize
Kate Brown, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford Univ. Press)
Kate Brown’s Plutopia is a riveting example of interpretive narrative and comparative history, telling its story of expectation, exploitation, and unintended consequences with verve and passion. In addition to engaging writing, the book demonstrates impressive transnational reach as it weaves together deep archival research in scientific and government records—in both English- and Russian-language sources—with the personal accounts of individuals caught up in the nuclear policies and atomic disasters of the Soviet Union and the United States. In doing so, it offers a seamless integration of the history of science, spatial history, environmental history, and social history.