Thank You to the Donors of the New Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History

AHA Staff, October 2013

Thanks to the generous contributions of nearly 300 donors, the American Historical Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History, which honors Professor Bentley’s tireless efforts to promote world history and his signal contributions to the field.

Over the past 20 years, world history has developed into one of the most vibrant and energetic areas of the discipline—with a growing volume of books and monographs published in the field, and an expanding presence in history departments and doctoral programs. Professor Bentley played an indispensable role in this evolution. He began his career as a scholar of Renaissance Italy, but quickly became one of the leading figures in the world history movement of recent decades. He was the founding editor of the Journal of World History, and served from the first issue in 1990 until shortly before his death. He wrote one of the landmark works in the field in 1993, a study of cultural interactions within Eurasia entitled Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times. Through his work with the World History Association, the College Board Advanced Placement program, and his teaching at the University of Hawai'i, he helped to elevate world history into a thriving field of both scholarship and pedagogy.

The Jerry Bentley Book Prize in World History will be awarded to the best book in each calendar year in the field of world history. Any book published in English dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents, in any period will be eligible. The inaugural prize will be awarded at the AHA’s annual meeting in New York in January 2015, as part of the Association’s awards ceremony.

The AHA extends our warmest appreciation to all who contributed to the Bentley Prize Endowment Fund and to the spirited efforts of the Bentley Prize Fund Committee, led by Alan L. Karras and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, whose ambitious and creative fundraising drive helped to meet the prize endowment goals in less than a year. The Association is especially grateful to Carol Mon Lee for her generous contributions to the prize. The AHA also wishes to thank the high school teachers and college and university faculty who were readers at the 2013 College Board Advanced Placement World History Reading, along with attendees at the World History Association 2013 annual conference, who contributed to the fund in unprecedented numbers.

The Jerry Bentley Prize received generous support from:

$5,000 and Above

Carol Mon Lee
McGraw Hill Education, LLC
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust

$1,000 to $4,999

Lauren A. Benton
The College Board
John R. McNeill
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

$500 to $999

Robert B. Bain
Sharon Cohen
Ralph C. Croizier
Dirk Hoerder
David A. Northrup
Oxford University Press
Erik Vincent
Bin Yang

$100 to $499

Adam Matthew Publications Carol A. Adamson Joan E. Arno
Gareth M. Austin Houri Berberian Matthew Busbridge
Yinghong Cheng Prasenjit Duara Ross E. Dunn
Kathy J. Callahan David Gilbert Christian Cheryll A. Cody
Harold J. Cook Despina O. Danos Marc Jason Gilbert
Jack Andrew Goldstone Regina Grafe Alexandra M. Haugh Holtan
Richard H. Immerman William Chester Jordan Alan L. Karras
Brigitte K Lavey Ane J. Lintvedt-Dulac Xinru Liu
Craig A. Lockard Maxine N. Lurie Robert B. Marks
David G. McComb Laura J. Mitchell Peter C. Perdue
Marcus Rediker Jonathan Reynolds Alfred J. Rieber
Stacy Best Ruel Kaya Sahin Richard R. Schieffelin
David Schulz Bonnie G. Smith Peter N. Stearns
Robert B. Townsend Lester I. Vogel Joanna Waley-Cohen
Kerry R. Ward Rick R. Warner Theodore R. Weeks
Kären E. Wigen William R. Zeigler

$50 to $99

Edward A. Alpers Alfred J. Andrea Stephen Aron
Jan Becka Carol A. Benedict Craig Benjamin
Monica C. Bond-Lamberty Renate Bridenthal Charles C. Bright
Lisa Forman Cody Martha Craine Roger M. Dahl
Jon Thares Davidann Chad B. Denton Wendy J. Eagan
William R. Everdell Felipe Fernandez-Armesto Jean M. Fleet
Judy Ann Ford Vahid J. Fozdar David Goodwin
James R. Grossman Dixie Johnson Grupe Will Hanley
Charles D. Hart Aiqun Hu Deborah Johnston
David M. Kalivas Uldis Kruze Russell Levine
David Lindenfield Angelo J. Louisa Andrae M. Marak
Anne E. C. McCants Ruth Mostern Patrick Karl O’Brien
John R. Pincince Donna Rogers-Beard Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall
Jessica Ann Sheetz-Nguyen Adrian Shubert Richard Smith
Francesca Trivellato John E. Van Sant Peter Winn

$25 to $49

Muir Amie Hope Benne Frank P. Biess
Mike Burns Mandy Chalou John R. Chavez
Peter A. Coclanis Linda Jane Colley Timothy C. Connell
Eric Crahan George Joseph Dehner Ellen C. Dubois
Jennifer S. Duncan Laura Levine Frader Bryan S. Glass
Monica H. Green Robert L. Hardmond James Harris
Charles W. Hayford Laura E. Hein Richard S. Horowitz
Dale Hueben Cecil Barden Keeler Kevin Lewis
Martin Wayne Lewis Suzanne Marie Litrel Fabio T. Lopez-Lazaro
Mary Jane Maxwell Frederick J. McGinness Elizabeth Osborne
Barbara Bennett Peterson Sebastian R. Prange Tammy M. Proctor
Elaine A. Reynolds Christine E. Sears Anastasia Serghidou
Robert Shaffer Kathy Skelton Christine M. Skwiot
Douglas O. Sofer A. Jacqueline Swansinger Cynthia Talbot
Susan Taylor Kathleen S. Uno Jack C. Wells
Renee Wiseman

Up to $24

Jose Alfredo Bach Rebecca J. Bates Victoria Bayless
Michael Bigg Colleen Boyett Michael Brown
Melissa Buckner Steve Buenning Michael Calcagno
Christopher Campbell Troy Chan Michael Walter Charney
Philip Chisholm Tracy Colton Barbara Coulter
Judy Craig Kim Curran Susan Daly
June Davids John Davies Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante
Dema Deslaurier Susan L. Douglass Sean Dowlatshami
Jack R. Dukes Jery Dumois Peter Dykema
Jodi R. B. Eastberg Russell M. Fehr Paul Fillio
Kevin W. Fogg Darcie S. Fontaine Chad Douglas Frazier
Patricia Gardner Lawrence Mitchell Garrison Karen Sue Garvin
Trevor Russell Getz Sam Giordanengo Marlene Graef
Ryan M. Greenwood Patrick Grieco Sarah R. Hamilton
Anne Hardgrove Maria Teresa Harris Robanne Harrison
Jane Hedgecock Carmen E. Hernandez Lesli Louise Hicks
Kathryn Hodgkinson Jessica R. Hodgson Christine Holden
Vernon Horn Joseph G. Howard Bram Hubbell
Samuel A. Huckleberry Scott Alan Ickes Rebecca J. Jacobs-Pollez
Gabe James Jeffrey Allan Johnson Gerald Johnston
Tony Jones Christy Kessler Edward Thomas Kindle
Larissa Kopytoff Jeffrey D. Kovach Benjamin L. Landis
Chris Larue Chris Layson Angela Lee
Jonathan A. Lee Terrance L. Lewis Wenxi Liu
Sally Lyons Kara Macsuga Nicki Magie
Michael Hughes Markus Natalie McAdams John W. McCormack
Don McNaughtan Kyle Meidell Brenda Melendy
Charles Everett Milteer Andie Morgan Carol Munro
April Louise Najjaj Joyce O’Day Lorena Ortiz
Barbara Ozyna Joseph Paddenburg Cara E. Palmer
Bob Pannozzo Natalie Parker-Lawrence Kristine Y. Parsons
Frank Passaro Patrick Pasture Jerri Patten
Jennifer Pau Elizabeth L.B. Peifer Mary Lynn Pierce
Geoffrey Ryan Ralston Sherri Raney Broaderick Rivers
Carol Schmidt Lenore Schneider Ron Schooler
Gregory L. Schultz Pamela Dorn Sezgin Yvette Snopkowsia
Deborah Standford Mike Stefanowicz Emily Elaine Stewart
Igor Tchoukarine Ann O. Travis Anthony Todd Triola
Stephen Daniel Tuck Jim Uhrig Elizabeth L. Vandepaer
Beth Villenez Geoffrey H. Wallace Emily Warner
Roxann Weber Tammy Webster Sally West
Deborah Wing Leonard Kevin Witte Jason M. Wolfe
Charlton Yingling Howard Young