2015 Prize Winners

2015 SHEAR Book Prize

The 2015 SHEAR Book Prize went to Shane White, in recognition of his book entitled Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire (St. Martin’s Press, 2015). Shane White is the Challis Professor of History and an Australian Professorial Fellow in the History Department at the University of Sydney specializing in African-American history.

James Broussard Best First Book Prize

The 2015 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to April R. Haynes, in recognition of her book entitled Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-Century America (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). April R. Haynes is an assistant professor of history at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The 2015 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Brian Phillips Murphy, in recognition of his book entitled Building the Empire State: Political Economy in the Early Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Brian Murphy is an assistant professor of history at Baruch College.

James Bradford Biography Prize

The 2015 James Bradford Biography Prize went to Mary Sarah Bilder, in recognition of her book entitled Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention (Harvard University Press, 2015). Mary Sarah Bilder is Founders Professor of Law and Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar, Boston College Law School.

Mary Kelley Prize

The 2015 inaugural Mary Kelley Prize went to Jen Manion, in recognition of her book entitled Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Jen Manion is an associate professor of history at Amherst College.

Article Prize 2015:

The 2015 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Rebeccah Bechtold in recognition of her 2015 Journal of the Early Republic article entitled “A Revolutionary Soundscape: Musical Reform and the Science of Sound in Early America, 1760-1840.” Rebeccah Bechtold is an assistant professor of English at the Wichita State University.

SHEAR Manuscript Prize 2015

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Donald F. Johnson in recognition of his 2015 Northwestern dissertation entitled “Occupied America: Everyday Experience and the Failure of Imperial Authority in Revolutionary Cities under British Rule, 1775-1783.” Donald F. Johnson is an assistant professor of history at North Dakota State University.

2014 Prize Winners

SHEAR Book Prize for 2014

The 2014 SHEAR Book Prize went to François Furstenberg, in recognition of his book entitled When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation  (Penguin Press, 2014). François Furstenberg is an Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

James H. Broussard First Book Prize for 2014

The 2014 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Brian Rouleau, in recognition of his book entitled With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire (Cornell University Press, 2014) Brian Rouleau is an assistant professor of history at Texas A & M University.

The 2014 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Catherine McNeur, in recognition of her book entitled Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press). Catherine McNeur is an assistant professor of Environmental History and Public History at Portland State University.

James Bradford Biography Prize for 2014

The 2014 James Bradford Biography Rachel Hope Cleves, in recognition of her book entitled Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2014). Rachel Hope Cleves is Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria.

Article Prize 2014:

The 2014 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Shane White in recognition of his Journal of the Early Republic article entitled  “Freedom’s First Con: African Americans and Changing Notes in Antebellum New York City.” Shane White is Challis Professor of Historyat the University of Sydney.

SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2014

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Sarah L. H. Gronningsater in recognition of her 2014 University of Chicago dissertation entitled “Delivering Freedom: Gradual Emancipation, Black Legal Culture, and the Origins of Sectional Crisis in New York, 1759-1870.” Gronningsater is assistant professor of history at the California Institute of Technology.

2013 Prize Winners

SHEAR Book Prize for 2013

The 2013 SHEAR Book Prize went to Walter Johnson, in recognition of his book entitled River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Belknap Press, 2013). Walter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University
Link Johnson book title to: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674045552

James H. Broussard First Book Prize for 2013

The 2013 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to W. Caleb McDaniel in recognition of his book entitled The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform  (Louisiana State University Press, 2013). W. Caleb McDaniel is assistant professor of history at Rice University.

The 2013 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Jessica M. Lepler in recognition of her book entitled The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Jessica Lepler is assistant professor of history at University of New Hampshire.

Article Prize for 2013:

The 2013 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to David Head in recognition of his Journal of the Early Republic article entitled  “Slave Smuggling by Foreign Privateers: The Illegal Slave Trade and the Geopolitics of the Early Republic” David Head is an assistant professor of history at Spring Hill College.

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2013: 

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Craig Hollander in recognition of his 2013 Johns Hopkins dissertation entitled “Against A Sea of Troubles: Slave Trade Suppressionism during the Early Republic.” Craig Hollander is a postdoctoral fellow in the history department at Princeton University.

2012 Prize Winners

SHEAR Book Prize for 2012 

The 2012 SHEAR Book Prize went to Amy S. Greenberg in recognition of her book entitled A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred S. Knopf, 2012). Greenberg is a professor of history and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University.

The 2012 SHEAR Book Prize went to Eliga H. Gould in recognition of his book entitled Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Harvard University Press, 2012). Gould is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

James H. Broussard First Book Prize for 2012

The 2012 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Adam Jortner in recognition of his book entitled The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier (Oxford University Press, 2012). Jortner is an assistant professor of History at Auburn University.

Ralph D. Gray Article Prize for 2012

The 2012 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Ruth W. Herndon in recognition of her Journal of the Early Republic article entitled “Poor Women and the Boston Almshouse in the Early Republic.” Herndon is an associate professor of history at Bowling Green State University.

SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2012

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Sari Altschuler in recognition of her 2012 CUNY  dissertation entitled “National Physiology: Literature, Medicine, and the Invention of the American Body, 1789-1860.” Sari Altschuler is assistant professor of English at the University of South Florida.