Prize Winners for 2016

2016 SHEAR Book Prize

The 2016 SHEAR Book Prize went to Manisha Sinha, in recognition of her book entitled The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition  (Yale University Press, 2016). Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut.

James H. Broussard First Book Prize for 2016

The 2016 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Caitlin Fitz, in recognition of her book entitled Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016). Caitlin Fitz is an assistant professor of history at Northwestern University.

The 2016 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Matthew Karp, in recognition of his book entitled This Vast Southern Empire : Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (Harvard University Press, 2016). Matthew Karp is an assistant professor of history at Princeton Univeristy.

James Bradford Biography Prize for 2016

The 2016 James Bradford Biography Prize went to Jane Kamensky, in recognition of her book entitled A Revolution In Color : The World of John Singleton Copley (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016). Jane Kamensky is Professor of History and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library.

Mary Kelley Prize for 2016

The 2016 Mary Kelley Prize went to Laurel Clark Shire, in recognition of her book entitled The Threshold of Manifest Destiny: Gender and National Expansion in Florida (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Laurel Clark Shire is an assistant professor of history at Western University.

Article Prize 2016:

The 2016 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor in recognition of her 2016 Journal of the Early Republic article entitled “Etymology of Nigger: Resistance, Language and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North.” Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is an assistant professor of History at the Smith College.

SHEAR Manuscript Prize for 2016

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Michael Blaakman in recognition of his 2016 Yale dissertation entitled “Speculation Nation: Land and Mania in the Revolutionary American Republic, 1776-1803.” Michael Blaakman is an assistant professor of history at University of St. Thomas.

Prize Winners for 2015

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.