SHEAR Prizes 2017

The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic awards book prizes to original monographs or collections of original essays that deal with the period 1776-1861. Certainly, some books that are considered cover a slightly broader time frame. But in order to qualify, the book must make its primary scholarly contribution to the history of the early American republic. The book may treat virtually any aspect of history, including political, economic, social, or cultural history. Editions of primary sources will not be considered, nor will new editions of old books or anthologies of previously published essays.

For consideration, a book must have a copyright from the previous calendar year. For example, the awards given in July 2017 were for books that carried a 2016 copyright date. A book with a 2015 copyright date whose publication was delayed until 2016 was normally ineligible.

Prizes are awarded at the annual conference in July. For more information about SHEAR’s prize competitions, contact the Executive Coordinator at info@shear.org.

The SHEAR Book Prize and the James Bradford Best Biography Prize

The SHEAR Book Prize is awarded to an original monograph that makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the early American republic.

The James Bradford Biography Prize is awarded annually to the author of an original biography, broadly defined, of a person active during the era of the Early Republic.  Editions of primary sources will not be considered, nor will new editions of old books or anthologies of previously published essays. The award is named in honor of James Bradford, who served as SHEAR Executive Director from 1994 to 2004.

If you wish to make a nomination or nominations to the SHEAR Best Book or the James Bradford Best Biography Prize, please send a copy of each nominated book by March 1, 2018 to each prize committee judge:

Professor Martha S. Jones
University of Michigan
Department of History
301 Gilman Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
msjonz@jhu.edu

Professor Gregory Nobles
School of History and Sociology
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Georgia Institute of Technology
221 Bobby Dodd Way
Atlanta, GA  30332
ghnobles@gmail.com

Professor Manisha Sinha
University of Connecticut
Department of History
241 Glenbrook Road, U-4103
Wood Hall, U-4103
Storrs, CT 06269
manisha.sinha@uconn.edu

The James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize

The James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize is named for the individual most responsible for the creation of SHEAR as an academic organization. The prize is awarded annually to the best “first book” by a new author published in the previous calendar year and dealing with any aspect of the history of the history of the early American republic.

If you wish to make a nomination or nominations to the James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize, please send a copy of each nominated book by March 1, 2018 to each prize committee judge:

Professor Charlene Boyer Lewis
Kalamazoo College
Department of History
1200 Academy St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
charlene.boyerlewis@kzoo.edu

Professor April Haynes
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mosse Humanities Building
455 North Park St.
Madison, WI 53706
april.haynes@wisc.edu

Professor Ronald Johnson
Department of History
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
rj26@txstate.edu

The Mary Kelly Prize in the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The Mary Kelley Prize honors the best book published on the history of women, gender, or sexuality in the Early American Republic, and is named in honor of Mary Kelley, the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, who has produced path-breaking work on gender and intellectual history, the history of reading, and the history of education.

If you wish to make a nomination or nominations to the Mary Kelly Prize, please send a copy of each nominated book by March 1, 2018 to each prize committee judge:

Professor Nicholas L. Syrett
Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
University of Kansas
318 Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-1473
syrett@ku.edu

Professor Stacey Robertson
SUNY Geneseo
Office of the Provost
Erwin Hall 205-207
Geneseo, NY 14454
robertsons@geneseo.edu

Professor Kate Haulman
American University
History Department, Battelle-Tompkins
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
haulman@american.edu

The Ralph D. Gray Article Prize

The Ralph D. Gray Article Prize is named for the founding editor of the Journal of the Early Republic. The prize is awarded annually for the best original article published in the previous volume of the JER, as determined by a committee selected by the editors of the journal.

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize

In cooperation with Penn Press, SHEAR awards the SHEAR Manuscript Prize to an exceptional unpublished dissertation pertaining to the history of North America from 1776 to 1861. The prize is awarded annually for the best original article published in the previous volume of the JER, as determined by a committee selected by the editors of the journal.

If you have questions regarding any of the prizes, please contact info@shear.org.