Prize Winners for 2020

SHEAR Book Prize for 2020

The 2020 SHEAR Book Prize went to William G. Thomas III, in recognition of his book entitled A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (Yale University Press, 2020).  William G. Thomas III is the John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska.

James H. Broussard First Book Prize for 2020

The 2020 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Christopher James Bonner, in recognition of his book entitled Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Christopher James Bonner is an Associate Professor of the History at the University of Maryland.

James Bradford Biography Prize for 2020

The 2020 James Bradford Biography Prize went to Lorri Glover, in recognition of her book entitled Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution (Yale University Press, 2020). Lorri Glover is the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University.

Mary Kelley Prize for 2020

The 2020 Mary Kelley Prize went to Katie Hemphill, in recognition of her book entitled Bawdy City: Commercial Sex and Regulation in Baltimore, 1790-1915 (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Katie Hemphill is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona.

Article Prize 2020:

The 2020 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Emily J. Arendt in recognition of her 2020 Journal of the Early Republic article entitled “‛Two Dollars a Day, And Roast Beef’: Whig Culinary Partisanship and the Election of 1840.” Emily J. Arendt is an Assistant Professor of History at the Montana State University Billings.

SHEAR Dissertation Prize for 2020

The SHEAR Manuscript Prize went to Elaine Lafay in recognition of her 2019 University of Pennsylvania History and Sociology of Science dissertation entitled, “Afflictions of the Tropics’ Brink: Medicine, Meteorology, and the Cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South. Elaine Lafay is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University.