Joan Kelly Memorial Prize

Established in 1984 and named in memory of Joan Kelly (1928–82), this prize is awarded annually for the book in women’s history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly. The prize was established by the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and the Conference Group on Women’s History (now the Coordinating Council for Women in History), and is administered by the American Historical Association. The general rules for submission are:

  1. To be eligible for consideration, submissions shall be books in any chronological period, any geographical location, or in an area of feminist theory that incorporates a historical perspective. Books should demonstrate originality of research, creativity of insight, graceful stylistic presentation, analytical skills, and a recognition of the important role of sex and gender in the historical process. The inter-relationship between women and the historical process should be addressed.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Kelly Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.

Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

Contact Information for Committee Members

Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).

Kathleen Brown Antoinette M. Burton Amy M. Froide
91 Merbrook Ln. 1801 Pleasant St. Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Merion Station, PA 19066 Urbana, IL 61801-5828 Dept. of History
Will accept e-book submissions   1000 Hilltop Cir.
at Baltimore, MD 21250
Serena Mayeri Judith Surkis  
Univ. of Pennsylvania Rutgers Univ.
Sch. of Law Dept. of History  
3501 Sansom St. 16 Seminary Pl.  
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Van Dyck Hall  
Will accept e-book submissions   New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108