John H. Dunning Prize
Next Award Year: 2015
The Dunning Prize was created in 1927 by a bequest from Miss Mathilda M. Dunning, stipulating that a prize in American history be established in the name of her father, John H. Dunning. This biennial prize was first awarded in 1929, and has been awarded biennially in odd-numbered years since 1991.
The Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. The general rules for submission are:
- To be eligible for consideration, an entry must be of a scholarly historical nature. It must be the author’s first or second book, and have an imprint of 2013 or 2014. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry (no more than five titles from any one publisher) must be received by each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Late entries will NOT be considered.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2015.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, May 15, 2015. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 7–10, 2016, AHA annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Dunning Prize Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Dunning Prize
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (Univ. of Chicago Press)
American Nietzsche is an original, compelling, and revelatory contribution to intellectual history that provides a model for scholars struggling to explain the reception and significance of important thinkers, particularly European ones. Vividly written and deeply researched, American Nietzsche reshapes our understanding of early 20th-century thought and feeling in the US by showing the many and varied ways in which Nietzsche’s work mattered to so many different kinds of people for so many different reasons over such a long period of time.