Award for Scholarly Distinction Recipients
In 1984 the Council of the American Historical Association established an award entitled the Award for Scholarly Distinction. The awards go to senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States.
2014 Awards for Scholarly Distinction
Keith M. Baker, Stanford Univ.
Keith Baker is universally acknowledged as a brilliant and original intellectual historian and a preeminent interpreter of the 18th-century Enlightenment. Baker’s intellectual rigor is legendary among his students, as is his generosity as a mentor. He is a model of what it means to be an analyst of texts, a historian, and a teacher.
Susan Mann, Univ. of California, Davis
Susan Mann is unquestionably the premier historian of women and gender in late imperial/early modern China. Her work has promoted feminist scholarship as a powerful lens through which to reimagine Chinese history and enriched feminist scholarship by including the Chinese historical experience within its purview. Neither field will ever be the same.
Jan Vansina, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Jan Vansina’s cross-disciplinary experience in medieval European history and anthropology enabled him to provide a methodological paradigm for studying the pre-colonial African past. Vansina has published numerous monographs on Central Africa, continuing to innovate methodologically. We honor him here as a creative scholar, an institution-builder, and a mentor.