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.
Dr. John W. Dower, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
Dr. Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Univ. of Washington
Dr. Walter F. LaFeber, Cornell Univ.
Dr. Alfred W. Crosby, Univ. of Texas at Austin
Dr. Donald E. Worster, Univ. of Kansas
Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Univ. of Chicago and Univ. of Sydney
Dr. Donald R. Kelley, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
Dr. Susan Naquin, East Asian studies, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Peter D. L. Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Prof., Stanford Univ.
Dr. Leon F. Litwack, America, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Saul Friedländer, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Prof. Joseph E. Harris, Howard Univ.
Dr. Michael Kammen, Cornell Univ.
Dr. Joan Wallach Scott, Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Jack P. Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Prof. emeritus, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Dr. Martin Duberman, Distinguished Prof. emeritus, Lehman Coll. and Graduate Center, CUNY
Dr. Anne Firor Scott, W. K. Boyd Prof. emerita, Duke Univ.
Dr. David B. Davis, Yale Univ.
Dr. Lloyd C. Gardner, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
Dr. Fritz R. Stern, Columbia Univ.
Dr. Lawrence W. Levine, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Nancy G. Siraisi, Hunter Coll., CUNY
Mr. David E. Underdown, Yale Univ.
Dr. John G. A. Pocock, Harry C. Black Prof. emeritus, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Mr. Arthur M. Schlesinger, City Univ. of New York
Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Univ. of Kentucky
Dr. Peter Gay, Yale Univ.
Dr. Wallace T. MacCaffrey, Harvard Univ.
Dr. Richard P. McCormick, American political, Rutgers Univ.
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, Univ. of Michigan
Prof. John Higham, American cultural and political, Johns Hopkins Univ.
Prof. Ernest R. May, American foreign policy, Harvard Univ.
Dr. Nikki Keddie, Middle East social/intellectual/gender, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Robert V. Remini, early America and Andrew Jackson, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Ramsay MacMullen, Roman Empire, Yale Univ.
Dr. Arno J. Mayer, modern Europe, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Earl Pomeroy, US West, Univ. of Oregon
Mr. Eugen Weber, modern France, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, Germany, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Tulio Halperin-Donghi, post-18th-century Latin America and Argentina, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Robert O. Paxton, modern France, Columbia Univ.
Dr. Alfred D. Chandler Jr, American economic and business, Harvard Univ.
Dr. Benjamin I. Schwartz, China, Harvard Univ.
Dr. August Meier, African American, Kent State Univ.
Dr. George L. Mosse, Europe, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Stanley J. Stein, Latin America and Brazil, Princeton Univ.
Dr. H. Stuart Hughes, modern European intellectual, Univ. of California, San Diego
Dr. Barbara Hadley Stein, Latin America and Brazil, Princeton Univ.
Prof. Lawrence Stone, Tudor Stuart England social/comparative, Princeton Univ.
Mr. George F. Kennan, US diplomatic, Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton Univ.
Dr. H. Leon Prather Sr., US South and African American, Tennessee State Univ.
Mr. Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, Russia, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Brian Tierney, medieval, Cornell Univ.
Dr. Emma Thornbrough, African American, Butler Univ.
Dr. George R. Woolfolk, African American, Prairie View A&M Coll.
Dr. Gerhart B. Ladner, medieval art and church, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Merze Tate, US diplomatic and international, Howard Univ.
Dr. Chester G. Starr, ancient, Univ. of Michigan
Dr. Gerda Lerner, 19th-century American social and women, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
Mr. Carl E. Schorske, modern Europe, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Nettie Lee Benson, Latin America/Mexico, Univ. of Texas, Austin
Dr. Margaret Atwood Judson, British constitutional, Douglass Coll., Rutgers Univ.
Dr. Kenneth M. Setton, medieval and Renaissance, Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Paul Oskar Kristeller, Renaissance, Columbia Univ.
Dr. Caroline Robbins, English political and constitutional, Bryn Mawr Coll.
Dr. Kenneth M. Stampp, Civil War and Reconstruction, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Helen G. Edmonds, African American, North Carolina Central Univ.
Dr. Sylvia Thrupp Strayer, medieval England/Europe, Univ. of Michigan
Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer, Japan, Harvard Univ.
Dr. Angie Debo, Native American, independent scholar
Dr. John Whitney Hall, Tokugawa Period Japan, Yale Univ.
Dr. Benjamin Quarles, African American and anti-slavery movement, Morgan State Univ.
Dr. Woodrow Borah, Latin America and colonial Mexico, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Dr. Felix Gilbert, Europe and history of political ideas, Inst. for Advanced Study, Princeton Univ.
Dr. Edmund S. Morgan, America, Yale Univ.
2013 Awards for Scholarly Distinction
John Dower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dower’s Embracing Defeat won the leading prizes in both US and East Asian history. He has also won acclaim as a teacher, and has been equally engaged with audiences beyond the campus; his name appears on Japanese and American op-ed pages and television screens as regularly as on scholarly rolls of honor. Engaging, pathbreaking, scholarly … what we’ve learned to expect from John Dower.
Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Univ. of Washington
Ebrey is the premier historian of Chinese women during the millennium-plus of the early and middle empire. Various topics that were once “unteachable” for lack of either sources or scholarship in English are now routinely covered because she helped fill those gaps. The past is a bigger and a less foreign country thanks to Pat Ebrey.
Walter LaFeber, Cornell Univ.
LaFeber is one of the scholars who re-invented the study of American foreign relations in the 1960s: not only transforming many specific debates, but lastingly changing our sense of what this field could be. The history LaFeber has given us is often sobering; but his presentation of it, in books, lectures, and elsewhere, has been both eye-opening and inspiring.