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.
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.