Herbert Feis Award Recipients
Established in 1984, this award is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history during the previous 10 years. The prize is named in memory of Herbert Feis (1893–1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy, with an initial endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation. The prize was originally given for books produced by historians working outside of academe. In 2006, the scope of the award was changed to emphasize significant contributions in the field of public history.
2014 Feis Award
Naomi Oreskes, Harvard Univ.
Naomi Oreskes has shaped the practice of public history as an internationally recognized historian of science who has engaged with communities and professionals across the disciplines who wish to maintain the primacy of evidence, context, and truth in the dialogue between historians and public decision-makers. By insisting “history matters,” she has interjected and extended the role of the past in the public policy debates of the present, shaping the careers of her students, colleagues, and the communities that they serve.