Annual Meeting

The 2007 General Meeting

AHA Staff | Dec 1, 2006

The General Meeting of the AHA will take place Friday, January 5, 2007, at 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom East of the Hilton Atlanta. President-elect Barbara Weinstein (Univ. of Maryland at College Park) will announce the following prize and award recipients (names of the winners follow a brief description of the award):

Awards for Scholarly Distinction: Established in 1984, this annual award recognizes senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States. David Brion Davis (Yale Univ.), Lloyd Gardner (Rutgers Univ.-New Brunswick), and Fritz Stern (Columbia University)

Troyer Steele Anderson Prize: Awarded for distinguished service to the American Historical Association. Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)

Honorary Foreign Member: By this honor, conferred since 1886 upon 91 historians, the AHA recognizes distinguished foreign historians who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar's country. Ida Blom (Univ. of Bergen, Norway)

Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award: This prize is awarded annually for excellence in teaching techniques and knowledge of the subject of history at the post-secondary level. Carole Srole (California State Univ. at Los Angeles)

Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for K–12 Teaching: Established in 1994 to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching. Awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: individual and group. The 2006 prize will be awarded to an individual. Ron Briley (Sandia Preparatory School)

Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award: Established in 1992 by friends of Nancy Lyman Roelker to honor mentors in history, the award is offered on a three-year rotation. The 2006 award is for graduate mentors. Bruce J. Schulman (Boston Univ.)

Herbert Feis Award: Established in 1982, this annual prize recognizes distinguished contributions to public history during the previous 10 years. It was named after Herbert Feis (1893–1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy. Victoria A. Harden (American Univ. and National Institutes of Health, retired)

Herbert Baxter Adams Prize: Named for one of the Association's founding members who was also its first secretary, this prize was established in 1903 for works in the field of European history. It is offered annually for an author's first substantial book, and the chronological coverage alternates between the early European period one year and the modern period the next. The 2006 prize is for European history, ancient period through 1815. Stefanie B. Siegmund for The Medici State and the Ghetto of Florence: The Construction of an Early Modern Jewish Community (Stanford Univ. Press, 2006)

George Louis Beer Prize: Established by a bequest from Professor Beer, a historian of the British colonial system before 1765, this prize is offered annually in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. Mark Atwood Lawrence for Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (Univ. of California Press, 2005)

Albert J. Beveridge Award: This award was established in memory of Senator Beveridge of Indiana through a gift from his wife and donations from AHA members from his home state. It is awarded annually for the best English-language book on American history (United States, Canada, or Latin America) from 1492 to the present. Louis S. Warren for Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (Knopf, 2005)

Paul Birdsall Prize: Commencing in 1986, this prize, endowed by Hans Gatzke of Yale University and named in honor of the late Paul Birdsall of Williams College (d. 1970), is offered biennially for a major work in European military and strategic history since 1870. Mark Atwood Lawrence for Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam (Univ. of California Press, 2005)

James Henry Breasted Prize: Established in 1985, this prize, named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the AHA in 1928, is offered for the best book in English in any field of history prior to CE 1000. The prize has been endowed by Joseph O. Losos, a longtime member of the Association. Chris Wickham for Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400–800 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005)

Albert B. Corey Prize: Jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association, this prize is awarded biennially for the best book dealing with the history of Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries. John J. Bukowczyk, Nora Faires, David R. Smith, and Randy William Widdis for Permeable Border: The Great Lakes Basin as Transnational Region, 1650–1990 (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press & Univ. of Calgary Press, 2005)

John E. Fagg Prize: Established in honor of Professor Fagg, who taught Latin American history at New York University from 1945 to 1981, this prize is for the best publication in the history of Spain, Portugal, or Latin America. David J. Weber for Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment (Yale Univ. Press, 2005)

John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History: Established in 1968 by friends of John K. Fairbank, an eminent historian of China and a president of the AHA in 1967, the prize is an annual award offered for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan substantially after 1800. Madeleine Zelin for The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (Columbia Univ. Press, 2006)

Morris D. Forkosch Prize: The annual book prize recognizes the best book in English in the fields of British, British Imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485. Christopher Leslie Brown for Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2006)

Leo Gershoy Award: Established in 1975 by a gift from Ida Gershoy in memory of her late husband, this annual prize is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. Howard G. Brown for Ending the French Revolution: Violence, Justice and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2006)

The Clarence H. Haring Prize: This prize is awarded every five years to that Latin American who, in the opinion of the prize committee, has published the most outstanding book in Latin American history during the preceding five years. Marial Iglesias Utset for Las Metáforas del Cambio en la Vida Cotidiana: Cuba 1898–1902 (Ediciones UNION, 2003)

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History: This annual prize was established in 1983 by the Coordinating Council for Women in History and is administered by the AHA. It is offered for the best work in women's history and/or feminist theory. Dorothy Ko for Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding (Univ. of California Press, 2005)

Waldo G. Leland Prize: Established by the AHA Council in 1981, and named after a distinguished contributor to bibliographical guides, who served as secretary to the Association from 1909 to 1920, this prize is offered every five years for the most outstanding reference tool in the field of history. Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds., Marie Cantlon, associate ed. for Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America (Indiana Univ. Press, 2006)

Littleton-Griswold Prize: This annual prize is awarded for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society. Daniel J. Hulsebosch for Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664–1830 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2006)

J. Russell Major Prize: This prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history. It was established in memory of J. Russell Major, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990. Todd Shepard for The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (Cornell Univ. Press, 2006)

Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize: Established in 1973, this prize is offered annually for the best work in any epoch of Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Frank M. Snowden for The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900–1962 (Yale Univ. Press, 2006)

George L. Mosse Prize: This prize is awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance. It was established in 2000 with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Mosse, eminent scholar of European history. Sandra Herbert for Charles Darwin, Geologist (Cornell Univ. Press, 2005)

Premio del Rey: Endowed by a gift of Robert I. Burns S.J., from his Llull and Catalonia prizes, the Premio del Rey is awarded biennially for a distinguished book in English in the field of early Spanish history. Brian A. Catlos for The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050–1300 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004)

James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History: The James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History was created in 1998 in accordance with the terms of a gift from the late James A. Rawley, who was the Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It is offered annually to recognize outstanding historical writing that explores aspects of the integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century. Christopher Leslie Brown for Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2006)

James Harvey Robinson Prize: The James Harvey Robinson Prize was established by the AHA Council in 1978 and is awarded biennially for the teaching aid that made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes. Center for History and New Media, World History Matters

Wesley-Logan Prize: The Wesley–Logan Prize in African Diaspora History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. It is awarded annually for an outstanding book on some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement, and adjustment and/or return of peoples originally from Africa. Kenneth M. Bilby for True-Born Maroons (Univ. Press of Florida, 2005)

President's Address: After the presentation of awards and honors, AHA President Linda K. Kerber (Univ. of Iowa) will deliver her presidential address, "The Stateless as the Citizen's Other." She will begin, she writes, "by asking the playful but deeply tragic question: what passport could the ill-fated child of Madame Butterfly and Captain Pinkerton carry? Normally historians do not turn to an opera libretto for inspiration, but the story, which has captivated audiences throughout the world for a century, and which was regenerated in our own time as Miss Saigon, carries with it hints that help us map the landscape of statelessness in U.S. history, from the founding generation to the present.

Although statelessness is often treated by U.S. historians as belonging to other national histories—gypsies, Jews in Europe before 1945, Palestinians today—it has also lurked in the American national experience. Among those most vulnerable have been the enslaved, Native Americans, and U.S.-born women married to foreign men whose countries did not embrace them. When Hannah Arendt wrote memorably about the subject a half-century ago, statelessness was technically a term of the legal art, describing the limited class of people who lack a passport. In our own historical moment some privileged groups even enjoy multiple passports, yet the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship has come under severe attack, a threat that makes likely the increase of statelessness. As protections of citizenship erode for trafficked women and other laborers and for refugees who are refused asylum, the ranks of the stateless increase—in experience if not always explicitly in law. The stateless are constructed even as citizenship is made more accessible. Indeed, the meanings of citizenship—particularly in terms of access to state protection—may be changing. I shall try to examine the vulnerabilities of American citizenship in historical context, with attentiveness to the interaction between the United States and the world."

Following the meeting, members are invited to adjourn to the Grand Salon C of the Hilton Atlanta to attend the presidential reception.

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