Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize

The Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book on Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italo-American cultural relations established by Howard R. Marraro (b. 1897), a historian of Italian culture. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Entries must be published in English by historians whose usual residence is in North America.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2019 are eligible for the 2020 award.
  3. Nomination submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. Publishers may submit as many entries as they wish. Authors or publishers may submit the same book for multiple AHA prizes.
  4. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  5. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.

Please Note: Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we are adjusting the submission process for AHA Book Prizes:

  • Nominators must complete the online prize submission form by MAY 15.
  • When possible, nominators are also encouraged to send hard copies (or e-books, if hard copies are unavailable) by the May 15 deadline to provide prize committees with ample time to review submissions.
  • However, we are extending the deadline to receive hard copies of books by JUNE 15.

Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2020 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2021 AHA annual meeting in Seattle.

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.

Contact Information for Committee Members

Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).

Daniel Bornstein
6243 Alamo Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63105
dbornste@wustl.edu
Jesse Locker
Portland State Univ.
Dept. of Art History
2049 SE 30th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
locker@pdx.edu
Roberta Pergher
Indiana Univ.
Dept. of History
Weatherly Hall
400 N. Sunrise Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47402
rpergher@indiana.edu