J. Russell Major Prize

J. Russell MajorThe American Historical Association awards the J. Russell Major Prize annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history. The prize was established in memory of J. Russell Major, the distinguished scholar of French history who died on December 12, 1998, at the age of 77. Major served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990, and wrote 10 books, including Representative Government in Early Modern France and From Renaissance Monarchy to Absolute Monarchy: French Kings, Nobles and Estates. The general rules for submission are:

  1. Books with a copyright of 2018 are eligible for the 2019 award.
  2. 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.
  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 “Major 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: Entries must be received by May 15, 2019, to be eligible for the 2019 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2019 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2020 AHA annual meeting in New York City.

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).

Cecilia Gaposchkin
Dartmouth Coll.
Dept. of History
6107 Carson Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3506
m.c.gaposchkin@dartmouth.edu
Rebecca Spang
Indiana Univ.
Dept. of History
Weatherly Hall
400 N. Sunrise Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47402
rlspang@indiana.edu
Gary Wilder
113-14 72nd Rd.
Apt. 5H
Forest Hills, NY 11375-4615
gwilder@gc.cuny.edu