Joan Kelly Memorial Prize

Established in 1984 and named in memory of Joan Kelly (1928–82), this prize is awarded annually for the book in women’s history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly. The prize was established by the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and the Conference Group on Women’s History (now the Coordinating Council for Women in History), and is administered by the American Historical Association. The general rules for submission are:

  1. To be eligible for consideration, submissions shall be books in any chronological period, any geographical location, or in an area of feminist theory that incorporates a historical perspective. Books should demonstrate originality of research, creativity of insight, graceful stylistic presentation, analytical skills, and a recognition of the important role of sex and gender in the historical process. The inter-relationship between women and the historical process should be addressed.
  2. Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Kelly Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.

Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.

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).

Amy M. Froide Rachel G. Fuchs Serena Mayeri
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County 4525 E. La Mirada Way Univ. of Pennsylvania
Dept. of History Phoenix, AZ 85044 Sch. of Law
1000 Hilltop Cir. 3501 Sansom St.
Baltimore, MD 21250 Philadelphia, PA 19104
Barbara N. Ramusack Judith Surkis  
834 Clifton Hills Ter. Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
Cincinnati, OH 45220-1408 Dept. of History 16 Seminary Pl.  
  Van Dyck Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1108