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. See the list of past recipients.

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 2020 are eligible for the 2021 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 “Kelly 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, 2021, to be eligible for the 2021 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2021 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2022 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans.

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).

Susan D. Amussen
samussen@ucmerced.edu 
Contact for Postal Address
 

Abigail McGowan
Univ. of Vermont
CAS Dean's Office
438 College St.
Burlington, VT 05405
amcgowan@uvm.edu

Jessica Pliley
1105 Cimarron Ct.
San Marcos, TX 78666-3172
pliley@gmail.com

Katherine Lee Turk
Univ. of North Carolina
Dept. of History
Hamilton Hall, CB #3195
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
kturk@email.unc.edu

Sasha Turner
Johns Hopkins Univ.
Dept. of History
3400 N. Charles St.
301 Gilman Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2685
sturner@jhu.edu