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 2018 are eligible for the 2019 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, 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).

Beth Bailey
Univ. of Kansas
Dept. of History
3650 Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
blbailey@ku.edu
Julie Hardwick
Univ. of Texas, Austin
Dept. of History
128 Inner Campus Dr. B7000
GAR 1.104
Austin, TX 78712-1739
jhardwick@austin.utexas.edu
 
Abigail McGowan
Univ. of Vermont
CAS Dean's Office
438 College St.
Burlington, VT 05401
amcgowan@uvm.edu
Barbara Molony
Santa Clara Univ.
Dept. of History
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0285
bmolony@scu.edu
Sasha Turner
Quinnipiac Univ.
Dept. of History
275 Mt. Carmel Ave., CAS 3
Hamden, CT 06518
sturner@quinnipiac.edu