John F. Richards Prize

The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history published in English. South Asia is defined as the geographic area included in the modern states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Eligibility will be defined quite broadly, including books on any period or field of South Asian historical studies and works which integrate South Asian history with broader global issues and movements. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to depth of research, methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome. Anthologies, encyclopedias and other edited volumes will not be considered. See the list of past recipients.

The general rules for submission are:

  1. Books with a copyright of 2019 are eligible for the 2020 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. 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 “Richards 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.

The online submission form deadline has now passed, and we are no longer accepting nominations. Only books submitted through the form prior to May 15 will be considered for 2020 prizes. Hard copies of nominations submitted through the online form prior to May 15 can be received by prize judges until June 15, 2020.

Contact Information for Committee Members

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

Ayesha Jalal
92 Orchard St.
Somerville, MA 02144
ayesha.jalal@tufts.edu
Rajeev Kinra
1117 Grant St.
Evanston, IL 60201
r-kinra@northwestern.edu
Jayeeta Sharma
137 Langford Ave.
Toronto, ON M4J 3E5
Canada
jayeeta.sharma@utoronto.ca