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 2020 are eligible for the 2021 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: 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).

Manan Ahmed
Columbia Univ.
Dept. of History
1180 Amsterdam Ave.
Fayerweather Hall 413
New York, NY 10027
Ebook Preferred

Daud Ali
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Dept. of South Asia Studies
820 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th St.
Philadelphia PA 19104

Ayesha Jalal
Tufts Univ.
Dept. of History
10 East Hall
Upper Campus Rd.
Medford, MA 02155-7077

Sebastian R. Prange
Univ. of British Columbia
Dept. of Asian Studies
607 - 1871 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Jayeeta Sharma
Univ. of Toronto, Scarborough
Dept. of Historical and Cultural Studies
1265 Military Trl.
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4