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. The general rules for submission are:

  1. Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
  2. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  3. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Richards 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).

Manu Goswami Sumit Guha Rachel L. Sturman
New York Univ. Univ. of Texas, Austin Bowdoin Coll.
Dept. of History Dept. of History Dept. of History
53 Washington Sq. S., 4th Fl. 128 Inner Campus Dr. B7000 9900 College Station
New York, NY 10012-1018 Austin, TX 78712-1739 Brunswick, ME 04011-8499
manu.goswami@nyu.edu sguha@austin.utexas.edu rsturman@bowdoin.edu