John H. Dunning Prize

Next Award Year: 2017

The John H. Dunning Prize was created in 1927 by a bequest from Miss Mathilda M. Dunning, stipulating that a prize in American history be established in the name of her father, John H. Dunning. This biennial prize was first awarded in 1929, and has been awarded in odd-numbered years since 1991.

The John H. Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. The general rules for submission are:

  1. To be eligible for consideration, an entry must be of a scholarly historical nature and must be the author’s first or second book. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
  2. Only books bearing a copyright of 2015 or 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
  3. Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
  4. No more than five titles from any one publisher may be submitted.
  5. One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “John H. Dunning Award 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, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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).