John H. Dunning Prize
Next Award Year: 2017
The 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 Dunning Prize is awarded for an outstanding monograph on any subject relating to United States history. The general rules for submission are:
- 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.
- Only books bearing a copyright of 2015 or 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- No more than five titles from any one publisher may be submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Dunning Award 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, 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.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Dunning Prize
Kate Brown, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford Univ. Press)
Kate Brown’s Plutopia is a riveting example of interpretive narrative and comparative history, telling its story of expectation, exploitation, and unintended consequences with verve and passion. In addition to engaging writing, the book demonstrates impressive transnational reach as it weaves together deep archival research in scientific and government records—in both English- and Russian-language sources—with the personal accounts of individuals caught up in the nuclear policies and atomic disasters of the Soviet Union and the United States. In doing so, it offers a seamless integration of the history of science, spatial history, environmental history, and social history.