Raymond J. Cunningham Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize annually for the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. The prize was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams.
The prize selection committee has typically given preference to articles that incorporate primary sources. The article must be published in a history department student journal between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017.
Each nomination packet should include the following:
- Award nomination form (You will be prompted to complete this form online in step 3 of the application process)
- A letter of support (no more than 2 pages) Be sure to include the name of the undergraduate author of the article, the publishing journal, and the faculty advisor.
- A copy of the article
Please note: Only ONE article from each history department student journal may be nominated.
The AHA has partnered with Interfolio to manage our nomination process. Submitting a nomination package through Interfolio is FREE for nominators. When submitting a nomination, if you don't already have an account with Interfolio, you will be asked to set up an account and create a password, but you will NOT be charged any fee to create the account.
Deadline and Notification
Nominations must be submitted through Interfolio by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. 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.
2016 Cunningham Prize
Griffin Bennett Creech, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, 2016)
“‘Our Revolutionary Cadres Are Always beside the Masses’: Reconsidering the Role of Khmer Rouge Cadres in Democratic Kampuchea,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2015)
Faculty Advisor: Donald Reid
Griffin Creech’s thoughtful, sophisticated, and well-written paper explores a topic that has not received much attention, the role of Khmer Rouge cadres in Democratic Kampuchea. Using memoirs and oral historical material, Creech reconstructed the day-to-day operations of KCP cadres at the grassroots level and was able to show that the Pol Pot regime had much less control over the countryside, where cadres not only held sway but also exercised what he terms “personalized, local authority.”