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, 2015, and April 30, 2016.
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. When available, nomination instructions are available by clicking on the box to the left.
Deadline and Notification
Nominations must be submitted through Interfolio by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Mailed, e-mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. 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.
2015 Cunningham Prize
Michael D. Welker, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, 2014)
“Nothing without a Demand: Black Power and Student Activism on North Carolina College Campuses, 1967–1973,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2014)
Faculty Advisor: James L. Leloudis
Richly documented, well organized, and clearly written, this essay examines postsecondary education in North Carolina amidst the social and political protest in the 1960s and 70s. Welker explores how bureaucrats, institutions, individuals and ideology intersect, revealing the resilience of the university as an institution, the difficulties people face when they try to change those institutions, and the irony that an ideology rooted in noncompromise required compromise in order to effect change. Shedding new light on the workings of Black Power at a range of North Carolina campuses, Welker combines the voices of students, nonstudent activists, administrators, and politicians and thoughtfully analyzes the role of African American studies at predominantly white institutions of higher learning.