The Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize is an annual $400 prize that recognizes the best monograph in the field of history published by a WAWH member. Applicants to the Keller-Sierra Prize must be current members of WAWH when they submit their book. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply
The book must be a single-authored monograph based on original research. Anthologies and edited works are not eligible. The book must have been published in the year prior to the prize. Books may only be submitted for consideration once. Books cannot be submitted a second time as paperbacks or new editions. All fields of history are eligible.
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Submission forms for the 2021 prizes will be available in June 2020.
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Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019)
Honorable Mention: Katherine M. Marino
Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2019)
Ana Raquel Minian
Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press, 2018)
Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Carolyn Chappell Lougee
Facing the Revocation: Huguenot Families, Faith, and the King’s Will (Oxford University Press, 2016)
From the Judging Committee:
In Facing the Revocation: Huguenot Families, Faith, and the King’s Will (Oxford University Press, 2016), Carolyn Chappell Lougee demonstrates that she is a master of historical detective work. A book of profound erudition and breadth, Facing the Revocation traces the Robillard de Champagné family as they navigate the political landscape of the anti-Protestant Revocation of Louis XIV’s France. Like other Huguenots, members of the Champagne family had to decide whether to stay together or separate, to remain in France or resettle elsewhere, to convert or to remain loyal to their faith. By tracing the decisions and decision-making processes of one family, Lougee challenges widely held assumptions about the Huguenot story. Keeping “one eye on the storyline and one on the way the story is fashioned,” (3) Lougee steers clear of oversimplifications. This is at once a deeply human family story and a grand historical narrative, all finished off with an epilogue that outlines her methodology and archival investigations that, to the committee, offered the same sense of satisfying conclusion as does a delicious little bonbon at the end of a very fine meal.
The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
Lamaze: An International History (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Harvard University Press, 2013)
Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Burned Bridge: How East And West Germans Made The Iron Curtain (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of the French Empire, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Rebecca M. Kluchin
Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980, (Rutgers University Press, 2009).
Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France, (Johns Hopkins, 2008).
An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality, (University of California Press, 2007).
Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge, (University of California Press, 2006).
Lisa Forman Cody
Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Nazi ‘Chic’?: Fashioning Women in the Third Reich, Berg Publishers, 2004. (on Google Books)
Tanis C. Thorne
The World’s Richest Indian: The Scandal Over Jackson Barnett’s Oil Fortune, Oxford University Press, October 2003.
Lucy G. Barber
Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003).
Patricia A. Schechter
Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001).
To Have and To Hold: Marriage, the Baby Boom, and Social Change, (University of Chicago Press).
Margaret D. Jacobs
Engendered Encounters: Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934, (University of Nebraska Press, 1999).
Images of Rape: The “Heroic” Tradition and its Alternatives, (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Nina Rattner Gelbart
The King’s Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madam du Coudray, (University of California Press, 1998).
Pamela Beth Radcliff
From Mobilization to Civil War: The Politics of Polarization in the Spanish City Gijón 1900-1937, (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Estelle B. Freedman
Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition, (University of Chicago Press, 1996).
Susan L. Smith
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Black Women’s Health Activism in America, 1890-1950, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995).
Engendering Business: Men and Women in the Corporate Office, 1870-1930, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). (on Google Books)
Marilynn S. Johnson
The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II, (University of California Press, 1994).
The Rise of Public Woman: Woman’s Power and Woman’s Place in the United States, 1630-1970, (Oxford University Press, 1992).
Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice, (University Press of New England), 1991. [JSTOR review]
Mary Elizabeth Perry
Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville, (Princeton University Press, 1990).
Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America, (Oxford University Press, 1989).
Joan M. Jensen
Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850, (Yale University Press, 1986).
Dolores E. Janiewski
Sisterhood Denied: Race, Gender, and Class in a New South Community, (Temple University Press, 1986).
No Prize Awarded.
Sharon L. Sievers
Flowers in Salt: The Beginning of Feminist Consciousness in Modern Japan, (Stanford University Press, 1983). [JSTOR review]
Never Done: A History of American Housework, (Pantheon Books, 1982). [on Google Books]
Erna Olafson Hellerstein, Leslie Parker Hume, and Karen M. Offen
Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women’s Lives in Nineteenth Century England, France, and the United States, (Stanford University Press, 1981). [on Google Books]
Reception at the 2006 Conference for Keller-Sierra Prize winners