Allan Nevins Prize

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The Allan Nevins Prize is awarded annually for the best-written doctoral dissertation on an American subject. The prizewinning work is published by one of the distinguished houses that support the prize: Basic Books; Bloomsbury Press; Cambridge University Press; University of Chicago Press; Columbia University Press; Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang; Harvard University Press; Henry Holt; Alfred A. Knopf; W. W. Norton and Company; University of North Carolina Press; Oxford University Press; University of Pennsylvania Press; Princeton University Press; Random House; Simon and Schuster; and Yale University Press. The prize is named in honor of the society's founder and first president.
 
 The 55th Annual Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize, 2015

Purpose: To honor dissertations for literary distinction and for making a significant contribution to historical knowledge.

Prize: A certificate and two thousand dollars, and publication by one of the publishers listed above. A certificate will be presented to the dissertation sponsor. The prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the society in New York on May 11, 2015.

Eligibility: The society defines history broadly and welcomes manuscripts on American arts, literature, and science, as well as biographical studies of Americans in any walk of life. The dissertation must have been defended or the Ph.D. degree received in the previous calendar year, between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Dissertations already accepted for publication are not eligible.

Submission: Dissertations should be submitted by the chair of the department awarding the degree or by the dissertation sponsor. Submissions should be bound or secured in an effective yet inexpensive fashion; they will not be returned.

The nomination letter should include complete contact information for the student, including a telephone number and an email address that will be valid as of spring 2015.  The nomination letter need state these facts and no others. No department may submit more than two dissertations.

Deadline:  One copy of the dissertation should be submitted no later than January 31, 2015, to each of the following committee members       

Douglas Brinkley
3200 Stratford Hills Lane
Austin, TX 78746

Megan Marshall
The Cullman Center Room 225
The New York Public Library
11 West 40th Street
New York, New York 10018

Ex officio:
Andie Tucher
Columbia Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027