NEASA Awards

Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize

We welcome submissions from all fields within American studies, especially in the form of monographs for the Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize. The 2012 prize will be awarded at the fall conference, to a book published during 2010 and 2011 by a scholar living and/or working in New England. Inquiries may be directed to Ben Railton (brailton *at*; full contact information for the Prize Committee members will be listed here after the January Council meeting.

Congratulations to the 2010 co-winners of the Rudnick prize: Christopher Capozzola, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War One and the Making of the Modern American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2008); and Karl Jacoby, Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History (Penguin Press, 2008).  

Past Winners


Kevin Rozario, The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

James Campbell, Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (Penguin Press, 2006)

Bradford D. Martin, The Theater is in the Street (University of Massachusetts Press, 2004)

Peter Gibian,
Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Nancy Lusignan Schultz,
Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 (Free Press, 2000)

Lois P. Rudnick,
Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture (University of New Mexico Press, 1996)

Mary Kelley Prize

The Mary Kelley Prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the annual conference by a graduate student or non-tenure track scholar.

Inquiries may be directed to Gretchen Sinnett (grsinnet *at*

Congratulations to the Kelley Prize winner for 2011: Breanne Robertson (University of Maryland), "Guardians of San Diego History: Challenging Pan-Americanism in Donal Hord's Civic Center Sculpture."
Sample Past Winners:
Sheryl Kaskowitz (Harvard University), "God Ble$$ America: Contested Ownership of an Iconic Song."
Ziv Eisenberg (Yale University), "Red All Over: Protecting the American Body Politic from Infection in the Early Twentieth Century"; and Stefanie Head (University of Rhode Island, "Framing Freedom: Nation, Empire, and the Renovation of the National Archives Building."
Gretchen Sinnett (Salem State College), "A Virgin and Several Nymphomaniacs: Envisioning Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Late Nineteenth Century"; and Whitney Strub (California State University, Fullerton), "Lavender, Menaced: American Obscenity Law and the Suppression of Lesbian Sexuality."
Lori Harrison-Kahan (Boston College), "Blackface, White Negress: Sophie Tucker's Some of These Days."
Jennifer Snow (Columbia University), "Caste, Conversion, Citizenship: Missionary Discourse and the Race of the Hindu in the U.S. v. Bhagat Singh Thind."

The Lisa MacFarlane Prize (Undergraduate)

The Lisa MacFarlane Prize will be awarded to the best paper or project written and developed by an undergraduate on any subject related to American Studies. Papers or projects should represent original research, and they should be no more than 30 pages in length. Alternative forms of projects such as documentaries and creative projects should be accompanied by a written piece that demonstrates the research and contribution of the project to the field of American studies. Awards will be announced in time for the fall NEASA Conference, and winning undergraduates will be invited to present their work at the conference. The prize carries a stipend.

Inquiries may be directed to Ben Railton (brailton *at*;.

Congratulations to the MacFarlane Prize winners for 2011: Tim O'Connor (Boston College), "Deconstructing the Dark Knight: The Role of the Superhero Film in Post-9/11 America"; Zachary Sylvane (Boston University), "The Emersonian Individual."

Sample Past Winners:


Jenny Weissbourd, "Women's Rights and Women's Health in the Providence Physiological Society, 1850-1851."

Joey Fink (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
"Rights, Reform, and Respectibility:  New England Working Women's Claims to Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century"

Maggie O'Keefe (Yale University)
"Reclaiming the Reservation: A Case Study of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Land Management Policies on the Flathead Reservation"