Established in 2012, the NJSAA Graduate Student Award recognizes excellence in graduate writing about New Jersey history. It is presented for a paper written by a graduate student that best represents significant research and writing about any aspect of New Jersey history.
Nominated works should be truly outstanding in all respects. Each paper will be evaluated on the basis of its narrative strength, the thoroughness of the author’s research and the mastery of sources, the quality of the author’s analysis of the paper’s subject, including its historical and historiographical context, and the appropriate use of standard forms of historical citation.
The winning author will receive a prize of $150, and the paper will be published in New Jersey Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal. This peer-reviewed journal is published online by the New Jersey Historical Commission in partnership with Rider University and Rutgers University Libraries. In addition, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance will invite the recipient to speak about her or his work at one of the Alliance’s 2015/2016 meetings.
Evaluators are historians chosen for the breadth and depth of their knowledge of New Jersey and American history, including members of the editorial staff of New Jersey Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal. The NJSAA Graduate Student Paper Award Committee Chair is Paul Israel.
Criteria for the award are listed here.
Nominations for the 2015 NJSAA Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History Award are due October 15, 2016.
Past recipients of the NJSAA Graduate Student Paper Award are:
Jonathan Cohen, University of Virginia, “This is Your Hometown: Collective Memory, Industrial Flight, and the Fate of Freehold, New Jersey."
Jarrett M. Drake, University of Michigan School of Information. “Off the Record: The Production of Evidence in 19th-Century New Jersey."
Steven Elliott, Federated Department of History, Rutgers-Newark/New Jersey Institute of Technology, “Sustaining the Revolution: Civil-Military Relations, Republicanism, and the Continental Army’s 1780 Morristown Encampment.”
Laurie Lahey, American Studies, George Washington University, “Too Much Singing: Christianity and the Limitations of Nonviolence in the Ghetto.”