Maxine Lurie Distinguished Service Award

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) has created a special annual award to recognize a career of important contributions to the field of New Jersey Studies. The Maxine N. Lurie Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in any area of the study and presentation of New Jersey history to a broad audience, as well as significant service to the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance.

The Academic Alliance is an association of scholars, academics, librarians, archivists, museum personnel, teachers, and others who study, write about, and teach about New Jersey. Its meetings provide a forum for scholars to discuss their work and its awards recognize the achievements of others in the field of New Jersey studies.

NJSAA will present the inaugural award to Maxine N. Lurie herself at Archives and History Day, Saturday, October 12, at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan, New Jersey. The public is most cordially invited to attend. See the Archives and History Day program at

Professor Lurie’s many accomplishments include public service, scholarship, and education, including the development and support of New Jersey studies programs for a broad audience that includes teachers. Her achievements have been recognized by numerous honors and awards.

Public Service

Professor Lurie is a cofounder of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and was its cochair then its chair from 1992 to 2018. She has been a member of the State Historical Records Advisory Board since 1997. Perhaps her greatest impact on New Jersey studies has been her

sixteen-year tenure as a member of the New Jersey Historical Commission, which she has served as chair of the Committee on Grants and Prizes, vice-chair of the Commission, and, since 2013, the Commission’s chair.


Her scholarly works and chapters in the books of others include Minutes of the East Jersey Proprietors 1764-1794 (coedited with Joanne Walroth; New Jersey Historical Society, 1985); A New Jersey Anthology (compiler and editor; New Jersey Historical Society, 1994; reprinted by Rutgers University Press, 2002; second edition, RUP, 2010); Encyclopedia of New Jersey (coeditor-in-chief, with Marc Mappen; RUP, 2004); Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape (coedited with Peter O. Wacker, cartography by Michael Siegel; RUP, 2009); New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (coedited with Richard Veit; author of chapter two, “Early New Jersey: The Colonial Period”; RUP, 2012); Envisioning New Jersey: An Illustrated History of the Garden State (coauthor with Richard Veit; RUP, 2016); “New Jersey: Radical or Conservative in the Crisis Summer of 1776,” in Barbara Mitnick, ed., New Jersey in the American Revolution (RUP, 2005); and “New Jersey: The Long Lived Proprietary,” in L. H. Roper and B. Van Ruymbeke, eds., Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750 (Brill, 2007). Two of these books fall into the category of works much desired that many thought would never exist: Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape is the badly-needed historical atlas; and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State is the one-volume New Jersey history many thought could not be done.

Professor Lurie was a founder of the on-line scholarly journal, New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and serves as a member of its editorial advisory board.


Maxine Lurie has taught American and New Jersey history at Seton Hall University for twenty-six years. She retired as chair and professor of history in 2010 and has served as a professor emerita since then. She teaches one of the state’s few undergraduate New Jersey history seminars and has stimulated others to teach similar courses at their institutions. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (where she received her Ph. D. in American history), Marquette University, and Rutgers University.

For twenty-five years, 1990-2015, she organized and presented after-school seminars and one-day teachers’ workshops for the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis’s Institute for Secondary Teachers. In 2001 and 20002 she presented week-long teachers’ seminars for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and from 2003 to 2010 was a featured presenter for New Jersey schools in a Teaching American History Projects series funded by the U. S. Department of Education. She is a former member of New Jersey National History Day’s advisory board and has been a New Jersey National History Day judge for more than a decade.

Awards and Honors

Professor Lurie and her works have been much awarded. The Historical Commission gave her its highest honor, the Richard J. Hughes Award, in 1997 for her many outstanding contributions to the study and teaching of New Jersey history. Also in 1997, she received the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference’s Service Award, and in 2009 was named Seton Hall University’s Arts and Humanities Researcher of the Year. The Encyclopedia of New Jersey received special recognition from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New York Public Library, the Academic Alliance, and the New Jersey Center for the Book. The American Association for State and Local History awarded Envisioning New Jersey an Award of Merit in 2018, and four of her books received NJSAA Author Awards: Mapping New Jersey (2010), A New Jersey Anthology (second edition, 2012), New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (2013), and Envisioning New Jersey (2017). She also received the New Jersey National History Day Educator of the Year for Service award in 2017.