The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces the open call for candidates to serve as S-USIH officers, with terms that cover June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. We encourage members who are interested to self-nominate by Ray Haberski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Dorothy Ross Award for best article published by an emerging scholar goes to Nick Witham for his article, “Popular History, Postwar Liberalism, and the Role of the Public Intellectual in Richard Hofstadter’s The American Political Tradition,” which appeared in The Historical Journal in 2016. In a competitive year, the article stood out for contextualizing Hofstadter’s breakthrough book and enriching our understanding of the postwar intellectual scene. The full citation from the prize committee appears below.
The Dorothy Ross Prize, first given in 2016, is awarded annually to the best article published the previous year by an emerging scholar, defined as a scholar within 5 years of receiving their PhD. The prize comes with a $500 cash award and is awarded at the annual conference, held this year Oct. 26-29 in Dallas, Texas. The Society would like to thank for their dedicated service this year’s award committee, James Kloppenberg (chair), Kimberly Hamlin, and Andrew Preston.
From the Prize Committee:
In this outstanding essay, Witham argues that Hofstadter’s American Political Tradition has been misinterpreted. Although Hofstadter is often placed in the company of “consensus historians,” Witham shows that rather than celebrating the American political tradition, Hofstadter was instead critical of Americans’ excessive individualism and focus on property accumulation. Witham’s essay pays close attention to the New York literary scene as well as developments within historical scholarship. It is contextual as well as textual: Witham examines the conditions of production of the book, including Hofstadter’s political formation in the New Deal era and Knopf’s decision to sponsor the fellowship that Hofstadter was awarded to write a popular history. Witham traces the rise of mass publishing made possible by the “paperback revolution” and the challenge of meeting Dwight Macdonald’s critique of “masscult and midcult.” He shows how Hofstadter worked to meet that challenge by crafting a narrative accessible to a wide range of readers. The American Political Tradition provides a complex and nuanced analysis, laced with irony and tragedy rather than the nostalgia and hero worship characteristic of much popular history. Making excellent use of the correspondence between Hofstadter, his editor, and his publisher, and also examining the reception and distribution of the book, Witham explains why the book was a commercial as well as critical success. This is intellectual history as it should be done. Witham’s article is based on exhaustive research, offers incisive analysis of multiple texts in multiple contexts, and is written with elegance and flair.
Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize for best article in US intellectual history by an emerging scholar (defined as a current graduate student or a scholar within 5 years of receiving the PhD). The article must have appeared in an academic journal in the 2016 calendar year and may be submitted by the author, editor, or anyone else. The winner will receive a certificate and $500. The prize will be announced in the spring and will be awarded at the S-USIH Annual Conference, held in Dallas, Texas from October 26-29, 2017.
Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2017
By February 1, 2017, please submit the article (page proofs acceptable), a copy of the table of contents of the issue in which it appeared, and the author’s email address to:
James Kloppenberg, Chair, 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize: email@example.com
We strongly encourage electronic submissions (preferably PDFs). But if you’d rather send photocopies, please send one copy to each of the following committee members:
James Kloppenberg, Department of History, Harvard University, 128 Pilgrim Road, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Kimberly Hamlin, 125 MacMillan Hall, Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056
Andrew Preston, Clare College, Cambridge University, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL, United Kingdom
The Dorothy Ross Prize is named in honor of Dorothy Ross, a pioneering historian of psychology and the origins of modern social science, and a prominent voice in diversifying our field. Currently the Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emerita of History at Johns Hopkins University, Ross takes special interest in working with emerging scholars, so the award aligns nicely with one of her primary interests. Along with several other professional positions, Ross currently sits on S-USIH’s Board of Advisors.
For more information contact:
Kevin M. Schultz, President, S-USIH
And see a pdf of the announcement.
Society for U. S. Intellectual History 2017 Annual Book Award
The Society for U. S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is pleased to announce its Annual Book Award for the best book in U.S. intellectual history. The book should be a work of original scholarship and should cover some aspect of American intellectual history. Books eligible for the 2017 award must be published in English in the period between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. Any member of the Society or any publisher may nominate books for the award. The winner will be announced in Spring 2017, receive a $250.00 prize, and participate in a panel on the winning book at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society, scheduled for October 26-29 in Dallas, Texas. The winning author must be a member of the Society at the time of this presentation.
A copy of the nominated book must be sent to each of the following three committee members no later than Feb. 1, 2017. A separate letter listing each entry should be sent to the committee so they can verify arrival of all entries.
Please see the official announcement for details regarding committee members and addresses.
CFP: S-USIH Panels at the OAH Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
April 6-9, 2017
Proposals are due by April 15, 2016.
For more information regarding the OAH annual conference please click here
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History will present up to two solicited panels as an affiliate organization at the Organization of American Historians meeting in New Orleans April 2017. We seek submission of proposals on any topic in the field of American intellectual history. Proposals should consist of:
- A panel description (250 words)
- Paper abstracts for three presenters (250 words each)
- A one-page cv for each presenter, plus a cv for the chair and/or commentator.
Send all documents to all three of the SUSIH affiliate committee members:
Ray Haberski email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cara Burnidge email: email@example.com
Lora Burnett email: LBurnett@collin.edu
Direct any questions or concerns to Ray Haberski
[Address updated: 1/22/2016, 10 am]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is currently accepting submissions for the inaugural Dorothy Ross Prize for best article in US intellectual history by an emerging scholar (defined as a current graduate student or a scholar within 5 years of receiving the PhD). The article must have appeared in an academic journal in the 2015 calendar year and may be submitted by the author, editor, or anyone else. The winner will receive a certificate and $500, generously donated this year by the Stanford Humanities Center. The prize will be announced in early summer and will be awarded at the S-USIH Annual Conference, held at Stanford University from October 13-15, 2016.
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2016
By March 15, 2016, please submit the article (page proofs are acceptable), a copy of the table of contents of the issue in which it appeared, and the author’s current email address to:
Sarah Igo, Chair, 2016 Dorothy Ross Prize: sarah.igo-at-vanderbilt.edu
We strongly encourage electronic submissions (preferably PDFs). But if you’d rather send off-prints or photocopies, please send one copy to each of the following committee members:
Sarah Igo, Chair, 2016 Dorothy Ross Prize Committee, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, PMB 351802, Nashville, TN 37235
Mark Peterson, 2016 Dorothy Ross Prize Committee, Department of History, UC Berkeley, 3229 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
Lisa Szefel, 2016 Dorothy Ross Prize Committee, Department of History, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97123
The Dorothy Ross Prize is named in honor of Dorothy Ross, a pioneering historian of psychology and the origins of modern social science and a prominent voice in diversifying our field. Currently the Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emerita of History at Johns Hopkins University, Ross takes special interest in working with emerging scholars, so the award aligns nicely with one of her primary interests. Along with several other professional positions, Ross currently sits on S-USIH’s Board of Advisors.
ANNUAL BOOK AWARD
FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2015
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2016
For contact information regarding where to send copies of books, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of the book award will be honored at the annual conference to be held at
2015 Book Award Committee
Emeritus Professor of History
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities
Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, History
University of California-Irvine
Please use this page to collaborate on creating COMPLETE PANELS for the 2016 conference.
The committee is especially eager to ensure ethnic, gender and institutional diversity at the conference. We welcome the participation of graduate students, independent scholars, and all faculty ranks.
Proposals may be for traditional paper sessions, roundtable format with audience comment, workshop/seminar-style discussions, “author meets critics” events, retrospectives on significant works or thinkers, or other formats that encourage the exchange of ideas.
Panels which take up our theme of “tools and traditions” in American intellectual history are encouraged, as are panels engaging the following topics, periods and methods:
- Gender as a Tool of Analysis
- Feminist Thought
- Early America
- Nineteenth Century America
- History of Capitalism
Agenda For S-USIH Business Meeting
Friday, October 16, 2015
Lafayette Park Room
- Call Meeting to Order and Introduction of Officers by Secretary (7:30-7:32)
- President’s Report (7:32-7:40)
- new administrative position—S-USIH Administrator
- John Dewey Book Award
- Henry F. May Fund drive
- Book Award Committee/Call for Nominations
- Board of Advisors proposal
- Treasurer’s Report (7:40-7:45)
- Secretary’s Report (7:45-7:50)
- Website updates
- Membership count
- Publications Committee Report (7:50-7:55)
- General updates
- committee updates (blog, book reviewing)
- comments and suggestions for the future
- 2016 Conference Chair Report (7:55-8:00)
- 2017 Conference Chair Report (8:00-8:02)
- Questions and Comments from the Floor (8:02-8:30)
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History is pleased to announce the results of the deliberation of this year’s Annual Book Award Committee. The committee, composed of Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin; Robert Westbrook, University of Rochester; and Howard Brick, University of Michigan (chair), awarded this year’s prize for best book of 2014 to Ruben Flores, Backroads Pragmatists: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press). The runner-up recognition went to K. Stephen Prince, Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (University of North Carolina Press). The committee sends the following statement:
Ruben Flores has written a startlingly original book about border-crossing theorists of education reform in Mexico and the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. In Backroads Pragmatists, we see a transnational flow of ideas that was fully bidirectional: Mexico’s postrevolutionary intellectuals and educational officials deployed principles of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education in fashioning a grandly ambitious program of rural schooling and national reconstruction, which subsequently impressed US social scientists and reformers in the Southwest as a model of cultural pluralism to emulate north of the border. Flores’s remarkable cast of characters includes those, such as George I. Sánchez, Marie Hughes, and Ralph L. Beals, who played pioneering roles in the 1940s court suits that ended the segregation of Mexican American students in California and Texas. In a work that represents transnational intellectual history at its best, rooted as deeply in the historiography of modern Mexico as in the US field, Flores reveals an unsuspected case of what might be called reverse modernization. We recognize Backroads Pragmatists as a major, stunning achievement.
The end of the Civil War forecast a reconstruction not only of the Southern economy, polity, and society but also of its identity. Southerners and, not the least, Northerners needed a new story about the South. K. Stephen Prince skillfully reveals and interprets the several stories—Northern and Southern, white and black–that contended for hegemony between 1865 and 1915, finding them at work in, among other places, travel accounts, novels, government documents, speeches, commercial expositions, and performing arts. He compellingly demonstrates how a Jim Crow nation emerged from a battle of narratives in which racial democracy was the loser. Pursuing his stories across a wide cultural spectrum and reading them with an acute sensitivity to their ambiguities and ironies, Prince himself proves a storyteller of the first rank. Stories of the South is an artfully constructed and beautifully written book—a fine addition to the rich literature on the origins of the New South.
The Society will have a panel with the winning author and the committee members at its annual conference in Washington, D.C., October 15-18. We thank the committee members for their thoughtful and careful deliberations, and send our congratulations to Ruben Flores and K. Stephen Prince!