The Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize recognizes the best paper presented by a graduate student at the Annual Meeting. The awardee receives $500.
The award honors two scholars who both wrote influential and foundational essays outlining the importance of American Studies as an intellectual field and as an institutional movement: Gene Wise and Warren Susman.
Gene Wise was an American theorist and cultural historian best known for the foundational, “‘Paradigm Dramas’ in American Studies: A Cultural and Institutional History of the Movement.” In addition, Wise published American Historical Explanations: A Strategy for Grounded Inquiry in 1973. He taught at Case Western Reserve University and at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Warren Susman was a cultural historian who published an influential collection of essays in 1984 entitled, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century. Susman taught at many institutions, including Cornell University and Northwestern University, before settling in as a professor of American history at Rutgers University.