About the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize

The John Hope Franklin Publication Prize is distributed yearly and honors the most outstanding book published in American studies for the year preceding the annual meeting. The awardee receives $1,000. The prize winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, November 9, 2018.

This award honors John Hope Franklin, an American historian who published dozens of books including the influential From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. He served as president of both the American Studies Association and the American Historical Association, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. Franklin taught at many institutions including: Brooklyn College, the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. His work was widely influential, providing context, for instance, for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

The period of eligibility for the 2018 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize includes books published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. To be eligible, books must be written in English by a single author, but the competition is not restricted to works printed in the United States. First books are eligible for both the Franklin and the Romero prize and may be submitted in both competitions. Nominated authors must be current ASA members.

Authors and publishers may submit books for review. For a book to be considered, complete this application form and upload a written statement that includes:

  1. The book's full title.
  2. Press name and place of publication.
  3. The official publication date.
  4. The author's ASA membership number and a statement confirming that the author's ASA membership is up to date for the year 2018.

Submissions for 2018

One paper copy and one electronic copy (if available) of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members no later than March 1, 2018. All entries must be clearly marked "Franklin Prize Entry." Late nominations will not be accepted.

Moon Ho-Jung, Department of History, University of Washington, 318 Smith Box 353560, Seattle, WA 98195-3560; (mhjung@uw.edu).

Alex Lubin, Department of American Studies, MSC 03 2110, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131; (alubin@unm.edu) and Chair of the Franklin Prize Committee.

Mireille Miller Young, Department of Feminist Studies, 4631 South Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7110 (mmilleryoung@femst.ucsb.edu).

This Year's Winner (2017)

María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States (Duke University Press, 2016)

Past Winners 1987-2016

  • 2016: Benjamin Looker, A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
  • 2015: Mireille Miller-Young, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014)
  • 2014: Raúl Coronado, A World Not To Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press 2013)
  • 2013: Lisa Marie Cacho, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (New York University Press, 2012)
  • 2012: Mark Rifkin, When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • 2011: Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010)
  • 2010: Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • 2009: Ussama Makdisi, Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press, 2008)
  • 2008: Julie Sze, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2007)
  • 2007: Jake Kosek, Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico (Duke University Press, 2006).
  • 2006: Rebecca J. Scott, Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2005).
  • 2005: Premilla Nadasen, Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge, 2004)
  • 2004: Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  • 2003: Emily Thompson, The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1953 (MIT Press, 2002)
  • 2002: Mary Renda, Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of US Imperialism, 1915-1940 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
  • 2001: Leigh Eric Schmidt, Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment (Harvard University Press 2000)
  • 2000: Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  • 1999: Matthew Frye Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • 1998: Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 1997)
  • 1997: Kevin Gaines, Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 1996)
  • 1996: Stephanie McCurry, Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country (Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • 1995: Elizabeth Lunbeck, The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender and Power in Modern America (Princeton University Press, 1994)
  • 1994: Angela Miller, The Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875 (Cornell University Press, 1993)
  • 1993: Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century (Louisiana State University Press, 1992)
  • 1992: Ramón A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came, The Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 (Stanford University Press, 1991)
  • 1991: Lawrence Fuchs, The American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture (Wesleyan University Press, University Press of New England, 1990)
  • 1990: Nathan O. Hatch, The Democraticization of American Christianity (Yale University Press, 1989)
  • 1990: Miles Orvell, The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 1989)
  • 1989: Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Fasting Girls: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa as a Modern Disease (Harvard University Press, 1988)
  • 1988: Marcus Rediker, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (Cambridge University Press, 1987)
  • 1987: Dell Upton, Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Virginia (The Architectural History Foundation, 1986)