OAH Richard W. Leopold Prize


Richard W. Leopold Prize


Verification of current or past employment with the US government must be included with each entry.

The Richard W. Leopold Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author or editor of the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a US government historian or federal contract historian. These subjects cover the concerns and the historical fields of activity of the late Professor Leopold, who was president of the OAH 1976–1977.

The prize was designed to improve contacts and interrelationships within the historical profession where an increasing number of history-trained scholars hold distinguished positions in governmental agencies. The prize recognizes the significant historical work being done by historians outside academe.

Each entry must be published during the two-year period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

The award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the OAH in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7–10.

Submission Procedures

The winner must have been employed as a full-time historian or federal contract historian with the US government for a minimum of five years prior to the submission. If the author has accepted an academic position, retired, or otherwise left federal service, the book must have been published within two years of their separation date. Verification of current or past employment with the US government must be included with each entry.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2016 Richard W. Leopold Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions by October 1, 2015.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2015 and before January 1, 2016. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received no later than January 7, 2016.

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee by February 2016. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation, where she or he will receive a cash award and a plaque.

Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee

David Stebenne (Committee Chair)
Department of History
106 Dulles Hall
Ohio State University
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210-1367

Amy S. Greenberg
Department of History
108 Weaver Building
Penn State University
University Park PA 16802-5500

Greg Robinson
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Université du Québec à Montréal
Département d'histoire
Case postale 8888 succursale Centre-Ville
Montreal, QC H3C 3P8