Dissertation Prize

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The World History Association invites submissions for the WHA Dissertation Prize to be presented for the best dissertation in world, global, or transnational history. A world history dissertation is one that examines any historical issue with global implications, including but not limited to the exchange and interchange of cultures, the comparison of two or more civilizations or cultures, or the study in a macro-historical manner of a phenomenon that had a global impact. To be eligible, the dissertation must be defended at an accredited Ph.D-granting institution between the dates of August 31, 2014 thru August 21, 2017.

The prize consists of a $500 award, a certificate, and a one-year membership to the WHA.

Submissions should include a cover letter, abstract, and a PDF file of your full dissertation. Email all materials to: info@thewha.org with the subject line “WHA Dissertation Prize.”

Entries must be submitted by October 1, 2017. Late entries and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified. The prize will be awarded at the WHA’s 2018 conference in Milwaukee, WI if the awardee is in attendance.

In the event that the panel of judges considers that the quality of the entries does not warrant the awarding of any prize, the judges shall have the right to make no awards available.

Questions regarding the prize or its guidelines should be directed to info@thewha.org.

Dissertation Prize

Barry McCarron
“The Global Irish and Chinese: Migration, Exclusion, and Foreign Relations Among Empires, 1784-1904.”

Kathryn Hain (Honorable Mention)
“The Slave trade of European Women to the Middle East and Asia from Antiquity to the Ninth Century.”

Isaiah Wilner (Honorable Mention)
“Raven Cried for Me: Narratives of Transformation on the Northwest Coast of America.”

Patrick Kelly
“Sovereignty and Salvation: Transnational Human Rights Activism in the Americas in the Long 1970s.”

Phillip Guingona (Honorable Mention)
“Crafted Links and Accidental Connections of Empire: A History of Early 20th century Sino-Philippine Interaction.”

Bryce Beemer
“The Creole City in Southeast Asia: Slave Gathering Warfare and Culture Exchange in Burma, Thailand and Manipur, 1752 – 1885.”


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