Dissertation Prize

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The World History Association awards the annual WHA Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in world, global, or transnational history—that 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 macrohistorical manner of a phenomenon that had a global impact. To be eligible, the dissertation must have been defended at an accredited Ph.D-granting institution between the dates of 31 August 2014 and 21 August 2017.

The prize, which consists of a $500 award, a certificate, and a one-year membership to the WHA, will be awarded at the WHA’s 2018 conference in Milwaukee if the awardee is in attendance.

The deadline for submission of entries for the 2017 award has now passed.  The 2017 prize is being funded by the generous donations from WHA Giving Tuesday.

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.

Contact the WHA with any questions regarding the prize or its guidelines.

Prize Committee

This year’s WHA Dissertation Prize Committee consists of six scholars:

  • Adam Clulow
    Monash University
  • Ross Dunn
    San Diego State University (emeritus)
  • Steward Gordon
    independent scholar
  • David Northrup, chair
    Boston College (emeritus)
  • Tammy Proctor
    Utah State University
  • Govind P. Sreenivasan
    Brandeis University

Past Winners


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 Twentieth-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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