Bloomsbury-WHA Monograph Prize

Congratulations to the inaugural WHA/Bloomsbury Book Prize award winner Dr. Corina Gonzalez-Stout of Northwest Vista College (San Antonio, TX) for her monograph Prostitution & Carnal Vigilance in Cape Town.


2023 Inaugural Winner of the WHA/Bloomsbury Book Prize:

Dr. Corina Gonzalez-Stout, Northwest Vista College

Corina González-Stout is an Associate Professor of History at Northwest Vista College, a Hispanic-serving community college in San Antonio, Texas. She has taught a variety of courses in her 15-year career in higher education, including primary teaching assignments in World History I and II, as well as Mexican American History and U.S. Women’s History. Although Dr. González-Stout has had a passion for teaching that began in the 1990s as a first through third grade public school teacher in San Antonio’s southside, she is equally passionate about historical research and scholarship, and is thankful for recent opportunities to engage in this work.

Dr. González-Stout earned an M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008 and earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Africa in 2022 at the age of 50. Her specializations are in southern African history, with her scholarship focusing on themes and topics pertaining to sexuality, gender, race, colonialism, and power relations.

About the Diversity in World History Prize

Bloomsbury Academic and the World History Association are delighted to announce the inaugural Diversity in World History First Monograph Prize, in a partnership that seeks to improve the publishing opportunities available for early career scholars in world history, and to diversify the voices of those in the early stages of their career. This new annual prize will consist of an annual book contract, awarded to the candidate with the best proposal in the field of world history according to external reviews and chosen by the WHA committee and Bloomsbury’s editorial team.

Maddie Holder, the Senior Commissioning Editor for History at Bloomsbury, will offer two workshops and Q&A sessions per year focusing on revising PhD theses into monographs, and how to write a good book proposal for an academic press. Authors shall be invited to submit proposals for monographs in the field of world history between 70,000-90,000 words by 23:59 on 1st September 2023.


We are dedicated to welcoming applications from all backgrounds and identities, enabling Bloomsbury and the global publishing industry to be shaped and enhanced by diverse voices that reflect our culture and society. In this context, diversity encompasses those who have faced challenges in the early stages of their scholarly publishing career due to their:

  • Location
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Religion or beliefs
  • Gender identity
  • Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Class and/or socioeconomic background
  • Caring responsibilities

Applicants need to be WHA members at the time of the submission deadline – to encourage equal opportunity, the WHA will sponsor up to 10 memberships for those who require assistance. Submissions should be sent to the World History Association at

To learn more about the parameters suggested for submission view the workshop with Editor Maddie Holder of Bloomsbury:

2023 Prize timeline:

April 2023: The first free virtual workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 12pm EDT and accessible to all.  To register, click here.

June 2023: Maddie Holder to hold in-person workshop at the WHA conference. Announces the winner from the 2022 applicants. 

1st September 2023: Proposal submissions deadline to

September- December 2023: WHA committee select shortlist of 5

January-April 2024: Bloomsbury send shortlist proposals for external review

May 2024: Bloomsbury share feedback with proposal authors

June 2024: Bloomsbury and WHA choose winning proposal and announces at WHA conference


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