The American Catholic Historical Association awards the following prizes annually:
- The John Gilmary Shea Prize for a published book on the history of the Catholic Church broadly considered.
- The Howard R. Marraro Prize for a work on Italian history or Italo-American history or relations.
- The Peter Guilday Prize for a manuscript, accepted by the editors of The Catholic Historical Review, which is the writer’s first scholarly publication.
- The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award to assist a graduate student in the final stages of degree program.
- The Msgr. Harry C. Koenig Award for Catholic Biography (Book Prize) is presented in even-numbered years for a biography of a Catholic figure from any time period or region of the world.
- The Msgr. Harry C. Koenig Award for Catholic Biography (Journal Award) is presented in odd-numbered years for a published article that focuses on the life of a Catholic personage from any period of Christian history.
- Several distinguished service awards
John Gilmary Shea Prize is given annually to the author of a book, published during a preceding twelve-month period, which is judged by a committee of experts to have made the most original and distinguished contribution to knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible. The prize consists of $1500.
Books to be entered in the competition must have been published in the 2017 calendar year. Three copies, identified as entries, should be sent by June 15, 2018, one to each of the following members of the committee of judges:
Department of History
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 – 1540
Stephen Schloesser, S.J.
Department of History
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Crown Center 515
Chicago, IL 60660
Maureen C. Miller
Professor of History
University of California
Department of History
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
Shea Prize Winners, 2010-16
|2017||William B. Taylor||Theater of a Thousand Wonders: History of Miraculous Images and Shrines in New Spain||Cambridge University Press||buy|
|2016||Katrina B. Olds||Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain||Yale University Press||buy|
|2015||Maureen C. Miller||Clothing the Clergy: Virtue and Power in Medieval Europe, c. 800-1200||Cornell University Press||buy|
|2014||John W. O’Malley||Trent: What Happened at the Council||Belknap Press||buy|
|2013||Charles Keith||Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation||University of California Press||buy|
|2012||John Connelly||From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965||Harvard University Press||buy|
|2011||Ulrich L. Lehner||Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740-1803||Oxford University Press||buy|
|2010||Neal Pease||Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland 1914 – 1939||Ohio University Press||buy|
The Howard R. Marraro Prize is given annually to the author of a book that is judged by a committee of experts to be the most distinguished work dealing with Italian history or Italo-American history or relations that has been published in a preceding twelve-month period. It is named in memory of Howard A. Marraro (1879-1972), who was a professor in Columbia University and the author of more than a dozen books on Italian literature, history, and culture. In his last will Professor Marraro bequeathed to the Association a sum to be invested as a fund, the income from which would be awarded each year as a prize. The present amount of the prize is $1500.
Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
1. Each award will be given for the book or article deemed best by the committee, which treats Italian history in any epoch, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Entries must first have been published in English by a historian whose usual residence is North America.
2. Books or articles with an imprint of 2017 are eligible for the 2018 award.
3. Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
4. One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2018, to be eligible for the 2018 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the American Historical Association website in October 2018 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2019 AHA annual meeting in Chicago.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-544-2422.
Richard R. Drake
Univ. of Montana
Dept. of History
32 Campus Dr.
Missoula, MT 59812
Univ. of Kansas
Kress Foundation Dept. of Art History
1301 Mississippi St., Room 209
Lawrence, KS 66045
Steven F. White
Mount St. Mary’s Univ.
Dept. of History
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Marraro Prize Winners, 2010-16
|2017||John Howe||Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium||Cornell University Press||buy|
|2016||Andrew D. Berns||The Bible and Natural Philosophy in Renaissance Italy||Cambridge University Press||buy|
|2015||Nino Zchomelidse||Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy||The Pennsylvania State University Press||buy|
|2014||Daniel Stolzenberg||Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity||The University of Chicago Press||buy|
|2013||Areli Marina||The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age||The Pennsylvania State University Press||buy|
|2012||E. Natalie Rothman||Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects Between Venice and Istanbul||Cornell University Press||buy|
|2011||Michael Ebner||Ordinary Violence in Mussolini’s Italy||Cambridge Univ. Press||buy|
|2010||Stanislao Pugliese||Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||buy|
The Peter Guilday Prize is awarded for a manuscript, accepted by the editor of the Catholic Historical Review, that is the author’s first scholarly publication. Entries must be submitted as articles; those received in the editorial office by September 1 of any year will be considered for that year’s prize, the amount of which is $250. The winning article will be published in the following year. Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible.
Guilday Prize Winners, 2016-
|2017||Kathleen Walkowiak||“Public Authority and Private Constraints: Eugenius III and the Council of Reims”||Catholic Historical Review, Summer 2017|
|2016||Christopher Riedel, Ph.D.||“Praising God Together: Monastic Reformers and Laypeople in Tenth-Century Winchester”||Catholic Historical Review, Spring 2016|
The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award, which carries a purse of $1,500, memorializes the scholarship and teaching of Monsignor Ellis (1905-1992). Its purpose is to assist a graduate student working on some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.
Eligibility: Those wishing to enter the competition for the award must be citizens or authorized residents (i.e., permanent residents or on student visas) of the United States or Canada, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized institution of higher education.
Procedures: Applicants must submit copies of all application materials to the three award judges by September 30, 2018. Submissions may be e-mailed or sent via postal mail. Please ensure that all judges (whose contact information is listed below) receive a copy of your materials.
- a statement from the chairman (or director of graduate studies) of the applicant’s department certifying that he or she has completed all the degree requirements for the doctorate except for the dissertation, and has received departmental approval to undertake work on a dissertation topic dealing with some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church;
- a statement written by the applicant, not exceeding 1,000 words in length, describing the dissertation project and the way in which the award would be used to further its completion;
- two sealed letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s work, one of whom must be his or her dissertation director.
Dr. Mark A. Lewis, S.J.
Pontifical Gregorian University
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Robinson Hall B445
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr. Sandra Yocum
Department of Religious Studies
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
For submission information, you may also contact us by postal mail: ACHA, Dealy Hall 637, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458
Ellis Dissertation Prize Winners
|2017||Sean Rost||A Call to Citizenship: Anti-Klan Activism in Missouri, 1921-1928||University of Missouri|
The 2018 Koenig Book Prize for Catholic Biography is awarded for a monograph published in calendar year 2016 or 2017 that focuses on the life of a Catholic personage of any age or time. Entries must first have been published in English. The prize consists of $1500. The prize is presented in January at the Association’s annual meeting.
Deadline for submission is June 1, 2018.
Works to be considered for the Koenig Book Award should be submitted to the award committee members:
Professor Mel Piehl
1320 Chapel Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Professor David O’Brien
965 Main St. (Unit 10)
Holden, MA 01520
Professor John Ford
735 Walnut Ridge W
Logansport, IN 46947
Koenig Prize Winners (Book Award)
|2016||Franz Posset||Johann Reuchlin (1455-1522). A Theological Biography.||De Gruyter||buy|
|2014 (inaugural year)||Robert Ventresca||Soldier for Christ: The Life of Pius XII||Belknap Press||buy|
The Msgr. Harry C. Koenig Award for Catholic Biography (Article Award)
The Koenig journal article prize for Catholic biography is awarded on a competitive basis to the author who has produced a journal article that focuses on the life of a Catholic personage from any period of Christian history. A submission can either be published originally in English or translated into English and must be of a substantial length. Graduate students (Masters or Doctoral level) from accredited institutions of higher learning, independent scholars or faculty members are eligible to compete. Single and multi-authored works will be considered; book articles and edited volume articles do not qualify. Preference will be given to a submission that has appeared in a scholarly journal.
Awarded every odd-numbered year, the Koenig journal prize carries a cash award of $500 (in the case of multi-authored works, the prize money will be divided among the recipients). For consideration for the 2019 award, an article must have been published in calendar year 2017 or 2018. The deadline for submitting an article for consideration is April 30, 2019. An electronic copy of the article is to be sent to email@example.com.
The prize committee members are:
- Daniel Bornstein, Washington University in St. Louis
- Anne Klejment, University of St. Thomas
- Ulrike Wiethaus, Wake Forest University
Koenig Prize Winners (Journal Award)
|Paul T. Murray||‘The Most Righteous White Man in Selma’: Father Maurice Ouellet and the Struggle for Voting Rights||The Alabama Review 68.1 (January 2015)||Project MUSE|