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Organized Section 24: J. David Greenstone Book Prize

Politics and History Section Award Recipients

J. David Greenstone Book Prize
The J. David Greenstone Book Prize recognizes the best book in history and politics in the past two calendar years.


Robert Mickey
, University of Michigan
Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America’s Deep South, 1944-1972. Princeton University Press, 2015. 
2015  Erik Engstrom, University of California, Davis
Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of America's Electoral System. Cambridge University Press, 2014.  
2015  Samuel Kernell, University of California, San Diego
Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of America's Electoral System. Cambridge University Press, 2014. 
2015  Adria Lawrence, Yale University
Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2013. 
2014 Michele Dauber, Stanford University
The Sympathetic State (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
2014 Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
Fear Itself (Liveright, 2013)
2012 Julian Go, Boston University
Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
2011 James Mahoney, Northwestern University
Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
2010 Eileen McDonagh, Northeastern University
The Motherless State: Women’s Political Leadership and American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
2010 Anthony Chen, Northwestern University
The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972 (Princeton University Press, 2009)
2009 Karen Barkey, Columbia University
Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
2008 Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton University Press, 2007)
2007 Istvan Hont, University of Cambridge
Jealousy of Trade: International Competition and the Nation State in Historical Perpective (Harvard University Press, 2005)
2007 Marie Gottschalk, University of Pennsylvania
The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America (Cambridge University Press)
2006 Ken Kersch, Princeton University
Constructing Civil Liberties: Discontinuities in the Development of American Constitutional Law (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
2006 Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University
Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (Oxford University Press, 2005)
2005 Richard Valelly, Swarthmore College
The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement (University of Chicago Press 2004)
2005 Honorable Mention
Kathleen Thelen, Northwestern University
How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan(Cambridge University Press, 2004)
2004 Sonja Amadae, Eugene Lange College, The New School
"Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism" (University of Chicago Press, 2003)
2004 Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
"Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003)
2003 Mounira Charrad, University of Texas, Austin
States and Women's Rights: The Making of Post-Colonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001)
2003 Taeku Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era (Chicago University Press, 2002)
2002 Richard Bensel, Cornell University
Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2001 Uday Mehta, University of Pennsylvania
Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth Century British Liberal Thought (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
2000 Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University
Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American State 1877-1917 (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
1999 Peter Trubowitz, University of Texas
Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 Rogers Smith, Yale University
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (Yale University Press, 1997)
1998 Mabel Berezin, University of California, Los Angeles
Making the Fascist Self: The Political Culture of Interwar History (Cornell University Press, 1997)
1997 Stathis Kalyvas, New York University
The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996)
1996 Hendrik Spruyt, Columbia University
The Sovereign State and Its Competitors (Princeton University Press, 1994)
1995 Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza (Cornell University Press, 1993)
1995 Gerald Berk, University of Oregon
Alternative Tracks: The Constitution of the American Industrial Order 1854-1917, (Johns Hopkins University Press)
1994 Stephen Skowronek, Yale University
The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to George Bush (Harvard University Press, 1993)
1993 Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992)
1993 Karen Orren, University of California, Los Angeles
Belated Feudalism: Labor, the Law, and Liberal Development in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

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