The Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize

The Betty M. Unterberger Prize is intended to recognize and encourage distinguished research and writing by graduate students in the field of diplomatic history. The Prize of $1,000 is awarded biannually (in odd years) to the author of a dissertation, completed during the previous two calendar years, on any topic in United States foreign relations history. The Prize is announced at the annual SHAFR conference. The Prize was established in 2004 to honor Betty Miller Unterberger, a founder of SHAFR and long-time professor of diplomatic history at Texas A&M University.

Procedures: A dissertation completed in 2019 or 2020 may be submitted for the 2021 prize by the author or the author's advisor.


The Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize Recent Winners:

  • 2019 Jessica Levy, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2017 Zach Fredman, with Honorable Mention to Betsy Beasley

  • 2015 Mark Seddon, University of Sheffield

  • 2013 Jacob S. Eder, University of Pennsylvania

  • 2011 Thomas Field, London School of Economics, and Julia F. Irwin, Yale University

  • 2009 Gregory R. Domber, George Washington University

  • 2007 Jennifer Heckard, University of Connecticut

  • 2005 Jonathan Winkler, Yale University