The Myrna F. Bernath Book Award

The purpose of this award is to encourage scholarship by women in U.S. foreign relations history. The prize of $2,500 is awarded biannually (even years) to the author of the best book written by a woman in the field and published during the preceding two calendar years.

Eligibility: Nominees should be women who have published distinguished books in U.S. foreign relations, transnational history, international history, peace studies, cultural interchange, and defense or strategic studies. Membership in SHAFR is required.

Procedures: Books may be nominated by the author, the publisher, or any member of SHAFR. Books will be judged primarily in regard to their contribution to scholarship. Three copies of the book (or page proofs) and a letter of nomination should be submitted. The award is presented during the SHAFR annual conference.

To nominate a book published in 2018-2019 for the 2020 prize,

  • Send a letter of nomination to Prof. Sayuri Shimizu; Department of History; Rice University; MS-42, P.O. Box 1892; Houston, TX  77251-1892 or [email protected].
  • In addition, a copy of the book being nominated should be sent to each of the committee members:

--Prof. Sayuri Shimizu; Department of History; Rice University; MS-42, P.O. Box 1892; Houston, TX  77251-1892
--Prof. Theresa Keeley; Gottschalk Hall; University of Louisville; Louisville, KY  40292
--Prof. Daniel Immerwahr;  1881 Sheridan Rd; Evanston, IL  60208

Books must arrive by February 1, 2020.

The Myrna F. Bernath Book Award Recent Winners:

  • 2018 Rebecca Tinio McKenna, American Imperial Pastoral: The Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines
  • 2016 April Merleaux, Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness
  • 2014 Amy Greenberg, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
  • 2012 Sarah Snyder, Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network
  • 2010 Michaela Hoenicke Moore, Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933–1945
  • 2008 Barbara Keys, Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s
  • 2006 Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America's Advance through Twentieth-Century Europe
  • 2004 Carol Anderson, Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955
  • 2002 Linda McFarland, Cold War Strategist: Stuart Symington and the Search for National Security
  • 2000 Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Transmission Impossible: American Journalism as Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany, 1945-1955; and Cecelia Lynch, Beyond Appeasement: Interpreting Interwar Peace Movements in World Politics
  • 1998 Brenda Gayle Plummer, Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960
  • 1996 Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and The United States, 1945-1992: Uncertain Friendships
  • 1991 Diane Kunz, The Economic Diplomacy of the Suez Crisis; and Betty Unterberger, The United States, Revolutionary Russia, and the Rise of Czechoslovakia