Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize


This prize is designed to reward distinguished scholarship in the history of American foreign relations, broadly defined. The prize of $2,500 is awarded annually. The Ferrell Prize was established to honor Robert H. Ferrell, professor of diplomatic history at Indiana University from 1953 to 1990, by his former students.

Eligibility: The Ferrell Prize recognizes any book beyond the first monograph by the author. To be considered, a book must deal with the history of American foreign relations, broadly defined. Biographies of statesmen and diplomats are eligible. General surveys, autobiographies, or editions of essays and documents are not eligible. Nominations for the 2020 prize must have been published in 2019.

Procedures: Books may be nominated by the author, the publisher, or any member of SHAFR. Three copies of the book must be submitted. The award is announced during the SHAFR annual conference.

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

  • Send a letter of nomination to Prof. Susan Carruthers, Department of History, University of Warwick, Humanities Building, University Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK or [email protected]
  •  In addition, a copy of the book being nominated should be sent to each of the committee members:

--Prof. Susan Carruthers, Department of History, University of Warwick, Humanities Building, University Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
--Prof. Nancy Mitchell, 1208 Castlemoor Ct. Raleigh NC 27606
--Paul Thomas Chamberlin, Associate Professor, 516 Fayerweather Hall, Department of History, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
--Prof. Jussi Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, Case postale 1672, 1211 Genève 1, Switzerland

Books may be sent at any time during 2019 but must arrive by February 1, 2020.

Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize Recent Winners:

  • 2019 Sarah B. Snyder, From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy
  • 2018 Nathan J. Citino, Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967
  • 2017 Nancy Mitchell, Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War
  • 2016 Madeline Y. Hsu, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority
  • 2015 Frank Ninkovich, The Global Republic: America’s Inadvertent Rise to World Power
  • 2014 Gary Bass, The Blood Telegram:  Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
  • 2013 Frank Costigliola, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War
  • 2012 John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life
  • 2011 Nick Cullather, The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia
  • 2010 Mary E. Sarotte, 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe
  • 2009 George Herring, From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776
  • 2008 James F. Goode, Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941.
  • 2007 Robert L. Beisner, Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War
  • 2006 Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan
  • 2005 Kenton J. Clymer, The United States and Cambodia
  • 2004 William Taubman, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
  • 2003 Piero Gleijeses, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
  • 2000 Marc Gallicchio, The African American Encounter with Japan and China: Black Internationalism in Asia, 1895-1945
  • 1999 Emily Rosenberg, Financial Missionaries to the World: The Politics and Culture of Dollar Diplomacy, 1900-1930
  • 1998 Jeffrey Kimball, Nixon's Vietnam War
  • 1997 Robert Schulzinger, A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975
  • 1995 Norman Saul, Concord and Conflict: The United States and Russia, 1867-1914
  • 1994 John Lamberton Harper, American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean G. Acheson
  • 1993 no winner
  • 1992 Mel Leffler, A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War
  • 1991 David Anderson, Trapped By Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam, 1953-1961; Diane Kunz, The Economic Diplomacy of the Suez Crisis