Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize

Deadline: October 31, 2016

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) announces its biennial competition for the Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize. The prize is awarded in odd-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920 published during the two years preceding the year of the award. It must be the author’s first book. The prize is given in honor of Vincent P. DeSantis, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, a distinguished historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Books written in English and published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016 are eligible. Authors or their publishers should send a copy of each nominated book to all three members of the prize committee. The postmark deadline for submission of books is Oct. 31, 2016. For books published between October 1 and December 31, 2016, final page proofs may be substituted, but in such cases, a bound copy of the book must be provided to each committee member. If a book was published during the eligible period but carries a different copyright date, include a letter of explanation with each copy mailed to the committee members.

Please Note: In order to be eligible, the nominated work must be an author’s first book.

The postmark date for nominations is: October 31, 2016.

The prize will be awarded at the SHGAPE luncheon held during the Organization of American Historians Annual meeting in New Orleans, April 6-9, 2017.
Authors or publishers with an eligible book must mail a short letter of nomination and one copy of each entry to each member of the prize committee (three copies in all). The addresses of the DeSantis Prize Committee are listed below.

Mailing Addresses (Clearly label each entry: “2017 DeSantis Prize Entry”):

  • Dr. Cara Caddoo, DeSantis Prize Committee Chair
    Department of History
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    Ballantine Hall 719
    1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47405


  • Dr. Albert Broussard
    History Department
    Texas A&M University
    Melbern Glasscock Building, Room 101
    College Station, TX 77843-4236


  • Dr. Thomas Mackey
    University of Louisville
    Department of History
    101 Gottschalk Hall
    Louisville, KY 40292