2022 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize Announcement

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Dear H-Civ War members,

The following announcement may be of interest to you, or your graduate students who have recently completed dissertations on topics related to Abraham Lincoln. Deadline for submission is October 1, 2021.


Michelle Krowl


The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) and the Abraham Lincoln Institute (ALI) invite nominations and submissions for the 2022 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, which includes a $1000 honorarium. 

Eligible doctoral dissertations must have been completed between 2019 and 2021. Preference will be given to Abraham Lincoln-focused dissertations, but studies that examine Lincoln’s history and political, cultural, and/or social legacy within a larger context (such as emancipation during the Civil War, Reconstruction, Lincoln administration policies involving indigenous peoples), will also be considered. Comparative studies (e.g., leadership studies, biographies) offering more than one chapter of Lincoln-related material will be considered, as well as studies of individuals traditionally associated with Abraham Lincoln. Submissions should offer new evidence or primary source materials, new interpretations, and/or a reevaluation of previously accepted conclusions.

Dissertations written in a language other than English between 2017 and 2021 are eligible, but must be translated and submitted in English.

Selection will be made by a joint ALA/ALI committee. The winner will be notified by January 2022, with the expectation of accepting in person (travel and lodging provided) at either the ALA Banquet on February 12, 2022, in Springfield, IL, or the ALI Symposium in March 2022, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. (pandemic conditions permitting).

Dissertations must be submitted by email as a PDF to Dr. Mark Pohlad (MPOHLAD@depaul.edu) and Dr. Michelle Krowl (mkrowl@aol.com).

Submissions must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Friday, October 1, 2021.