Call for Nominations: Tom Watson Brown Book Award

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January 31, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Slavery, Military History

The Society of Civil War Historians solicits nominations for the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for books published in 2018. Publishers are asked to send books, along with a cover letter nominating the work for the Tom Watson Brown Award, directly to the four prize jurors no later than January 31, 2019. Only books published in 2018 will be considered.


All genres of scholarship on the causes, conduct, and effects, broadly defined, of the Civil War are eligible. This includes, but is not exclusive to, monographs, synthetic works presenting original interpretations, and biographies. Works of fiction, poetry, and textbooks will not be considered. Jurors will consider nominated works' scholarly and literary merit as well as the extent to which they make original contributions to our understanding of the period.


Ari Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, will chair the prize jury. The other members are Carole Emberton, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo, and Joshua D. Rothman, Professor and Chair, Department of History, The University of Alabama. Tad Brown, President of the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., will serve as a non-voting member of the jury.


The winner will be announced by August 1, 2019. The prize will be presented at the SCWH banquet at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting, where the winner will deliver a formal address that will be published in a subsequent issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era.


Nominated books with cover letters should be sent to:

  • Tad Brown, President, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., 310 Tom Watson Way, Thomson, GA 30824
  • Carole Emberton, Department of History, University at Buffalo, 546 Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
  • Ari Kelman, 1912 Arena Drive, Davis, CA 95618
  • Joshua D. Rothman, History Department, The University of Alabama, 202 ten Hoor Hall, Box 870212, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019. Submission instructions can be found on the SCWH website at

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