Past Prize Winners
ASECS ANNIBEL JENKINS BIOGRAPHY PRIZE
2015-17 - Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley, published by W.W. Norton and Company.
2013-15 - Co-Winners -- John B. Radner, Johnson and Boswell published by Yale University Press AND Michael Kwass, Contraband, Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground published by Harvard University Press
2011-13 - Nicholas Phillipson, Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life published by Yale University Press
2010 - William McCarthy’s Anna Letitia Barbauld: Voice of the Enlightenment published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Honorable Mention to Douglas Smith, The Pearl published by Yale University Press.
2006-08 - Joyce Chaplin, The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuite of Genius published by Basic Books.
2004-06 - Co-winners: Vincent Carretta, Equiano The African: Biography of a Self-Made Man published by the University of Georgia Press and Allan Greer, Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits published by the Oxford University Press
2002-04 - George Marsden, University of Notre Dame, Jonathan Edwards A Life (Yale University Press)
2000-2002 - Nicholas Boyle, University of Cambridge, Goethe, The Poet and the Age, Volume II, Revolution and Renunciation, 1790-1803 (Oxford University Press)
1997-2000 - Nina Rattner Gelbart, Occidental College, The King's Midwife (University of California Press)
1995-97 - Lloyd Kramer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Layfette in Two Worlds (University of North Carolina Press) and Richard Wendorf, Librarian - Houghton Library and Senior Lecturer on the Fine Arts, Harvard University, Sir Joshua Reynolds (Harvard University Press)
ASECS CLIFFORD PRIZE RECIPIENTS
2016-17 David Brewer, Rethinking Fictionality in the Eighteenth-Century Puppet Theatre, published in The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction
2015-16 Aaron Wile, “Watteau, Reverie and Selfhood” Published in The Art Bulletin
2014-15 Paola Bertucci, Enlightened Secrets: Silk Intelligent Travel, and Industrial Espionage in Eighteenth-Century France published in Technology and Culture
2013-14 - Melissa Mowry, "Past Remembrance or History: Aphra Behn's The Widdow Ranter or ow the Collective Lost its Honor"
2012-13 - Rebecca Messbarger, "The Re-Birth of Venus in Florence's Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History" published by the Journal of History of Collections
2011-12 - Melinda Alliker Rabb, "Parting Shots: Eighteenth-Century Displacements of the Male Body at War" published by ELH 78.
2010-11 - Co-Winners: Andrew Curran, “Rethinking Race History: The Role of the Albino in the French Enlightenment Life Sciences” published by History and Theory and Pekka Hämäläinen, “The Politics of Grass: European Expansion, Ecological Change, and Indigenous Power in the Southwest Borderlands” published by William and Mary Quarterly.
2009-10 - Suzanne Desan "Transatlantic Spaces of Revolution: The French Revolution, Sciotomanie, and American Lands" published by the Journal of Early Modern History.
2008-09 - Sean R. Silver "Locke's Pineapple and the History of Taste" published by The Eighteenth-Century. Honorable Mention to Richard Taws "Trompe-l'Oeil and Trauma: Money and Memory after the Terror published by Oxford Art Journal.
2007-08 - Co-winners: Catherine Molineux for "Pleasures of the Smoke: “Black Virginians” in Georgian London’s Tobacco Shops" and William A. Pettigrew for "Free to Enslave: Politics and the Escalation of Britain’s Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1688-1714" both published by William and Mary Quarterly.
2006-07 - Co-winners: Lauren Clay, "Provincial Actors, the Comédie-Française, and the Business of Performing in Eighteenth-Century France" published by Eighteenth-Century Studies and Mike Goode, "Blakespotting" published by PMLA.
2005-06 - Co-winners: Sarah Cohen, “Chardin’s Fur: Painting, Materialism and the Question of Animal Soul” published by Eighteenth-Century Studies and Lynn Festa, “Personal Effect: Wigs and Possessive Individualism in the Long Eighteenth Century” published by Eighteenth-Century Life.
2004-05 - Mark Blackwell, "Extraneous Bodies: The Contagion of Live-Tooth Transplatation in Late Eighteenth-Century England" (Published by Eighteenth-Century Life); Honorable Mention: Charlotte Sussman, "The Colonial Afterlife of Political Arithmetic: Swift, Demography and Mobile Populations" (Published by Cultural Critique 56, Winter 2004); Jeremy D. Popkin, "Facing Racial Revolution: Captivity Narratives and Identity in The Saint-Dominque Insurrection" (Published by Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 36, no. 4); Michael Kwass, "Consumption and the World of Ideas" (Published by Eighteenth-Century Studies)
2003-04 - Gregory S. Brown, “Reconsidering Censorship of Writers in Eighteenth-Century France” (Journal of Modern History)
2002-03 - Georgia Cowart, "Watteau's Pilgrimage to Cythera and the Subversive Utopia of the Opera-Ballet" (Art Bulletin)
2001-02- A. Roger Ekirch, "Sleep We have Lost: Pre-Industrial Slumber in the British Isles" (The American Historical Review)
2000-01 - Dror Wahrman, "Gender in Translation: How the English Wrote Their Juvenal, 1644- 1815" (Representations 65)
1999-2000 - John Crowley, "The Sensibility of Comfort" (The American Historical Review), Vol. 104, No. 3, 6/99
1998-99 - James Schmidt, "Cabbage Heads and Gulps of Water: Hegel on the Terror" (Political Theory), 26 (1998) 4-32
1997-98 - Holly Brewer, "Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia: " Ancient Feudal Restraints" And Revolutionary Reform" (William and Mary Quarterly, April 1997); Honorable Mention: Paul Baines, "'Our Annius': Antiquaries and Fraud in the Eighteenth Century" British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Spring 1997).
1996-97 - Mark Salber Phillips, "Reconsiderations on History and Antiquarianism: Arnaldo Momigliano and the Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Britain" (Journal of the History of Ideas, 1996).
1995-96 - Julia Douthwaite, "Rewriting the Savage: The Extraordinary Fictions of the 'Wild Girl of Champagne"' (ECS, Winter 1994-95); Honorable Mention: Michael McKeon, "Historicizing Patriarchy: The Emergence of Gender Difference in England, 1660-1760, Eighteenth-Century Studies (Spring 1995)
1994-95 - Christie McDonald, "The Anxiety of Change: Reconfiguring Family Relations in Beaumarchais's Trilogy, " Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History (March 1994);Honorable Mention: Linda Merians, "What They Are, Who We Are: Representations of the 'Hottentot' in Eighteenth-Century Britain," Eighteenth-Century Life (November 1993)
1993-94 - Trevor Ross, "Copyright and the Invention of Tradition," Eighteenth-Century Studies (Fall 1992).
1992-93 - Dennis Todd, "The Hairy Maid at the Harpsichord: Some Speculations on the Meanings Of Gulliver's Travels," Texas Studies in Literature and Language (University of Texas Press, Summer 1992); Honorable Mention: Dena Goodman, "Public Sphere and Private Life: Toward A Synthesis of Current Historiographical Approaches to the Old Regime" published in History and Theory.
1991-92 - Regina Janes, Beheadings," Representations (Summer 1991). Honorable Mention: Londa Schiebinger, "The Private Life of Plants: Sexual Politics in Carl Linnaeus and Erasmus Darwin" published in Science and Sensibility.
1990-91 - William Epstein, "Counter-Intelligence: Cold-War Criticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies" (Spring 1990).
1989-90 - Bernadette Fort, "Voice of the Public: The Carnivalization of Salon Art in Prerevolutionary Pamphlets," Eighteenth-Century Studies (Spring 1989). Honorable Mention: Dena Goodman, "Enlightenment Salons: The Convergence of Female and Philosophic Ambitions," Eighteenth-Century Studies 22: The French Revolution in Culture, ed. Lynn Hunt (Spring 1989): 329-50.
1988-89 - Daniel W. Howe, "The Political Psychology of The Federalist," William and Mary Quarterly (July 1987).
1987-88 - Terry Castle, "The Female Thermometer," Representations (Winter 1987); Honorable Mention: Yvonne Korshak, "Paris and Helen by Jacques Louis David: Choice and Judgment on the Eve of the French Revolution" published in the Art Bulletin, Vol. 69.
1986-87 - Shared by Syndy McMillen Conger, "The Sorrows of Young Charlotte: Werther's English Sisters 1785-1805," Goethe Yearbook (Spring 1986) and G.S. Rousseau, "The Pursuit of Homosexuality in the Eighteenth Century: 'Utterly Confused Category' and/or Rich Repository?", Eighteenth-Century Life (May 1985); Honorable Mention: Annabel Patterson, "Pastoral and Ideology: The Neoclassical Fete Champetre" Huntington Library Quarterly.
1985-86 - Joseph M. Levine, "The Battle of the Books and the Shield of Achilles," Eighteenth-Life (October 1984); Honorable Mention: Terry Castle, "The Carnivalization of Eighteenth-Century English Narrative" published in PMLA, Vol. 99.
1984-85 - John Barrell, "The Functions of Art in a Commercial Society: The Writings of James Barry," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation; Honorable Mention: Steven Blakemore, "Burke and the Fall of Language: The French Revolution as Linguistic Event"
1983-84 - Frederick Bogel, "Dulness Unbound: Rhetoric and Pope's Dunciad," PMLA (October 1982); Honorable Mention: Howard D. Weinbrot, "Masked Men and Saitre and Pope: Toward a Historical Basis for the Eighteenth Century Persona" published in Eighteenth-Century Studies.
1982-83 - Joel H. Baer, "'The Complicated Plot of Piracy:' Aspects of English Criminal Law And the Image of the Pirate in Defoe," The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation (Winter 1982); Honorable Mention: Elizabeth W. Harries, "Sterne's Novels: Gathering Up the Fragments", ELH 49 (1982)
1981-82 - Calvin Seerveld, "Telltale Statues in Watteau's Painting," Eighteenth-Century Studies, (Winter 1980-81); Honorable Mention: Margaret Jacob, "Clandestine Culture in the Early Enlightenment"
1980-81 - Issac Kramnick, "Children's Literature and Bourgeous Ideology: Observations on Culture And Industrial Capitalism in the Later Eighteenth Century," Culture and Politics from Puritanism to the Enlightenment, edited by Perez Zagorin (University of California Press, 1980); Honorable Mention: Dale Van Kley, "Church, State, and the Ideological Origins of the French Revolution: The Debate Over the General Assembly of the Gallican Clergy in 1765" published in Journal of Modern History.
1979-80 - Carole Fabricant, "Binding and Dressing Nature's Loose
Tresses: The Ideology of
1978-79 - Barbara Maria Stafford, "Toward Romantic Landscape Perception: Illustrated Travels and the Rise of Singularity as an Aesthetic Category," The Art Quarterly (Autumn 1977.
1977-78 - Judith Colton, "Merlin's Cave and Queen Caroline: Garden Art as Political Propaganda," Eighteenth-Century Studies (Fall 1976).
ASECS GOTTSCHALK PRIZE RECIPIENTS
2016-17 - John O’Brien, Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850 published by the University of Chicago
2015-16 - Rebecca Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution published by Harvard University Press
2015-16 - Honorable Mention - Susan S. Lanser, The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830 published by The University of Chicago Press
2014-15 - Vittoria Di Palma, Wasteland: A History published by Yale University Press
2013-14 - William B. Warner, Protocols of Liberty: Communication Innovation and the American Revolution, published by the University of Chicago Press.
2012-13 - Nicholas D. Paige, Before Fiction: The Ancien Regime of the Novel, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press
2011-12 - David Eltis and David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, published by Yale University Press
2010-11 - Margaret Cohen, The Novel and the Sea, published by Princeton University Press.
2009-10 - David Hancock, Oceans of Wine: Madeira and the Emergence of American Trade and Taste, published by Yale University Press.
2008-09 - Vincent Brown, The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery published by Harvard University Press.
2007-08 - David A. Bell, The First Total War published by Houghton Mifflin Company
2006-07 - Martin Brückner, The Geographic Revolution in Early America published by the University of North Carolina Press. Honorable Mention to Michael McKeon, The Secret History of Domesticity: Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
2005-06 - David Marshall, The Frame of Art: Fictions of Aesthetic Experience, 1750-1815, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
2004-05 - Dror Wahrman, The Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale University Press, 2004)
2003-04 - Mary Terrall, The Man Who Flattened the Earth (University of Chicago Press)
2002-03 - Ellen T. Harris, Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard University Press)
2001-02 - Daniel K. Richter, Facing East from Indian Country (Harvard University Press, 2001)
2000-01 - Rebecca L. Spang, The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (Harvard University Press, 2000)
1999-2000 - Mary Poovey, A History of the Modern Fact (The University of Chicago Press)
1998-99 - Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (The University of Chicago Press)
1997-98 - Stuart Sherman, Telling Time Clocks Diaries and English Diurnal Form 1660-1785 (The University of Chicago Press)
1996-97 - Steven L. Kaplan, The Bakers of Paris and the Bread Question 1700-1775 (Cornell University Press)
1995-96 - Susan Juster, Disorderly Women: Sexual Politics and Evangelicalism in Revolutionary New England (University of Michigan)
1994-95 - Daniel Vickers, Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850 (The University of North Carolina Press)
1993-94 - Gananath Obeyesekere, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (Princeton University Press) Honorable Mention to Madelyn Gutwirth, The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era (Rutgers University Press)
1991-93 - Shared by Joseph M. Levin, The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (Cornell University Press) and Barbara Maria Stafford, Body Criticism: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine (MIT Press)
1990-91- J. Paul Hunter, Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (W.W. Norton)
1989-90 - Shared by Felicity A. Nussbaum, The Autobiographical Subject: Gender and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century England (JJohn Hopkins University Press) and Jeremy D. Popkin, News and Politics in the Age of Revolution (Cornell University Press)
1988-89 - Damie Stillman, English Neo-Classical Architecture. 2 Vols. (Zwemmer)
1987-88 - John Bender, Imagining the Pentitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind I Eighteenth-Century England (University of Chicago Press)
1986-87 - J.M. Beattie, Crime and the Courts in England, 1660-1800 (Princeton University Press)
1985-86 - Michael Mooney, Vico in the Tradition of Rhetoric ((Princeton University Press)
1984-85 - David B. Morris, Alexander Pope: The Genius of Sense (Harvard University Press)
1983-84 - Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Work, and the Age (Harvard University Press)
1982-83- John Sitter, Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England (Cornell University Press)
1981-82 - H.C. Robbins Landon, Haydn: A Documentary Study (Rizzoli International Publications)
1980-81 - Michael Fried, Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (University of California Press)
1979-80 - James L. Clifford, Dictionary Johnson: Samuel Johnson's Middle Years (McGraw-Hill)
1978-79 - Morris R. Brownell, Alexander Pope and the Arts of Georgian England (Clarendon Press)
1977-78 - John G.A. Pocock, The Political Writings of James Harrington (Cambridge University Press)
1976-77 - Margaret C. Jacob, The Newtonians and the English Revolution, 1689-1720 (Cornell University Press).
ASECS GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE PAPER PRIZE RECIPIENTS
2015-16 - Tracey Hutchings-Goetz "Feeling the Feline: Or, Catching the Cat in Eighteenth-Century Sensualist Philosophy"
2014 - 15 - Michael Nicholson "Occasional Time: Fugitive Poetics from Walpole to Byron".
2013-14 - Hyejin Lee, Univrsity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Instrument as Ornament: Barometers and Luxury of Weather-Watching"
2012-13 - Jason Farr, University of California, San Diego, "William Hay's Critique of the Ugly Club"
2011-12 - Jessie Reeder, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Juxtaposed Histories: Barbauld at the Crossroads of Latin American Independence.
Honorable mention to Kevin Bourque, University of Texas at Austin, "Kitty Fisher, the Making of Public Beauty, and the Viral Nature of Eighteenth-Century Celebrity" AND Glenda Goodman, Harvard University, "The Economy of Accomplishment: Aesthetics and Labor in Women's Musical Lives"
2010-11 - Shirley F. Tung, "Manuscripts 'Mangle'd and falsify'd': Lady Mary Wortle Montagu's '1736 Address'd To--' and The London Magazine"
2009-10 - Sarah Nicolazzo, "Bodies that Suffer: Affects and Aesthetics of Slavery in James Grainger's The Sugar Cane"
2008-09 - Anna Foy, "Georgic Joining: 'Amorous Dalliance' and the 'Wild Banshaw' in James Grainger's The Sugar Cane (1764)
2007-08 - Brian Repetto "Butchering the Nation: Masculinity, Radicalism, and a Fissure in National Identify in 1784"
2006-07 - Will Slauter "News and Speculation in the Age of the American Revolution"
2005-06 - Co-winners - Christopher Loar “Technology and the Foundations of Government; The Politics of Violence in Gulliver’s Travels” and Guy Tal “Disease and Disbelief in Francesco Goya’s Witchcraft Series
2004-05 - Nicole Horejsi - "Exoticizing the English and Domesticating the Foreign: Clara Reeve's Progress of Romance and the Creation of a National Genre"
2003-04 - Nancy W. Collins – “Sociability Transformed: How Le Souper became Le Salon”
2002-03 - No prize was awarded
2001-02 - Diana Solomon, "'Wiser Way to Make you Willing': The Restoration Actress's Comic Deliver of Prologues and Epilogues"
2000-01 - Joanna Stalnaker, "Description and Indefinition: Representational Ambiguity in Buffon's Natural History"
1999-2000 - Geoffrey Turnovsky, "Reconsidering the Literary Underground in France, 1750-1789"
1998-99 - Elliott Visconsi, "'Shall we render obedience to such a degenerate race?': Absolutism and English Barbarism in Behn's Oroonoko."
1997-98 - Wayne Wild, "Doctor-Patient Correspondence in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Change in Rhetoric and Relationship"
1996-97 - James R. Otteson, "The Recurring 'Adams Smith Problem'"
1995-96 - T. Christopher Bond, "Establishing a Genre: The Scientific Essay in Hans Sloane's Philosophical Transactions
1994-95 - Irene Fizer, "Animal Husbandry, Hybrid Wives: Emma's Technologies of Breeding and 18th-Century Science"
1993-94 - Lee Morrissey, "Reading Stonehenge: Toward an Archaeology of Gray's Elegy"
1992-93 - (None Awarded)
1991-92 - Irene Fizer, "Domesticity Before, During, and After the American Revolution
1990-91 - Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, "Writing the Space of the 'Natural': The Natural History of Selborne
1988 - Anne Himmelfarb, "Speculative Fiction, the Prose Dialogue"
ASECS GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ESSAY COMPETITION PRIZE RECIPIENTS
2016-17 - Victoria Barnett-Woods, "Justice on Trial: Obeah and Colonial Law in British Guiana
2015-16 - No prize given
2014-15 - No prize given
2013-14 - No prize given
2012-13 - No prize given
2011-12 - Devjani Roy, "'Thou Proteus!': The Performance of Forgery in Georgiana Cavendish's The Sylph"
2010-11 - No prize given
2009-10 - No prize given
2008-09 - Michelle Granshaw "General Creole: Jon H. Nichols’s Political Plays in the Early American Republic"
2007-08 - Joan G. Gonzalez "The Modern Trajan: Napoleonic Propaganda in Le Triomphe de Trajan"
2006-07 - Crystal Lake "Redecorating the Ruin: Women and Antiquarianism in Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall"
2005-06 - CoWinners – Wing Sze Leung “Perfectibility and Rousseau’s Conceptions of Human Nature and Nature” and Michelle Syba “After Design: Addison’s Critical Pursuit of Beauties”
2004-05 - Gefen Bar-On - "True Light; True Method: The Impact of Newtonianism on the Editing of Shakespear in Eighteenth-Century England"
ASECS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORSHIP
2016-17 - Dennis Moore
2015-16 - Mark Vareschi
2014-15 - Helen Deutsch
2013-14 - Wolfram Schmidgen
2012-13 - Marion Rust
2011-12 - James Engell
2010 - 11 - Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
2009-10 - O.M. Brack, Jr.
2008-09 - Katherine Arens
2007-08 -Felicity Nussbaum
INNOVATIVE COURSE DESIGN AWARDS
Kevin Bourque - Enlightenment Appetites
Deirdre Loughridge - Eighteenth-Century Origins
Robin Runia - Writing Women and Race
Catherine Ingrassia - Cultures of Captivity in the Long Eighteenth Century
Kailan Rubinoff - Music and the Grand Tour
Jane Wessel and Matthew J. Kinservik - Making Shakespeare
Michael Gavin – Modeling Literary History: Quantitative Approaches to the Enlightenment
Estelle Joubert – Music in the Global Eighteenth Century: A New Course Proposal.
Sean Silver – The Novel and the Museum
Peggy Schaller Elliott, "Teaching Modern Strategies through Early Modern Fairy Tales"
Courtney Weiss Smith "Science and/as Literature in Early Modern England"
Steven Thomas, "Pirates, Puritans, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World"
Gillian Paku, "Authorial Identity: What's in a Name?"
Susan Lanser and Jane Kamensky, "London in the Long Eighteenth-Century: People, Culture, City"
2010 - 11
Richard BELL, University of Maryland, “Pursuits of Happiness: Ordinary Lives in the American Revolution”