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award submissions

ASEH offers eight awards, which have different submission requirements - all are described below.

Outstanding Scholarship:

Each year, the ASEH awards the following four prizes for outstanding scholarship in the field of environmental history. The instructions for submitting your work for consideration for each prize are listed below.


George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history
The prize committee will evaluate published books that appear between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020. Deadline for submission: November 20, 2020. 3 hard copies are required - and anyone can submit a book (authors and publishers).
Please send one copy of each book submission to each of the following committee members 

(you will be sending three books in all to three separate addresses):


Katherine Morrissey

3432 E. Edgemont St. 

Tucson, AZ  85716

Andrew Needham

NYU History Department

53 Washington Square South — 4th Floor

New York, NY  10012


Kate Brown

3435 Mt. Pleasant St NW

Washington, DC  20010


Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)
Articles that appear in our journal, Environmental History, are automatically considered by our journal's editorial board, and there is no need to submit entries for the Leopold-Hidy Prize.


Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History  
Eligibility: Articles published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.

Deadline: November 20, 2020.

Instructions: Please submit a pdf file of the published article that clearly indicates the author's name, the article title, the name of the journal, the issue number, and the date of publication through THIS FORM.


Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history


Eligibility: Dissertations approved between Nov. 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2020.
Deadline: November 20, 2020.

Instructions: Submit in pdf format as a file less than 5 megabytes in size through THIS FORM.


Service and Achievement Awards:

      ASEH also recognizes service and achievement in environmental history through the four awards described below. Click on the award below to obtain the instructions for nominating a candidate or project.

      • Distinguished Scholar Award given every year to an individual who has contributed significantly to environmental history scholarship; membership in ASEH is not required. Current members of ASEH's executive committee are not eligible while they are serving. Click here for brief form to submit for nomination. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2020.


      • Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award given every year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the development of ASEH as an organization; membership in ASEH is required.Current members of the Executive Committee are not eligible while they are serving. Click here for brief form to submit for nomination. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2020.


      public outreach awards

      ASEH’s Advisory Board on Professional Development and Public Engagement announces the introduction of two new awards recognizing excellence in public humanities and environmental history

      • Public Outreach Project Award presented every two years to an environmental history project that engages the public. Due to the cancelation of ASEH 2020, we will be accepting applications for this award in 2020. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2020. Click here to nominate a project for the 2021 award.

      • Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History presented every two years to an individual who has promoted environmental history to the public over time. We are now accepting applications for this award. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2020. Click here to nominate a person for the 2021 Award.

      Each of these awards will be presented every other year, beginning with the Project Award in 2014. This year, we are accepting nominations for both the Public Outreach Project Award and the Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History (2020 for presenting in 2021).


        General Guidelines for Submitting for four awards described above:

        Anyone can nominate candidates for the above four service and achievement awards, and ASEH's executive committee appoints a committee to select the recipients. Current members of ASEH's executive committee are not eligible while they are serving.



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