Graduate Student Paper Award
American Educational Research Association - Division F

Division F awards a biennial prize of $300 for the best graduate student paper presented at AERA in the field of educational history.  Nominations by faculty, graduate advisors, discussants, chairs, and self-nominations by students are welcome. 


This biennial prize was awarded in 2023. The deadline for the next award in 2024 will be announced in 2025.

Previous Winners:

2023: Nathan Tanner
2019: Lauren Lefty
2015: Matthew Gardner Kelly
2013: Robert Gross
2011: Ethan Hutt
2009: Dee Ann Grove
2007: Heidi Matiyow Rosenberg
2006: Heather Weaver
2005: Carolyn Eick
2004: Karen Benjamin
2003: Catherine Gavin Loss

The New Scholar's Book Award
History of Education
American Educational Research Association - Division F

The American Educational Research Association, Division F, awards a New Scholar’s Book Award in the history of education biennially. The Prize Committee solicits nominations of books that fulfill the following criteria:

  • Subject: The History of Education
  • Authors: A first non-edited, scholarly book (this should be the first book for all authors if it is a co-authored book)
  • Publication Date: The book must have been copyrighted in 2019 or 2020
  • Nominations: Books may be nominated by the authors, presses, or other scholars. Presses or authors nominating themselves should submit a copy of the book to each member of the committee. Other scholars may make a nomination by that date via email to all members of the committee.

This biennial prize was awarded in 2023. The deadline for the next award in 2024 will be announced in 2025. 

Previous Winners:

2023: John Frederick Bell, Degrees of Equality: Abolitionist Colleges and the Politics of Race. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. 

2019 Michelle Purdy, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools. University of North Carolina Press.

2017 Co-Winner: Crystal Sanders. A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle. University of North Carolina Press. 

2017 Co-Winner: Jon Hale, The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Columbia University Press.

2015 Karen Rader and Victoria Cain, Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century. University of Chicago Press

2013 Jonna Perrillo, Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, and Race in the Battle for School Equity. University of Chicago Press.

2011 Brian M. Puaca, Learning Democracy: Education Reform in West Germany, 1945-1965. Berghahn Books.

2009 Jennifer Green, Military Education and the Emerging Middle Class in the Old South. Cambridge University Press.

2007 Heather Williams, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and in Freedom. University of North Carolina Press.

2005 Kathleen Mahoney, Catholic Higher Education in the Protestant America: The Jesuits and Harvard in the Age of the University. Johns Hopkins University Press.

2003 Caroline Winterer, The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780- 1910. Johns Hopkins University Press.

2001 Jon Zimmerman, Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in American’s Public Schools, 1880-1925. University Press of Kansas.

1999 Vanessa Siddle Walker, Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South. Univ. of North Carolina Press.

1997 David Adams, Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875 – 1928. University Press of Kansas.

1995 George Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Education, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945. Oxford University Press.