Several alumni of the University of Chicago's history department have recently received prizes from the American Historical Association.
Michel Gobat, PhD'98, received the AHA's 2019 Friedrich Katz Prize for Empire by Invitation: William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America (Harvard University Press, 2018). The prize is awarded annually to the "best book in Latin American and Caribbean history." Empire by Invitation also received the Latin American Studies Association's Nineteenth-Century Section Best Book Prize.
The AHA also awarded Michael A. Gomez, PhD'85, the 2019 Martin A. Klein Prize in African History for his book African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton University Press, 2018). The AHA grants the prize to "the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year."
Venus Bivar, PhD'10, has received the 2019 J. Russell Major Prize in French History from the AHA. Bivar received the award, given "annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history," for her book Organic Resistance: The Struggle over Industrial Farming in Postwar France (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Organic Resistance was also shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson Prize and received an honorable mention for the Society for French Historical Studies' David H. Pinkney Prize.