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Jury Members

The 2014 George Washington Book Prize Jurors


Gordon S. Wood, Jury Chair
Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of many award-winning works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004) was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize. His volume in the Oxford History of the United States entitled Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (2009) was given the Association of American Publishers Award for History and Biography, the American History Book Prize, and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize. In 2011, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama and the Churchill Bell by Colonial Williamsburg. He has also received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award from the Society of American Historians and the John F. Kennedy Medal from the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Joyce Appleby
Joyce Appleby is professor emerita at University of California, Los Angeles. As past president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for the History of the Early Republic, she has long taken an interest in bringing history to a larger public. Her research on the 17th and 18th centuries in England, France, and America has focused on the impact of an expanding world market on the way people understood and talked about their society.  Among her principal publications are: The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism (2010), Thomas Jefferson (2003), Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans (2000), and Telling the Truth about History (1994). 

Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in Harvard University’s History Department, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. A renowned law professor and scholar of American history, she has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008), which won the Pulitzer Prize in history, the National Book Award for nonfiction, and the George Washington Book Prize.  Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997) examines the scholarly writing on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Gordon-Reed’s honors include the National Humanities Medal for 2009, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities (2009), a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (2010–2011), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2010). 


2013 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Carol Berkin, Chair, Baruch College, Emerita and City University of New York
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Dartmouth College
Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

2012 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Richard Beeman, Chair, University of Pennsylvania, Emeritus
Thomas Fleming, author/historian
Marla R. Miller, University of Massachucetts

2011 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Mary Beth Norton, Chair, Cornell University.
Daniel Walker Howe, UCLA and Oxford University, Emeritus
David Armitage, Harvard University

2010 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Theodore J. Crackel, chair, Editor in Chief of The Papers 
of George Washington at the University of Virginia. 
Catherine Allgor, University of California, Riverside
Andrew Cayton, Miami University, Ohio

2009 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Joyce Appleby, Chair, University of California, Los Angeles 
Ira Berlin, University of Maryland 
Jay Winik, author/public historian

2008 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Robert L. Middlekauff, Chair, University of California, Berkeley
Elizabeth A. Fenn, Duke University
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, University of Virginia

 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Richard Lyman Bushman, Chair, Columbia University
Theodore J. Crackel, University of Virginia
Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2006 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Gordon Wood, Chair, Brown University
Carol Berkin, Baruch College
Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute

2005 George Washington Book Prize Jury
Don Higginbotham, Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University
Barbara Oberg, Princeton University