Norris & Carol Hundley Award Recipients

For the most distinguished book on any historical subject submitted by a scholar who resides within the twenty–two Western states or four Canadian provinces from which the Branch draws its membership.

2023 Natalia Molina (University of Southern California), for A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community (University of California Press, 2022).

2022 Phoebe S.K. Young (University of Colorado, Boulder), for Camping Grounds: Public Nature in American Life from the Civil War to the Occupy Movement (Oxford University Press, 2021).

2021 Frank Biess (University of California, San Diego), for German Angst: Fear and Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany (Oxford University Press, 2020).

2020 Lorena Oropeza (University of California, Davis), for The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

2020 Norman Naimark (Stanford University), for Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty (Harvard University Press, 2018).

2019 Jenny Pulsipher (Brigham Young University), for Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England (Yale University Press, 2018).

2018 Yuri Slezkine (University of California, Berkeley), for The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2017).


Across Legal Lines cover2017  Jessica Marglin (University of Southern California), for Across Legal Lines: Jews and Muslims in Modern Morocco (Yale University Press, 2016).

Enduring Conviction cover2016  Lorraine K. Bannai (Seattle University), for Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (University of Washington Press).

  • Honorable mention: Keith David Watenpaugh (University of California, Davis), for Bread From Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (University of California Press, 2015).

The Tupac Amaru Rebellion cover2015  Charles F. Walker (University of California, Davis), for The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press).

Ship of Death cover2014  Billy G. Smith (Montana State University), for Ship of Death: A Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World (Yale University Press).

Mapping the Nation cover2013  Susan Schulten (University of Denver), for Mapping the Nation:  History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Chicago Press).

Stranger Intimacy cover2012  Nayan Shah (University of Southern California), for Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and Law in the North American West (University of California Press).

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2011 Amanda Podany (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), for Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country cover2010  Marsha Weisiger, for Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (University of Washington Press)

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  • Honorable mention to Terry Rugeley for Rebellion Now and Forever: Mayas, Hispanics, and Caste War Violence in Yucatán, 1800–1880 (Stanford University Press).

War of a Thousand Deserts-Comance Empire covers

2009  Brian DeLay (University of California, Berkeley), for War of a Thousand Deserts:  Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (Yale University Press), and Pekka Hamalainen (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), for The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press).

  • Honorable mention to Thomas Andrews, for Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War (Harvard University Press).

2008  James Vernon (University of California, Berkeley), for Hunger: A Modern History (Harvard University Press).

2007  Natalia Molina, for Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 (University of California Press).