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).
- 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).
2011 Amanda Podany (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), for Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East (Oxford University Press, 2010)
- Honorable mention to Terry Rugeley for Rebellion Now and Forever: Mayas, Hispanics, and Caste War Violence in Yucatán, 1800–1880 (Stanford University Press).
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).