David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize

The WHA announces the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize given annually for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America. The competition will be open to any non-fiction book, including biography, on any aspect of Southwestern life, past or present with a 2018 copyright. The purpose of the prize is to promote fine writing and original research on the American Southwest. The author will receive $2500 and an invitation to give the annual Weber-Clements Prize Lecture at Southern Methodist University. View past recipients.

All submissions must have a 2018 publication date. Presses should submit nominations and a copy of the book to each member of the award committee listed below. 

Award Submission (postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2019

The award recipient and editor/publisher will be notified by September 15.


2019 David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize Committee

Rachel St. John, Chair
University of California, Davis

UC Davis History Department
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA, 95616

rcstjohn@ucdavis.edu
Gary Clayton Anderson
University of Oklahoma
 
455 West Lindsey
Norman, OK 73019
gcanderson@ou.edu
Emily Lutenski
 Saint Louis University

 Department of American Studies
Saint Louis University
3800 Lindell Blvd., 131 Adorjan Hall
Saint Louis, MO 63108
emily.lutenski@slu.edu

In 2011, the Western History Association Council and the Clements Center agreed to sponsor a new book prize to be administered by the WHA. The David J. Weber-Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America was presented for the first time at the 2012 WHA conference. The prize originated as the William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, where it has been awarded by the Center since 1999. William P. Clements, Jr., who passed away in May 2011, was the Governor of Texas and the founding benefactor of the Center. The prize honors both Governor Clements and the Center's Founding Director and past WHA President, David J. Weber, who passed away in August 2010. 

Past Recipients

2018 | Julian Lim for Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

2017 | David Wallace Adams for Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990 (University Press of Kansas, 2016)

2016 | Andrew Torget for Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press)

2015 | Andrew Needham for Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest  (Princeton University Press, 2014)


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