Pauli Murray Book Prize

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2022 Pauli Murray Book Prize for the best book in Black intellectual history. Named after lawyer, author, and women’s rights activist-intellectual Pauli Murray, the prize will recognize the best book concerning Black intellectual history (broadly conceived) published between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 by a member of AAIHS. AAIHS board members are not eligible. 

The winner of the 2022 Pauli Murray Book Prize will receive $1,000, a featured week-long roundtable on the book in Black Perspectives, and a featured interview published in Black Perspectives. The prize is open to scholars at all stages of their academic careers. Five finalists will be announced and their books will be featured on Black Perspectives in early March 2022.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2022 Pauli Murray Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to each of the committee members listed below. Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2021 and before January 1, 2022. Books may be sent by the author or the publisher. Please note that authors who are not AAIHS members will not be considered for the prize. Membership must be current by October 1, 2021. All submissions must be postmarked to each committee member by October 1, 2021.

2022-2023 Pauli Murray Prize Committee

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University (Committee Chair)
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
Tufts University
48 Professors’ Row
Medford, MA 02115

Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College
Africana Studies Department
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Dr. LaKisha Simmons, University of Michigan
204 S. State Street
Lane Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Dr. Robyn C. Spencer, Lehman College, CUNY
Lehman College, Department of History
Carman Hall 202
Bedford Park Blvd. Bronx, NY 10468


Previous Winners

  • 2021: Quito Swan, Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice
  • 2020: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
  • 2019: Elizabeth Todd-Breland, A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s
  • 2018: Christopher M. Tinson, Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s