Pauli Murray Book Prize

Pauli Murray. Photo: AP

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the first annual 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017 by a member of AAIHS.

The winner of the 2018 Pauli Murray Book Prize will receive $1000, 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 during the first week of March. The award winner will be announced at the 2018 AAIHS Conference, which will be held at Brandeis University from March 30-31, 2018.


One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2018 Pauli Murray Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to each of the committee members listed below. Please include a nomination letter briefly summarizing the book’s main argument and contributions to the field with each submission. Books may be nominated and sent by the author, the publisher, or any member of AAIHS.

All submissions must be postmarked to each committee member by January 15, 2018.

2018 Pauli Murray Prize Committee

Dr. Ibram X. KendiAmerican University (Committee Chair)
Department of History
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Battelle-Tompkins Building, Room 137
Washington, D.C. 20016-8038

Dr. Russell Rickford, Cornell University
450 McGraw Hall
Department of History
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Dr. Keisha N. BlainUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3702 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA  15260