Accepting Submissions for the Pauli Murray Book Prize

Pauli Murray (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Carolina Digital Library and Archives – Carolina Digital Library and Archives. UNC University Library).

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is now accepting submissions for the 2025 Pauli Murray Book Prize. 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, 2024 and December 31, 2024 by a member of AAIHS. AAIHS board members are not eligible. 

The winner of the 2025 Pauli Murray Book Prize will receive $1,500 (a $500 increase from previous years), a featured week-long roundtable on the book in Global Black Thought, 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 2025.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2025 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, 2024 and before January 1, 2025. 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, 2024. All submissions must be postmarked to each committee member by October 1, 2024.

Dr. Tamika Y. Nunley, chair
Duke University
Department of History
1356 Campus Drive
224 Classroom Building (East Campus)
Box 90719
Durham, NC 27708-0719

Dr. Freeden Blume Oeur
Tufts University
Department of Sociology
320 Braker Hall, 8 Upper Campus Road
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston
Howard University
Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall
2441 6th Street N.W. room 201-D
Washington, D.C. 20059

Dr. Crystal Eddins
University of Pittsburgh
2400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Previous Winners

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