The American Society of Church History fosters and honors
outstanding scholarship through five prestigious prizes.
For information about the prize nomination process, see the bottom of this page.
Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize – $2,500
The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize honors outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author.
Deadline for Nominations: December 1
The 2018 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize is awarded to Ronit Stahl, Assistant Professor of History at University of California, Berkeley, for her book Enlisting Faith: How The Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017)
Albert C. Outler Prize – $2,500
The Albert C. Outler Prize honors the best ecumenical church history monograph, biography, critical edition or bibliography published in the two previous calendar years.
Deadline for Nominations: March 1, even
The 2018 Albert C. Outler Prize is awarded to Dr. Jesse Spohnholz, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Roots of Contemporary Issues World History Program at Washington State University, for his book The Convent of Wesel: The Event That Never Was and the Invention of Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Philip Schaff Prize – $5,000
The Philip Schaff Prize honors the best church history book by a North American scholar published in the two previous calendar years.
Deadline for Nominations: March 1, odd-numbered years.
The 2017 Philip Schaff Prize is awarded to Andrew Jacobs, the Mary W. and J. Stanley Johnson Professor of Humanities at Scripps College, for his book Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2016).
Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize – $500
The Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize honors the best essay on women’s role in the history of Christianity published in the previous calendar year.
Deadline for Nominations: August 1.
Adrian Weimer (Providence College), “Elizabeth Hooton and the Lived Politics of Toleration in Massachusetts Bay," published in William and Mary Quarterly (January 2017)
Sidney E. Mead Prize – $500 and publication in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
The Sidney E. Mead Prize honors the best unpublished essay by a doctoral candidate or recent graduate.
Deadline for Nominations: August 1.
Matthew C. Jones (University of Connecticut), “‘A True and patriotic band!’: Nation and Church in Nineteenth-Century Wales through the Association of Welsh Clergy in the West Riding of the County of York.”
Prize Nomination Process
• All works must be nominated in order to be eligible for ASCH prizes. Authors may nominate their own works.
• All nominees must be active, dues-paying members of the ASCH in order to have their work reviewed by the Research and Prize Committee.
• Books, essays, and articles may only be nominated once for one of the awards. Nominations will not be accepted in successive years for the same or different prizes. Please read the prize criteria carefully before nominating a work for that prize.
How To Nominate a Work For Consideration by the Research and Prize Committee
1. Nominations must be in PDF format, and include the following:
- author’s name
- author’s affiliation (or designation of ‘independent scholar,’ if appropriate)
- author’s phone number, mailing address and e-mail address
- title of the work
- name of the prize for which the work is being nominated
3. Nominations will be acknowledged by email by either the Executive Secretary or the Senior Assistant to the Editors.
4. Shortly after the deadline for each prize nomination, the Executive Secretary will contact the presses that published works under consideration, with a list of addresses to which to send the works.
NOTE: DO NOT SHIP ANY BOOKS TO ASCH PRIOR TO RECEIVING A LIST OF SHIPPING ADDRESSES FROM THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY. BOOKS SHIPPED PRIOR TO THIS SOLICITATION WILL NEED TO BE RE-SENT BY THEIR PUBLISHERS.