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 2016 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.

   2017 Committee

Brian DeLay - Chair
3229 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley
History Department

, CA 94720-2550

Katherine M.B. Osburn
1347 North Roca
Mesa, AZ 85213


Rachel St. John
Department of History
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Founding director David J. Weber with Governor William P. Clements in 2004.

In 2011, the Western History Association (WHA) Council and the Clements Center agreed to sponsor 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. Last spring the Clements Center approached the WHA about taking over the administration of this prize as way to honor both Governor Clements and the Center's Founding Director and past WHA President, David J. Weber, who passed away in August 2010.

 William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University

Past Winners

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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