Jensen-Miller Award

The Western History Association offers the Jensen-Miller Award for the best article in the field of women and gender in the North American West. No time period restrictions apply, and essays will be judged on their significance to the field, their contributions to knowledge and their literary quality. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University funds this $500 cash prize and provides a plaque to the author of the winning essay. The Coalition for Western Women's History began awarding the Jensen-Award Miller in 1990 and administered the prize until the WHA became the award facilitator in 2009. View a list of past recipients.

Any WHA member, publisher, or author of an essay/article, may nominate work that was published in 2017. A copy of the journal, an offprint, or a photocopy must be submitted to each member of the Award Committee listed below.

Award Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018

The award recipient and editor/publisher will be notified by September 15.

2018 Jensen-Miller Award Committee

 Jennifer Thigpen, Chair
 Washington State University
 History Department
 PO Box 644030
 Pullman, WA 99164-4030

Katherine Ellinghaus
 Room 506, Arts West - West Wing
 The University of Melbourne
 Victoria 3010

Chelsea Mead
Minnesota State University, Mankato
359 Trafton Center North
Mankato, MN 56001

Past Recipients

2017 | Katrina Jagodinsky for "A Tale of Two Sisters: Family Histories from the Strait Salish Borderlands," Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2016)

2016 | Katherine Eillinghaus for "'A Little Home for Myself and Child': The Women of the Quapaw Agency and the Policy of Competency,"  Pacific Historical Review (August 2015)

2015 | Verity McInnis for "Indirect Agents of Empire: Army Officers’ Wives in British India and the American West, 1830–1875" Pacific Historical Review (August 2015)

2014 | Sarah M.S. Pearsall for “Having Many Wives in Two American Rebellions,” American Historical Review (October 2014)

2013 | Grace Peña Delgado for “Border Control and Sexual Policing: White Slavery and Prostitution along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1903-1910,” Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2012)

2012 | Hilary A. Hallet for “Based on a True Story: New Western Women and the Birth of Hollywood,” in Pacific Historical Review
(May 2011)

2011 | Jennifer Thigpen for “’You Have Been Very Thoughtful Today‘: The Significance of Gratitude and Reciprocity in Missionary-Hawaiian Gift Exchange,” Pacific Historical Review (November 2010).

2010 | Lori Flores for “An Unladylike Strike Fashionably Clothed: Mexicana and Anglo Women Garment Workers Against Tex-Son, 1959–1963,” Pacific Historical Review (August 2009)

2009 | Kathleen DuVal for “Indian Intermarriage and Metissage in Colonial Louisiana,” William & Mary Quarterly (April 2008)

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