History Prizes

The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize in History

The Asa J. Davis Prize for Academic Distinction in the History of Africa and the Black Diaspora

The Fredrick L. Cheyette Prize

The John Petropulos Prize in Historical Scholarship

History Prizes

The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize in History

The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize in History, established in June 1970, and intended for the purchase of books, is awarded to that student, a major in the Department of History, who in the opinion of the faculty in History, has, in his or her four years at Amherst College, best fulfilled the standards of excellence and humane scholarship exemplified by Alfred F. Havighurst during the many years of his teaching career at Amherst College.

2017:  Siyu Feng (2017E) / Brittanie L. Lewis
2016:  Shyiyan (Nancy) Chen / Demetrius Q. Shahmehri
2015:  Leah L. Thompson
2014:  Hannah M. Greenwald / Yi (Louis) Lu
2013:  James W. Fromson
2012:  Susannah E. Rudel
2011:  Roman Gautam / Nicole P. Krensky
2010:  Mason S. Bradbury / Jessica A. Sleevi
2009:  Michael D. Neff / Emily G. Wright
2008:  Carmine B. Grimaldi / Ross M. Wolfarth
2007:  Christopher J. Forney / Catherine Claire Macdonald (2007E)


The Asa J. Davis Prize for Academic Distinction in the History of Africa and the Black Diaspora

The Asa J. Davis Prize is given each year to the student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of the history of Africa and the Black Diaspora and whose work best reflects the comprehensive interest of Asa Davis in historical and cultural contacts between Africa, the Old World and the Americas.

2017:  Laura K. Noerdlinger / Caryce C. Tirop
2016:  Alexis Teyie
2015:  Emma H. Hutchins
2014:  Tiffany A. Arnold
2013:  Aubrey L. Jones / Sophia Meyerson
2012:  Melissa J. Greenberg / Jaclyn A. Tran
2011:  Kristen A. Ahye / Ashley B. Humber
2010:  Julia C. Merrill / Juliet M. Silberstein
2009:  Erin A. Sullivan / Yuepeng (YP) Zheng
2008:  Jacob C. (Jake) Goldberg
2007:  Jordan E. McKay

The Fredrick L. Cheyette Prize

The Fredrick L. Cheyette was established in 2016 in order to honor the History major who, in the course of the current academic year, made the greatest contribution to the intellectual community of the department and/or the campus as a whole. It is named in honor of Professor Fredrick L. Cheyette; he taught medieval history at Amherst from 1963 to 2005. 

2016: Matthew A. Randolph '16

The John Petropulos Prize in Historical Scholarship

John Petropulos was for many years a significant voice both as a scholar and a teacher in the History Department. His scholarship ranged widely across the Mediterranean Basin into Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and his teaching crossed regional boundaries as well. In memory of John Petropulos’s scholarship and enthusiasm for teaching, the History Department awards a yearly prize for the best research paper (usually written in the context of a seminar) that conforms to the History department’s guidelines for research papers. The papers will be judged on (1) use of primary sources; (2) command of the field; (3) understanding of historical method; and (4) elegance of style

Papers to be considered for the prize must be nominated by the supervising professors, and the selection of the prize-winner will be made by an ad hoc committee of History department faculty. Research papers prepared for any Amherst College history course in the fall and spring semesters are eligible.

2016:  Rosemary A. Frehe '17. "Forging the Czech National Identity: The Manuscripts of Dvůr Králové and Zelená Hora." Written for Professor Adi Gordon's course On Nationalism (HIST-419), Spring 2016.   
2015:
2014:  Dylan Vasey. "'Most People Were Silent': The Commodity Fetishism of Uranium during the Manhattan Project." Written for Professor Ted Melillo's course Commodities, Nature and Society.