Friends of the late William Koren, Jr. contributed the prize fund to the Society for French Historical Studies in 1957 to endow a memorial to a man who began his career as an historian, was attracted particularly to French history as a graduate student at Harvard, and throughout his life as teacher and public servant retained his interest in France and its history.

The William Koren, Jr. Prize

Next Award Deadline: 1 January 2020

The Society for French Historical Studies awards the Koren Prize to the most outstanding article on any period of French history published the previous year by a scholar appointed at a college or university in the United States or Canada.  The prize committee seeks out contenders from American, Canadian, and European journals and may decide whether articles that have appeared as part of a book or in the published proceedings of a scholarly conference are eligible for consideration.

If you would like to nominate an article that you have published during the calendar year 2019, please email an electronic version of it to the chair of the committee by 1 January 2020.  There is no need to send a copy of your curriculum vitae.

The winner, who receives an award of $1,000, will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society.  The prize may not be shared, although an “honorable mention” may be named.

Committee Members

Valerie L. Garver, chair (2020)

Department of History
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 (USA)

Stuart Carroll

Department of History
Vanbrugh College V/137
University of York
York, YO10 5DD (United Kingdom)

Ronen Steinberg (2021)

Department of History
Michigan State University
350C Old Horticulture
East Lansing 48824 (USA)

Holly Grout (2022)

Department of History
University of Alabama
801 University Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (USA)

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Past Winners

Kathleen Pierce
, “Scarified Skin and Simian Symptoms: Experimental Medicine and Picasso's Les Demoiselles D'Avignon,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 17, no. 2 (Autumn 2018). 

Jamie Kreiner, “Pigs in the Flesh and Fisc: An Early Medieval Ecology,” Past and Present 236 (2017): 3–42.
Honorable Mention: Alexandra Steinlight, “The Liberation of Paper: Destruction, Salvaging, and the Remaking of the Republican State," French Historical Studies 40, no. 2 (April 2017): 291-318.

Nguyễn Thị Điểu, "Ritual, Power, and Pageantry French Ritual Politics in Monarchical Vietnam," French Historical Studies 39, no. 4 (2016): 717-748.

Peter Cook, "Onontio Gives Birth: How the French in Canada Became Fathers to Their Indigenous Allies, 1645-73," Canadian Historical Review 96, no. 2 (2015): 165-93.

Jennifer Edwards, "My Sister for Abbess: Fifteenth-Century Disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers," Journal of Medieval History 40, no. 1 (2014): 85-107.

Richard C. Keller, "Place Matters: Mortality, Space, and Urban Fear in the 2013 Paris Heat Wave," French Historical Studies 36, no. 2 (2013): 299-330.

John Warne Monroe, "Surface Tensions: Empire, Parisian Modernism, and 'Authenticity' in African Sculpture, 1917-1939," American Historical Review 117, no. 2 (2012): 445-75.
Honorable Mention: Victoria Thompson, "The Creation, Destruction and Recreation of Henry IV," History and Memory 24, no. 2 (2012): 5-40.

Thomas Dodman, "Un pays pour la colonie: Mourir de nostalgie en Algérie française, 1830-1880," Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales 66, no. 3 (2011): 743-84.
Honorable Mention: Jamie Kreiner, "About the Bishop: The Episcopal Entourage and the Economy of Government in Late Medieval Gaul," Speculum 86, no. 2 (2011): 321-60.

Rafe Blaufarb, "Conflict and Compromise: Communauté et Seigneurie in Early Modern Provence," Journal of Modern History 82, no. 3 (2010): 519-45.
Honorable Mention: Mary Louise Roberts, "The Silver Foxhole: The GIs and Prostitution in Paris," French Historical Studies 33, no. 1 (2010): 99-128

Michel de Waele, "'Paris est libre,' Entries as Reconciliations: From Charles VII to Charles de Gaulle," French History 23, no. 4 (2009): 425-45.
Honorable Mention: Christopher Hodson, "Colonizing the Patrie: An Experiment Gone Wrong in Old Regime France," French Historical Studies 32, no. 2 (2009): 193-222.

Caroline Ford, "Reforestation, Landscape Conservation, and the Anxieties of Empire in French Colonial Algeria," American Historical Review 113, no. 2 (2008): 341-62.
Honorable Mention: Dan Edelstein, "'War and Terror': The Law of Nations from Grotius to the French Revolution," French Historical Studies 31, no. 2 (2008): 229-62.

Lenard Berlanstein, "Selling Modern Femininity: Femina, a Forgotten Feminist Publishing Success in Belle Epoque France," French Historical Studies 30, no. 4 (2007): 623-49; and
Allan Tulchin, "Same-sex Couples Creating Households in Old Regime France: The Use of the Affrèrement," Journal of Modern History 79, no. 3 (2007): 613-47.

Natalie Lozovsky, "Roman Geography and Ethnography in the Carolingian Empire," Speculum 81, no. 2 (2006): 325-64.

Paul A. Rahe, "The Book that Never Was: Montesquieu's 'Considerations on the Romans' in Historical Context," The History of Political Thought 26, no. 1 (2005): 43-89.

Jay Rubenstein
, "Putting History to Use: Three Crusade Chronicles in Context," Viator 35 (2004): 131-68.
Honorable Mention: Neil Safier, "'To Collect and Abridge without Changing Anything Essential': Rewriting Incan History at the Parisian Jardin du Roi," Book History 7 (2004): 63-96.

Richard I. Jobs, "Tarzan under Attack: Youth, Comics, and Cultural Reconstruction in Postwar France," French Historical Studies 26, no. 4 (2003): 687-725.
Honorable Mention: Jolle Rollo-Koster, "The Politics of Body Parts: Contested Topographies in Late-Medieval Avignon," Speculum 78, no. 1 (2003): 66-98.

Patricia Lorcin, "Rome and France in Africa: Recovering Colonial Algeria's Latin Past," French Historical Studies 25, no. 2 (2002): 295-329.
Honorable Mention: Dena Goodman, "L'ortografe des dames: Gender and Language in the Old Regime," French Historical Studies 25, no. 2 (2002): 191-223.

Jotham Parsons, "Money and Sovereignty in Early Modern France," Journal of the History of Ideas 62, no. 1 (2001): 59-79.

Stéphane Gerson, "Town, Nation, or Humanity? Festival Delineation of Place and Past in Northern France, ca. 1825-65," Journal of Modern History 72, no. 3 (2000): 628-82.
Honorable Mention: Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, "Medieval Identity: A Sign and a Concept," American Historical Review 105, no. 5 (2000): 1489-1533.

Suzanne Desan, "Reconstituting the Social after the Terror: Family, Property, and Law in Popular Politics," Past and Present no. 164 (1999): 81-121.
Honorable Mention: Jo Burr Margadant, "Gender, Vice and the Political Imaginary in Nineteenth-Century France: Reinterpreting the Failure of the July Monarchy, 1830-1848," American Historical Review 104, no. 5 (1999): 1461-96.

Alice Conklin, "Colonialism and Human Rights: The French Case in West Africa," American Historical Review 103, no. 2 (1998): 419-42.
Honorable Mention: Michael Kwass, "A Kingdom of Taxpayers: State Formation, Privilege, and Political Culture in Eighteenth-Century France," The Journal of Modern History 70, no 2 (1998): 295-339.

Daniel Lord Smail, "Telling Tales in Angevin Courts," French Historical Studies 20, no. 2 (1997): 183-215.

Bonnie Smith, "History and Genius: The Narcotic, Erotic, and Baroque Life of Germaine de Stael," French Historical Studies 19, no. 4 (1996): 1059-81.

Elizabeth Rapley, "The Shaping of Things to Come: The Commission des Secours, 1727-1788," French History 8, no. 4 (1994): 420-42.

Harry Liebersohn
, "Discovering Indigenous Nobility: Tocqueville, Chamisso, and Romantic Travel Writing," American Historical Review 99, no. 3 (1994): 746-66.

Liana Vardi, "Constructing the Harvest: Gleaners, Farmers, and Officials in Early Modern France," American Historical Review 98, no. 5 (1993): 1424-47.

Judith Miller, "Politics and Urban Provisioning Crises: Bakers, Police, and Parlements in France, 1750-1793," Journal of Modern History 64, no. 2 (1992): 227-62.

C. Stephen Jaeger, "L'Amour des rois: structure sociale d'une forme de sensibilité aristocratique," Annales: Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations 46 , no. 3 (1991): 547-71.
Honorable Mention: Gay L. Gullickson, "Le Pétroleuse: Representing Revolution," Feminist Studies no. 17 (1991): 240-65.

Carla Hesse, "Enlightenment Epistemology and the Laws of Authorship in Revolutionary France, 1777-1793," Representations no. 30 (1990): 109-37.

Sarah Hanley, "Engendering the State: Family Formation and State Building in Early Modern France," French Historical Studies 16, no. 1 (1989): 4-27.

Ruth Harris, "Melodrama, Hysteria, and Feminine Crimes of Passion in the Fin de Siecle," History Workshop no. 25 (1988): 31-63.
Honorable Mention: William Sewell, "Uneven Development, the Autonomy of Politics, and the Dockworkers of Nineteenth-Century Marseille," American Historical Review 93, no. 3 (1988): 604-37.

J. Russell Major, "'Bastard Feudalism' and the Kiss: Changing Social Mores in Late Medieval and Early Modern France," Journal of Interdisciplinary History 17, no. 3 (1987): 509-35; and
Gabrielle M. Spiegel, "Social Change and Literary Language: The Textualization of the Past in 13th-century Old French Historiography," Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 17, no. 2 (1987): 129-48.

Nancy Fitch, "Les petits parisiens en province: The Silent Revolution in the Allier, 1860-1900," Journal of Family History 11, no. 2 (1986): 131-55.