W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize

The W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize, sponsored by Mary Lincoln, is awarded annually for an author's first published monograph or scholarly synthesis that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for the understanding of Russia's past. The Lincoln Book Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the Annual Convention. The prize was established in 2004 in memory of W. Bruce Lincoln, a Russian historian and a widely-read author.  

We are delighted to announce that, with the generous gift from Mary Lincoln to endow the prize, the W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize will be awarded annually starting in 2019.

Sarah Cameron, The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan (Cornell University Press)

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth McGuire, Red at Heart: How Chinese Communists Fell in Love with the Russian Revolution (Oxford University Press)

Rules of eligibility for the ASEEES W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize competition are as follows:

    • The book must be an author's first published monograph or work of synthesis.
    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2019 to be eligible for the 2020 competition)
    • It must be published in English and in North America.
    • The geographic area of study is broadly defined as the territories of the former imperial Russian state and the Soviet Union. The book may deal with any period of history.
    • Textbooks, translations, reference works, or edited collections of essays are not eligible. Self-published works are also ineligible.
    • Books that have received other prizes are eligible.
    • Scholarly merit, originality, and felicity of style will be the main criteria for selection.

Fill out and submit this form to notify the Association of your intent to nominate a publication for ASEEES prizes. New for 2020: books may only be nominated for two prizes (eg this prize and one other.)

Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below) AND to the ASEEES main office (address in the footnote). The nomination form must be submitted by no later than April 15. And books must be received by no later than May 15. (Books not received by the deadline may not be considered.)

Submissions should be clearly marked “Lincoln Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASEEES main office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.

The winner of the 2020 Lincoln Book prize will be chosen by the following scholars:

Sergei Zhuk, Ball State University, 2018-2020
(mailing address):
Dr. Sergei Zhuk, Professor of History
Department of History
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Erika Monahan, University of New Mexico/Dartmouth College, 2019-2021
(mailing address):
Dr. Erika Monahan
Dartmouth College
Dept of History HB 6107
301 Carson Hall
28 North Main St.
Hanover, NH 03755

Christine Evans, U Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2020-2022
(mailing address):
Dr. Christine Evans
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2442 E Hartford Avenue
Holton Hall, Room 343
Milwaukee, WI 53211