Abraham Lincoln Institute Winning Scholarship

Dissertation Prize Winners

Lincoln standing with his hand on book.

The Abraham Lincoln Institute respects the commitment and talent required for significant research and presentation in dissertations and books. The purpose of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize is to recognize and encourage young scholars to conduct research on Abraham Lincoln and his times. 

An annual prize of $1,000 is underwritten by the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Lehrman Institute. The Abraham Lincoln Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. select the recipients. The first year, both organizations selected recipients. The award alternates between each organization from year to year. A panel of five scholars representing each organization serves as the jury.

Annual Dissertation Award Winners

2014

Kimberly N. Kutz,  "Lincolnís Ghosts: The Posthumous Career of an American Icon," The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2011

John Barr, "The Anti-Lincoln Tradition in American Life." Dr. Barr is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University.

2010

Jonathan W. White,  "'To Aid Their Rebel Friends': Politics and Treason in the Civil War North," University of Maryland at College Park. The dissertation will be published by Louisiana State University Press. Dr. White is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

2009

Robert J. Johnson, Jr.,  "Trial by Fire: Abraham Lincoln and the Law," ," CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor in Liberal Arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

2008 – No award given.

2007

Russell McClintock,  "Shall it be Peace or a Sword? Northern Political Culture and the Crisis of Secession, 1860-1861,"," Clark University. The dissertation was then published as Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). Dr. McClintock teaches at Saint John's High School in Massachusetts.  VIDEO

2006

David Work,  "Lincoln's Political Generals," Texas A & M University.  The dissertation was then published as Lincoln's Political Generals, (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Dr. Work is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Texas A & M University at Qatar.  VIDEO

2005

Jennifer Weber,  "The Civil War and Northern Society," Princeton University.  The dissertation was then published as Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North, (Oxford University Press, 2006). Dr. Weber is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas.  VIDEO

2004

Matthew Parks,  "Self-Evident No More: American Political Thought, 1820-1850," Boston University.  Dr. Parks is Assistant Provost and a Lecturer in Politics at The King's College in New York City.

2003

Graham A. Peck,  "The Social and Cultural Origins of Sectional Politics: Illinois from Statehood to Civil War," Northwestern University.  Dr. Peck is Associate Professor of History at St. Xavier University (Chicago, Illinois)

2002

Brian Dirck,  "Mystic Chords: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, American Imagined Community, 1808-1860," University of Kansas.  Dr. Dirck is Professor of History at Anderson University (Indiana).

Books:  
Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 (2001)
Waging War on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents (On Trial) (2003)

2001

Stewart Winger,  "Lincoln's Religious Rhetoric: American Romanticism and the Antislavery Impulse," University of Chicago.  Dr. Winger is Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University.

Book:  Lincoln, Religion, and Romantic Cultural Politics (2003)

Deren Kellogg,  "The Lincoln Administration and the Southwestern Territories," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.