John Phillip Reid Book Award

John Phillip Reid

Named for John Phillip Reid, the prolific legal historian and founding member of the Society, and made possible by the generous contributions of his friends and colleagues, the John Phillip Reid Book Award is an annual award for the best monograph by a mid-career or senior scholar, published in English in any of the fields defined broadly as Anglo-American legal history. The award is given on the recommendation of the Society’s Committee on the John Phillip Reid Book Award. [First books, written wholly or primarily while the author was untenured, should be sent to the Cromwell Book Prize committee of the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. The Reid Award and the Cromwell Book Prize are mutually exclusive.]

For the 2015 prize, the Reid Award Committee will accept nominations from authors, presses, or anyone else, of any book that bears a copyright date in 2014. Nominations for the Reid Award should be submitted by June 15, 2015, by sending a curriculum vitae of the author and one copy of the book to each member of the committee:

Professor Richard J. Ross, Chair of the Reid Book Award committee
University of Illinois College of Law
504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Professor Deborah Dinner
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Professor Catherine Fisk
University of California-Irvine, School of Law
401 East Peltason Drive
Law 3500-E
Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Professor Nicholas Parrillo
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

Professor Brad Snyder
400 Third Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

Past Recipients

2014Michele Landis Dauber (Stanford University), The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State (University of Chicago Press)
2013John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
2012Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Harvard University), Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press)
2011Christopher Tomlins (University of California, Irvine), Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865 (Cambridge University Press)
2010Catherine L. Fisk (University of California, Irvine), Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press)
2009Rebecca M. Mclennan (University of California, Berkeley), The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 (Cambridge University Press)
2008Christian W. McMillen (University of Virginia), Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory ( Yale University Press)
2007William M. Wiecek (Syracuse University), The Birth of the Modern Constitution: The United States Supreme Court, 1941-1953 (volume 12 of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States) (Cambridge University Press)
2006Daniel J. Hulsebosch (New York University), Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 (University of North Carolina Press)
[Honorable Mention:] Stuart Banner (University of California, Los Angeles), How the Indians Lost their Land: Law and Power on the Frontier (Harvard University Press)