News & Announcements

July 5, 2023

2023 Preyer Award Winners

The ASLH is pleased to announce this year’s Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars. They are:

  • Tamar Menashe (Emory), “A Person of the Imperial Supreme Court: Jewish Litigation in Speyer and the Struggle to Belong”
  • Rebecca Horwitz-Willis (Harvard), “‘Educating a Class of Unfortunates:’ Crime Control, Child Protection, and the Compulsory School Movement, 1888 – 1903

Named after the late Kathryn T. Preyer, a distinguished historian of the law of early America known for her generosity to early career legal historians, the program of Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars is designed to help legal historians at the beginning of their careers. At the annual meeting of the Society two early career legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars will present what would normally be their first papers to the Society. The generosity of Professor Preyer’s friends and family has enabled the Society to offer a small honorarium to the Preyer Scholars and to reimburse, in some measure or entirely, their costs of attending the meeting. The competition for Preyer Scholars is organized by the Society’s Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Committee.

This year’s committee consisted of Juandrea Bates (Chair), Ari Schreiber, Binyamin Blum, Cornelia Dayton, Gautham Rao, and Gregory Ablavsky. The ASLH thanks the committee for their hard work, and offers congratulations to these two outstanding early career scholars!

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