Daniel Immerwahr Dissertation Format

The Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching and research in the field of foreign relations by younger scholars. The prize of $1,000 is awarded annually.

Eligibility: The prize is open to any person under forty-one years of age or within ten years of the receipt of the PhD whose scholarly achievements represent excellence in teaching and research. Nominations may be made by any member of SHAFR or of any other established history, political science, or journalism department or organization.

Procedures: Nominations, in the form of a letter and the nominee's c.v., should be sent to the Chair of the Bernath Lecture Prize Committee. The nominating letter should discuss evidence of the nominee's excellence in teaching and research. The award is announced during the SHAFR luncheon at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA). The winner of the prize will deliver a lecture during the SHAFR luncheon at the next year's AHA annual meeting. The lecture should be comparable in style and scope to a SHAFR presidential address and should address broad issues of concern to students of American foreign policy, not the lecturer's specific research interests. The lecturer is awarded $1,000 plus up to $500 in travel expenses to the AHA, and his or her lecture is published in Diplomatic History.

To be considered for the 2018 award, nominations must be received by October 15, 2017. Nominations should be sent to Carol Chin, [email protected], Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley, [email protected], and Barbara Keys, University of Melbourne, [email protected].

The Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize Recent Winners:

  • 2017 Daniel Sargent
  • 2016 Brooke Blower
  • 2015 Daniel Immerwahr
  • 2014 Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
  • 2013 Andrew Preston
  • 2012 Jeffrey Engel
  • 2011 Bradley R. Simpson
  • 2010 Barbara Keys
  • 2009 Elizabeth Borgwardt
  • 2008 Paul Kramer
  • 2007 Max Paul Friedman
  • 2006 David Engerman
  • 2005 Kristin Hoganson
  • 2004 Kurk Dorsey
  • 2003 Fredrik Logevall
  • 2002 Jussi Hanhimaki
  • 2001 Mary Ann Heiss
  • 2000 Thomas Zeiler
  • 1999 Odd Arne Westad
  • 1998 Robert Buzzanco
  • 1997 Peter Hahn
  • 1996 Elizabeth Cobbs
  • 1995 Douglas Brinkley
  • 1993 Thomas Schwartz
  • 1993 Diane Kunz
  • 1992 Larry Berman
  • 1991 H.W. Brands
  • 1990 Robert McMahon
  • 1989 Richard Immerman
  • 1988 Stephen G. Rabe

“As the historian Daniel Immerwahr demonstrates brilliantly in Thinking Small, the history of development has seen constant experimentation with community-based and participatory approaches to economic and social improvement… Immerwahr’s account of these failures should give pause to those who insist that going small is always better than going big.”—Jamie Martin, The Nation

“Daniel Immerwahr’s Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development pours a bucket of cold water on this type of thinking, now experiencing a resurgence among development agencies, policy entrepreneurs, and influential foundations. It uses three case studies (in India, the Philippines, and the United States) to upend the stock portrait of mid-twentieth century development, which focuses on the evils of top-down intervention. In the conventional story, development is a field dominated by ‘modernizers,’ whose hubristic efforts result in catastrophic consequences for those they were designed to benefit… Unfortunately, far from eliminating deprivation and attacking the social status quo, bottom-up community development projects often reinforced them… This is a history with real stakes. If that prior campaign’s record is as checkered as Thinking Small argues, then its intellectual descendants must do some serious rethinking… How might those in twenty-first-century development and anti-poverty work forge a better path? They can start by reading Thinking Small.”—Merlin Chowkwanyun, Boston Review

“Persuasively fills a major gap in both the study of American interventions in the developing world and the history of the Cold War. Immerwahr demonstrates that the inspiration for community development projects was not simply the product of social science research and domestic initiatives, but—particularly in the case of the War on Poverty—was shaped by the nature and outcomes of programs in developing nations, especially China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines. Thinking Small should be read not only by historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and economists, but also by policymakers, activists, planners, and field agents.”—Michael Adas, author of Dominance by Design

“An impressive history that will quickly become required reading for the growing ranks of historians interested in topics ranging from modernization to the War on Poverty. Immerwahr’s rich and insightful book has much to offer to anyone interested in twentieth-century America and, especially, its efforts to combat poverty at home and abroad.”—David C. Engerman, author of Know Your Enemy

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