Western Association of Women Historians

Welcome to the online home of the Western Association of Women Historians. Learn about the WAWH: our conferences and awards, hard working Executive Board members, newsletter, regional and national ties, constitution and bylaws, our conference and award deadlines, and, naturally, our history. Read about opportunities and interesting resources for women historians. Become a WAWH member!

2013 WAWH Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's WAWH award winners.

Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize
Mary Klann, University of California, San Diego, "Babies in Baskets: Tourism and Native American Motherhood in the 20th Century American West."

Founders' Dissertation Fellowship
Nikki Malain, University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Pope and the Pirates: Genoese Piracy, Diplomacy, and Trade in the High Middle Ages."

Judith Lee Ridge Prize
Grace Delgado, "Border Control and Sexual Policing: White Slavery and Prostitution along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1903-1910," Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2012).

Barbara "Penny" Kanner Prize
Lois W. Banner, MM--Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe (Harry N. Abrams, 2011).

Gita Chaudhuri Prize
Not awarded

Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize
Nancy Kollman, Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2012.

WAWH Membership Renewal

For current WAWH members, now is the time to renew for the 2013-2014 membership year. Membership runs from conference to conference. Renewal forms were not mailed this year as all renewal are happening online through Eventbrite.

WAWH Donations for Awards and Prizes

WAWH is working to re-endow its awards and prizes. Please consider donation, of any amount, to support any of the six awards and prizes. You may use the WAWH Donation Form at Eventbrite to send your tax-deductable donation.


Learn about other conference and awards and professional opportunities of interest.


updated June 25, 2013


The Western Association of Women Historians was founded in 1969 to promote the interests of women historians both in academic settings and in the field of history generally.

Drawing scholars from the Western states, the WAWH is the largest of the regional women's historical associations in the U.S.

The WAWH encourages the participation of academic historians and independent scholars, and welcomes literary scholars and art, theater, and film specialists.