Helen Hornbeck Tanner Student Conference Paper Award

The award was named in honor of Dr. Helen Hornbeck Tanner and is awarded every year at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory to the best paper presented by a graduate student.  The award will include a certificate and a cash prize of $250.


Paper submissions must be between 10 to 12 pages (2,500 to 3,000 words), excluding citations and appendices.  Graduate students must submit their papers in advance, and the winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

Students who wish to have their work considered for the graduate student paper prize should submit their work electronically to the four members of the committee.  You must send your paper no later than September 10th to the emails listed below.  The student must present the paper at the conference.

The committee for 2019:

Christopher Heaney (Chair)
Assistant Professor of Modern Latin American History
Penn State University

Micah Pawling
Associate Professor of History and Native American Studies
University of Maine

Nancy Shoemaker
Professor of History
University of Connecticut


2019 – First Prize: Allyson LaForge, Brown University, for a paper entitled, “Wabanaki ‘Wonderworks’: Tomah Joseph’s Birchbark Art and the Dissemination of Indigenous Modernity.”
2018 – First Prize: Samantha Davis, Penn State University, for a paper entitled, “The Racial Implications of the Proposed Fortifications in San Francisco de Campeche, 1600 – 1700.”
2017 – First Prize: Mallory Matsumoto, Brown University, for a paper entitled, “Dividing Land and Defining Territory in Colonial Kiiche’an Narratives.” Second Prize: Aaron Luedke, Michigan State University, for a paper entitled, “Mythologizing the White Man’s Friend: Misrepresentation of Indian Leaders in the Writing of Chicago’s Origin Story.” Third Prize: Claudia Rogers, University of Leeds, England, for a paper entitled, “Going Beyond ‘The Beach’: In Between Spaces of First Encounter in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica, 1492 – 1530.”