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University of Kansas Professor Wins the American Historical Association’s 2014 Jerry Bentley Prize

Friday, October 24, 2014

Washington, DC— Gregory T. Cushman, associate professor of international environmental history at the University of Kansas, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Jerry Bentley Prize for his book Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge University Press, 2013). The Bentley Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book published in English in the field of world history. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 129th Annual Meeting in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015. 

Cushman’s book was selected by a prize review committee of AHA members including Lauren A. Benton, Chair (New York Univ.), Daniel L. Smail (Harvard Univ.), and Karen E. Wigen (Stanford Univ.). 

“For fully integrating Latin America in Pacific history, re-centering nineteenth-century world history on the Pacific region, and artfully combining ecological, geopolitical, and cultural analysis, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World deserves recognition as a pathbreaking, original contribution to world history,” noted Lauren Benton, the 2014 Jerry Bentley Prize Committee chair and professor of history at New York University. 

The Bentley Prize was established in 2014 and named in honor of Jerry Bentley, professor at the University of Hawaii and a tireless advocate for the field of world history. Bentley was one of the leading figures in the world history movement and the founding editor of the Journal of World History

The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of over 13,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. For further information, visit www.historians.org or call 202-544-2422. 



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