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Berenice Carroll receives the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award (left to right Christy Snider, Virginia Williams, Clinton Fink, Berenice Carroll, and Robbie Lieberman)

PHS Lifetime Achievement Award

Description: The PHS periodically bestows the Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize is awarded to a PHS member who has contributed outstanding scholarship and exemplary service to the Peace History Society and to peace history. The prize is awarded in those years in which a PHS conference is held.

Eligibility: Any PHS member is eligible for the award.

Criteria: Longevity and consistency of commitment will serve as key considerations in evaluating candidates for the award. In addition to exemplary scholarship, the committee responsible for choosing a recipient will assess nominees’ overall promotion of PHS goals through educational initiatives, significant participation in the PHS and its functions, and active service in the cause of peace. As a society devoted to the study of peace and social justice, the PHS affirms its commitment to equitable recognition of the achievements of its diverse membership.

Nominations:  The committee welcomes nominations (including self-nominations) and may also suggest its own nominees for consideration for the PHS Lifetime Achievement Award.  For nominations, please send a letter and CV outlining the individual’s sustained record of peace work and service to PHS.  Nominations must be made electronically to all the committee members listed below.  Any nominations not received by all members of the award committee may be deemed ineligible for consideration.  Please write “PHS Lifetime Achievement Award nomination” in the email subject line.

Please check back in January 2025 for nomination deadlines and procedures.

The 2023 recipient was Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

The 2021 recipients were Chuck Howlett and Peter van den Dungen.

The 2019 recipient was Wendy Chmielewski, George Cooley Curator, Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

The 2017 recipient was Harriet Hyman Alonso.

The 2015 recipient was Geoffrey Smith, Queens University.

The 2013 recipient was Berenice Carroll, Professor of Political Science Emerita, Purdue University.

The 2011 recipient was Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History Emeritus, University at Albany, State University of New York.

The 2009 recipient was Sandi Cooper, Professor of History at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Charles Chatfield was the first recipient of the award in 2007.
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