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UC Professors Sweep 2016 Ohio Academy of History Publication Awards

The Ohio Academy of History honored UC historians Ethan Katz and Christopher Phillips for their works demonstrating significance in their fields, quality of research and advancement of historical knowledge.

Date: 5/15/2017 4:30:00 PM
By: Jonathan Goolsby Other Contact: Julie Campbell
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Photos By: Ethan Katz; Joseph Fuqua II, University of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Ohio Academy of History (OAH) has announced the winners of its 2017 Publication Awards, and they’ve both gone to University of Cincinnati professors.

Photograph of Professor Ethan Katz
Professor Ethan Katz

Ethan B. Katz won the Junior Faculty award for his book, The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France, published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

History department head Christopher Phillips won this year’s Senior Faculty prize for his work, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, released by Oxford University Press last year.
Photograph of Professor Christopher Phillips
Professor Christopher Phlllips

The Publication Award is given annually to a manuscript that shows, “significance of work in its field of specialization and toward historical knowledge in general,” according to the Ohio Academy of History’s handbook.

Works are also evaluated for, “conceptualization, quality of research and professional standards of excellence, and readability.”

Sweeping the awards this year was quite a coups: since the award was split in Junior and Senior categories, only The Ohio State University had also managed to garner both in the same year (in 2014).

This also marks only the third and fourth times the Publication Award has gone to University of Cincinnati academics. Late history professor Zane Miller won in 1982. Willard Sunderland won the Senior Faculty category in 2015 — the last year the award was given. No manuscript was recognized in 2016.

Both professors were recognized at the OAH’s annual meeting last month at The Ohio State University.Katz is overseas on a study fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, so his award was accepted by UC on his behalf.

“The attention Phillips and Katz are receiving reflects the relevance and importance of their research,” said Ken Petren, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “They have uncovered truths about our past and our identities that should not be ignored.”

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