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November 7, 2013

Local woman earns historians' book awards

Study on French Guiana wins top prizes

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In August, Spieler moved to Paris with her daughter, Althea, and took a permanent position as associate professor at the American University of Paris to facilitate her work on several projects, which she says requires more archival research than she can complete on her one- or two-month summer trips to Paris.

She is currently working on a book about slaves living in Paris during the 18th century.

The J. Russell Major prize was established in memory of J. Russell Major, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University in Georgia from 1949 until his retirement in 1990. The George L. Mosse Prize was established in honor of George Lachmann Mosse, American cultural historian, with funds donated by former students, colleagues and friends of the late Dr. Mosse.

Spieler’s book was selected for the J. Russell Major Prize by a review committee comprised of American Historical Association members including Crawford (Vanderbilt University in Tennessee), Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University in Maryland) and Leslie Tuttle (University of Kansas). The George L. Mosse prize review committee that also selected Spieler’s book as its top choice included AHA members chairwoman Tracie M. Matysik (University of Texas, Austin), Brad S. Gregory (University of Notre Dame in Indiana), and Harry Liebersohn (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

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 is comprised of more than 14,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. Visit www.historians.org for more.

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