John Brooke Receives History Book Prize
John Brooke, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History, has received the 2012 Ohio Academy of History Book Prize for his book, Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson.
The book had already garnered several other top awards: the Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012; the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Book Prize, 2011; and the Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, 2010, awarded by the New York State Historical Association.
"These latest recognitions for Brooke’s work continue his long legacy of winning major prizes for his scholarship—and major fellowships in support of his research," Department of History Chair Peter Hahn said.
Brooke's two earlier books: The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844; and The Heart of the Commonwealth: Society and Political Culture in Worcester County, Massachusetts, 1713-1861; received several major awards, including the 1995 Bancroft Prize for American History and Diplomacy; the 1991 Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History, from the Organization of American Historians; and the National Historical Society 1991 Book Prize for American History.
A noted scholar, Brooke has received numerous grants and fellowships. They include, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship; the Commonwealth Center Senior Fellowship in Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary; the Charles Warren Fellowship, Harvard University; he has twice received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Brooke is the director of the OSU Center for Historical Research and co-chair of the 2011-2012 Program: Disease, Health, and Environment in Global History.
His teaching areas include Early American History and Environmental History, and he regularly teaches the American survey to 1877, Colonial North America, The American Revolution and Early Republic, America in the Age of Jefferson and Jackson, and Global Environmental History.