Prize Winners

Week Five

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker, “Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold” Foreign Affairs, 5/21/20

The Selection Committee described it as 'a masterful combination of institutional history, historical analogies, and subject-matter expertise that clarifies why the US was unprepared for coronavirus and what it can do to better manage future pandemics.'

Michael T. Osterholm is Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Mark Olshaker is a writer and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

The two are authors of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs (2017).

Week Four

George H. Nash, “The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 in Historical Perspective,” National Review, 5/11/20

The Selection Committee commended the article's 'illuminating history of the 1918 flu, with an exemplary analysis of similarities and differences to the coronavirus pandemic and an inspiring, insightful lesson.'

George H. Nash is an independent scholar, historian, and lecturer, with specialties in twentieth century American political and intellectual history. He is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography under the general title The Life of Herbert Hoover. .

Week Three

Douglas Bell and Conrad Crane, “Korean War Economic Mobilization Is More Relevant To The Current Pandemic Than World War II,” War on the Rocks, 5/6/20

The Selection Committee highlighted the article's 'detailed analysis of the political, operational, and economic aspects of Korean War mobilization that illuminates present policy choices and offers helpful suggestions for the future.'

Douglas Bell is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Historical Services Division at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and recently completed his PhD at Texas A&M University.

Conrad Crane is Chief of Historical Services for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. His most recent book is Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War, published by Naval Institute Press.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not reflect those of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or any part of the U.S. government.

Week Two

Andrew Ehrhardt, “Disease and Diplomacy in the 19th Century”, War on the Rocks, 4/30/20

The Selection Committee noted its 'clear-eyed, ambitious international history of public health and diplomacy that illuminates possibilities for global cooperation in managing coronavirus'.

Andrew Ehrhardt is a postdoctoral fellow with the Engelsberg Applied History Programme at King’s College London.

Week One

Mary Eschelbach Hansen and Bradley Hansen, “Making it easier to declare bankruptcy could avert economic catastrophe", Washington Post, 4/24/20

The Selection Committee was particularly impressed with the detailed legal history of bankruptcy in the Great Depression that makes a clear, compelling argument for a concrete policy prescription.

Mary Eschelbach Hansen is professor of economics at American University and co-author of Bankrupt in America. She works on historical and contemporary issues in US social policy. In addition to bankruptcy, she has published on child welfare policy and the development of the US economy.

Bradley Hansen is professor of economics at University of Mary Washington and co-author of Bankrupt in America. He is also author of Institutions, Entrepreneurs, and American Economic History: How the Farmers’ Loan and Trust Company Shaped the Laws of Business from 1822 to 1929.