Each year the EHA awards dissertation prizes to two dissertations completed in the last academic year from June 1-May 31. In special situations, the society will allow for a two-year window, but those exceptions must be discussed with the chairs of the dissertation prize committee. The Allan Nevins Prize is awarded on behalf of Columbia University Press for the best dissertation on U.S. or Canadian economic history. The Alexander Gerschenkron Prize is awarded for the best dissertation in economic history on an area outside of the U.S. or Canada. 

Each year the dissertation prize committee, consisting of four members with chairs for each prize, will convene a dissertation session at the annual EHA meeting in the fall. Three finalists will be chosen by the committee for each prize, with each giving a presentation at the meeting as part of a plenary session. 

The submission deadline is May 31, 2024. Dissertations must be submitted as a single PDF file. Files of less than 5 MB in size may be sent directly to the conveners as an email attachment. To submit a file over 5 MB, please supply a download link in an email message. The Nevins prize submissions should be sent to: Vellore Arthi ( and the Gerschenkron prize submissions to: Patrick Wallis ( All submissions will be acknowledged by return email.

EHA MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: You must be an active EHA member to apply for the dissertation prizes. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the EHA Administrative Coordinator, Taylor Land at If you would like to join the EHA, please click HERE.

The dissertation committee is composed by the following members:

Nevins Chair: Vellore Arthi (University of California, Irvine)

Gerschenkron Chair: Patrick H. Wallis (London School of Economics)

Other committee members:

John Parman (College of William and Mary)

Vincent Geloso (George Mason University)