The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) gives an annual award to graduate students for original work in sport history. The NASSH Prize is awarded annually to the graduate student whose historical essay is judged by the committee to be of the highest quality. The award winner will present her or his paper in a special session at the 2019 NASSH Convention in Boise, Idaho.

2020 Submission Guidelines

Please download the PDF of the 2020 Submission Guidelines.

Past Graduate Student Essay Competition Winners

2020Zach Bigalke, The Pennsylvania State University, “Two Flashpoints in Time: BYU Football as a Catalyst for the Bowl Championship Series Era”
2019Conor Hefernan, The University of Texas at Austin, “Superfood or Superficial? Plasmon and the Birth of the Supplement Industry”
2018Austin Duckworth, University of Texas at Austin, “‘Decisive Political Ways’: The 1988 Seoul Olympic Games”
2017Ben Pollack, University of Texas at Austin, “Hot Body for a Cool Medium: Debbie Drake, Television, and the Sexualization of Exercise in Postwar America”
2016Cat Ariail, University of Miami, “The Athletic Citizenship Quest of Carlotta Gooden”
2015Ashley Brown, George Washington University, “Swinging for the State Department: American Women Tennis Players and the Politics of Gender in Goodwill Tours,1942-1959.”
2014Nathan Titman, University of Iowa, “Artist def. Machine: Bill Tilden’s Unruly Masculinity in 1920s Tennis”
2013Bieke Gils, University of British Columbia, “Flying, Flirting and Flexing: Charmion’s Trapeze Act, Sexuality and Physical Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
2012Dominic G. Morais, The University of Texas, Austin, “Branding Iron: Eugen Sandow’s Utilization of ‘Modern’ Marketing”
2011Terry Gitersos, University of Western Ontario, “‘Une grande victorie pour le Quebéc François’: The Elimination of English at Le Collisée”
2010John Gleaves, Penn State University, “Doping Professionals and Clean Amateurs: Amateurism’s Influences on the Modern Philosophy of Anti-Doping”
2009Travis Vogan, Indiana University, “Exceptional Excess: Prize Fighting Films, Jack Johnson, and Documentary Affect”
2008David Lunt, Penn State University, “The Heroic Athlete in Ancient Greece”
2007Matthew P. Llewellyn, Penn State University, “A Nation Divided: Great Britain and the Pursuit of Olympic Excellence, 1912-1914”
2006Carly Adams, University of Western Ontario, “From Montreal to London, 1926-1952: The Journey of Pauline Perron, Outside, Pro Ball Player”
2005David Mizener, York University, “The State, the Agrarian Press, and the Ontario Plowman’s Association: Competitive Plowing and Agriculture in Twentieth-Century Ontario”
2004Jaime Schultz, University of Iowa, “‘A Wager Concerning a Diplomatic Pig’”: Remembering and Forgetting in the Iowa-Minnesota Football Contests, 1934-1935”
2003Kenneth Cohen, University of Delaware, “The Case for Space: Billards and American Sub-Cultures”
2002Jennifer Guiliano, Miami University of Ohio, “Sports Mascots as Illegitimate Identities: A Case Study of Miami University’s Redskins”
2001Matthew Andrews, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Equal Suffrage as Far as Prizefighters Go: Gender, Pugilism, and Public Space in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco”
2000Annmarie Jutel, University of Otago, “Morality and Medicine: Sylvester Graham’s Doctrine of Healthy Living Revisited”
2000Greg Gillespie, University of Western Ontario, “Wickets in the West: Cricket, Culture and Constructed Images of Nineteenth Century Canada”
1999Brad Austin, Ohio State University, “The Politicalization of Intercollegiate Athletics During the Great Depression”
1998Susan L. Forbes, University of Western Ontario, “Defining Practices: Female Employees’ Leisure at Eaton’s”
1997Dan Mason, University of Alberta, “The International Hockey League and the Professionalization of Ice-Hockey, 1904-1907”
1996Stacy Lorenz, University of Alberta, “‘A Lively Interest on the Prairies’: Western Canada, The Mass Media, and a ‘World of Sport, 1870-1939”
1995R. Gregg Bennett, Auburn University, “Top of the 1st: Baseball from Reconstruction at Four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences”
1994Patrick Trimble, Penn State University, “Babe Ruth: The Media Construction of a 1920’s Personality”
1993Robert Rinehart, University of Illinois, Urbana, “Fists Flew and Blood Flowed: Cultural Resistance, Hungarian Water Polo, and International Responses, 1945-1956”
1992Dennis Gildea, Penn State University, “Counterpunch: The Morrissey-Heenan Fight of 1858 and Frank Queen’s Attack on the ‘Respectable Press”
1991Jack Davis, Brandeis University, “Baseball’s Reluctant Challenge: Desegregating Major League Spring Training”
1990Barbara S. Pinto, University of Western Ontario, “Ain’t Misbehaving: The Montreal Shamrock Lacrosse Club Fans, 1868-1884”
1989Mark Dyreson, University of Arizona, “The Emergence of Consumer Culture and the Transformation of Physical Culture: American Sport in the 1920’s”
1988Stephen Wenn, University of Western Ontario, “A Tale of Two Diplomats: George S. Messersmith and Charles H. Sherrill on Proposed American Participation”
1987James Coates, University of Maryland, “The Racial Segregation of Baltimore Public Parks System, 1890-1917”
1986Jan Todd, University of Texas at Austin, “Benarr Macfadden: Reformer of Feminine Form”
1985Catriona Beaton Parratt, University of Windsor, “Sport and Hegemony: Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1885-1929”