Graduate Student Essay Prize

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.

Click here for submission details for the 2019 contest!

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