Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize


Since 1997 the Friends of the German Historical Institute have awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize for the best doctoral dissertation on a topic in German history written at a North American university. Dissertations on all periods of German history, on German-American relations, on the history of Germans in North America, and on Germany's global engagements or diaspora of Germans are eligible.

Each year's winner is invited to present his/her research in November at the annual symposium of the Friends of the German Historical Institute. The prizewinner also receives an award of $2,000 and reimbursement for travel to the annual symposium held in Washington D.C. 

Candidates are nominated by their dissertation advisers. Dissertations must have been completed, defended, and authenticated between January 1 and December 31. The prize committee will accept nominations through June 15 of the following year. 

To nominate a candidate, dissertation advisers should email the following items to FritzSternDissertationPrize@case.edu 

  • Letter of nomination
  • Abstract (1-3 pages) of the dissertation
  • Digital version of the dissertation in "Reduced Size PDF" format

Past Recipients


2019

Michelle Kahn

2018

Adam Bisno

2017

Bradley J. Nichols

2016

Katharina Matro

2015

Sarah Panzer

2014

Chase Richards
Ned Richardson-Little

2013

Ricky W. Law

2012

Adam T. Rosenbaum
Sarah Thomsen Vierra

2011

Brendan Karch
Eric Steinhart

2010

Yair Mintzker
Alice Weinreb

2009

Alison Clark Efford
Michael Meng

2008

Marti Lybeck

2007

Monica Black & Winson Chu

2006

Lars Maischak

2005

Eli Rubin
Jesse A. Spohnholz

2004

Christopher Fischer & Erik Jensen

2003 

Chad Carl Bryant
Jeffrey T. Zalar

2002

Julia Roos
Rebecca Wittmann

2001

Eva Giloi Bremner
Jonathan Zatlin

2000

Frank P. Biess
H. Glenn Penny III

1999

Ian McNeely
Andrew Zimmerman

1998

Michelle Mouton
Timothy R. Vogt

1997

Paul Lerner
Sandra Chaney