For immediate Release: October 22, 2014


UMBC Professor Wins the American Historical Association’s 2014 Albert J. Beveridge Award


Brown’s book was selected by a prize committee comprised of AHA members including David A. Hollinger, Chair (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Cornelia H. Dayton (Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs), Kristin L. Hoganson (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Emilio Kouri (Univ. of Chicago), and Stephen Mihm (Univ. of Georgia).

The Albert J. Beveridge Award was initially established on a biennial basis in 1939, in honor of US Senator Albert J. Beveridge (Indiana, 1899-1911), a longtime member of the Association and an active supporter of history as both a lawyer and a senator. It has been awarded annually since 1945.

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Washington, DC— Kate Brown, professor of history at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been selected as the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2014 Albert J. Beveridge Award for her book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013). The annual Albert J. Beveridge Award honors a distinguished book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present. The prize will be

presented during a ceremony at the Association’s 129th Annual Meeting in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015.

David Hollinger, the 2014 Beveridge Award Committee chair, commented that “[Brown’s book] counters dominant understandings of the Cold War couched in terms of divergent or separate paths. Deeply and multilingually researched in difficult conditions requiring perseverance in the face of official secrecy, courage in the face of personal exposure, and empathy in the presence of suffering, Plutopia adds to recent scholarship that emphasizes the costs of the Cold War in the places where it turned hot.”

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