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Howard Zinn Memorial Research Award

2019 Submission Information

The Award will be determined by a Committee of AMST faculty. Nominees for the Award must submit materials electronically, if possible, to Brandi Plantenga ( in American Studies by March 22, 2019.

“We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”  -Howard Zinn

The Howard Zinn Award honors historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010) who devoted his life and work to advancing the cause of social justice in the United States.  Howard Zinn’s scholarship promotes the importance of cultural diversity, economic equality, and political activism. This award supports graduate student research invested in and connected to the intellectual aims Zinn espoused. The award will support interdisciplinary American Studies research focusing on the ways in which forms of social, cultural, intellectual, and technoscientific expression circulate among, between, and beyond the geographical borders of the United States. The resulting research will highlight the interconnected roles that gender, race, sexuality, class, science, technology, medicine, music, art, and design play in the continual redefinition of the United States.

The Howard Zinn Memorial Research Award was initiated in the fall of 2013. Since that time, it has received contributions from many people in the Lafayette-West Lafayette and Purdue communities as well as from other individuals across the nation.

Past Winners
2016 - Jennifer Sdunzik
2015 - Jonathan Freeman

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