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Ralph Gomory Prize Recipients

This prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, presented at the BHC annual meeting. The prize was first awarded in 2011.

      Four copies of a book must accompany a nomination and be submitted to the Prize Coordinator, Carol Ressler Lockman, Business History Conference, PO Box 3630, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington DE 19807-0630 USA. Email: The submission deadline is December 31.

2014 Book Prize Recipient:
Mohun book jacketarwen p. mohun, University of Delaware
Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
2013 Book Prize Recipient:
Shareholder Democracies book jacketmark freeman, University of Glasgow, robin pearson, University of Hull, and james taylor, University of Lancaster
Shareholder Democracies? Corporate Governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850
University of Chicago Press, 2012
2013 Book Prize Honorable Mention:
Jennifer Anderson book jacketjennifer l. anderson, SUNY-Stony Brook
Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America
Harvard University Press, 2012
2013 Article Prize Recipient:
gerben bakker, London School of Economics
"Trading Facts: Arrow's Fundamental Paradox and the Origins of Global News Networks," in Peter Putnis, Chandrika Kaul, and Jurgen Wilke, eds., International Communication and Global News Networks: Historical Perspectives (Hampton Press/International Association of Media and Communications Research, 2011).
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2012 Book Prize Recipient
Richard White book jacketrichard white, Stanford University
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America
W. W. Norton, 2011
2012 Book Prize Honorable Mentions:

Colby book jacketjason m. colby, University of Victoria
The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America
Cornell University Press, 2011
Stern book jacketphilip j. stern, Duke University
The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India
Oxford University Press, 2011
2012 Article Prize Recipient:
gregg mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and paul erickson, Anna Maria College
"Latex and Blood: Science, Markets, and American Empire," Radical History Review 107 (Spring, 2010): 45-73.
2011 Book Prize Recipient
John book jacket richard r. john, Columbia University
Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications
Harvard University Press, 2010
2011 Honorable Mention:
Fichter book jacketjames r. fichter, Lingnan University
So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism
Harvard University Press, 2010
[No article prize was awarded in 2011.]