UofG academic awarded a prestigious international history prize

An image of Dr Sarah Dunstan sitting in front of a set of shelves filled with books

A University of Glasgow academic has been awarded a prestigious international history prize.

Dr Sarah Dunstan has been awarded the J. Russell Major Prize by the American Historical Association.

Dr Dunstan is a Lecturer in the International History of Modern Human Rights of the School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan.

The historian has received her prize for her book Race, Rights and Reform: Black Activism in the French Empire and the United States from World War I to the Cold War (Cambridge University Press)

Dr Dunstan said: “I am absolutely delighted that my book – Race, Rights and Reform – has won the 2022 J. Russell Major Prize for the best book in English on any aspect of French history.

“I am grateful to everyone who has helped to support me in my academic career and make this possible. I would also like to thank the prize committee for bestowing on me this great honour.”

In her book, Dr Dunstan constructs a narrative of black struggles for rights and citizenship that spans most of the 20th century, encompassing a wide range of people and movements from France and the United States, the French Caribbean and African colonies.

Professor Peter Jackson, Chair in Global Security (History), said: “This is a real coup for Sarah and great for us in History at Glasgow. 

“I want to congratulate Sarah on this tremendous achievement.  It is wonderful to see this international recognition for her pioneering scholarship.

The J. Russell Major Prize was established in 2000 by Blair Major, in memory of her husband, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990.

The prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history.

An image of Dr Sarah Dunstan's book Race, Rights and Reform which was awarded the American Historical Assocation's J Russell Major Prize


First published: 26 October 2022