The 2016 Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Prize will be awarded to a recent graduate whose dissertation is considered by the Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award Panel to be an outstanding contribution to historical archaeology.   In January 2011, the SHA Board of Directors voted to change the name of the SHA Dissertation Prize tot eh Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award to honor Kathleen Kirk Gilmore, who passed away in 2010.  She was a pioneer in the field of historical archaeology and a past president of the SHA.

The awardee will receive $1,000 at the time the prize is awarded at the annual meeting. Receipt of the award and the monetary prize are no longer dependent upon publication of the dissertation with the University Press of Florida. Awardees may take their dissertation to any press, including SHA.

If the winner chooses to work with SHA on publication of their dissertation, he or she will

  • receive the endorsement of the society and an associate editor to guide them through the publication process
  • receive assistance from SHA in finding the appropriate press and contract arrangements
  • be required to assign copyright of the manuscript and donate any royalties for their book to SHA
  • agree not to submit their dissertation for consideration elsewhere

If the choice is made not to publish through SHA, the winner is responsible for arranging publication on his or her own.

The nomination period for the 2016 Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award is now closed.  Information on submitting dissertation for consideration for the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 2017 Kathleen Kirk Gilmore Dissertation Award will be posted to the website in the spring of 2016.