John F. Richards Prize

In 2009, Sumit Guha,Yasmin Saikia and Chitralekha Zutshi led a fundraising drive to create an endowed book prize, named after John F. Richards, the distinguished historian of South Asia who spent most of his career at Duke University. In 2011, the John F. Richards Prize was inaugurated after three years of fundraising by the organization. The first prize was awarded in 2011 to Farina Mir, author of The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab (University of California Press, 2010) and announced at the 2012 annual meeting in Chicago. Prizes have been awarded at each AHA annual meeting starting from 2012 onward.