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Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) invites submissions for the Outstanding Dissertation Award. The $500 award is presented every year at the IEHS banquet during the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians to recognize the best article published in the Journal of American Ethnic History. The Immigration and Ethnic History Society established this award in memory of Professor Carleton C. Qualey, distinguished historian, newsletter editor, treasurer, and a founder of the Society.

 The 2025 award will honor the best article published in the JAEH during the 2024 calendar year. Questions regarding this award should be directed to the editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History, Suzanne Sinke at qualeyaward@iehs.org.

Committee Members

Suzanne Sinke (Chair), Brian Behnken, Adrian De Leon

Previous Recipients


Eiichiro Azuma, “Toward a Transnational History of Wartime Japanese Americans: Nisei and Imperial Japan’s Race Propaganda.”

Honorable Mention

“Dalen C.B. Wakeley-Smith, “‘The one primitive people who contact with civilization has failed to exterminate’: New York and ‘Gypsy’ Madness in the 1920s.”


Adrian De Leon, “Frank Mancao’s ‘Pinoy Image’: Photography, Masculinity, and Respectability in Depression-Era California.”

Honorable Mention

Hao Zou “A Community Divided: The Ho Lawsuit and Chinese San Franciscans’ Search for Education Equality and Racial Inclusion.”


Laura Madokoro, “’From Citizens to Refugees’: Japanese Canadians and the Search for Wartime Sanctuary.”

Honorable Mention

Sam Vong, “‘Assets of War’: Strategic Displacements, Population Movements, and the Uses of Refugees during the Vietnam War, 1965-1973.”


Yuri Doolan, “Transpacific Camptowns: Korean Women, U.S. Army Bases, and Military Prostitution in America.”

Honorable Mention

Uzma Quraishi, “Racial Calculations: Indian and Pakistani Immigrants in Houston, 1960–1980.”


Jane Hong, “Manila Prepares for Independence: Filopina/o Campaigns for US Citizenship and the Reorienting of American Ethnic Histories,” published in Volume 38, no. 1 (Fall 2018).

Honorable Mention

Cecilia M. Tsu, “‘If You Want to Plow Your Field, Don’t Kill Your Buffalo to Eat’: Hmong Farm Cooperatives and Refugee Resettlement in 1980s Minnesota,” published in volume 36, no 3 (Spring 2017).

2016 – 2017

Krystyn Moon, “The Alexandria YWCA: Race, and Urban (and Ethnic) Revival: The Scottish Christmas Walk, 1960s- 1970s.

2014 – 2015

Hidetaka Hirota, The Great Entrepot for mendicants; Foreign Poverty and Immigration Control in New York to 1882. JAEH Vol. 33, No.2 (Winter 2014).

2012 – 2013

Nancy Green, École Hautes des Études en Sciences Sociales, Americans Abroad and the Uses of Citzenship: Paris, 1914-1940, JAEH 31:3 (Spring 2012).

2009 – 2010

Julio Capó, Jr., “Queering Mariel: Mediating Cold War Foreign Policy and U.S. Citizenship among Cuba’s Homosexual Exile Community, 1978-1994″ JAEH 29:4 (Summer 2010).

2007 – 2008

Sam Erman, for Meanings of Citizenship in the U.S. Empire: Puerto Rico, Isabel Gonzalez, and the Supreme Court, 1898-1905″ JAEH, 27:4 (Summer 2008).

2005 – 2006

David Roediger and James Barnett for “The Irish and the ‘Americanization’ of New Immigrants in the streets and in the Churches of the Urban United States, 1900-1930″ JAEH (Summer 2005).

2003 – 2004

Russell A. Kazal for “The Interwar Origins of the White Ethnic: Race, Residence and German Philadelphia, 1917-1939, JAEH 23:4 (Summer 2004),

2001 – 2002

Edward J.M. Rhoads for “’White Labor’ vs. ‘Coolie Labor’: The ‘Chinese Question’ in Pennsylvania in the 1870s, JAEH, 21:2 (Winter 2002).

1999 – 2001

David Gerber, Epistolary Ethics: Personal Correspondence and the Culture of Emigration in the Nineteenth Century, JAEH 19:4 (Summer 2000)

1997 – 1998

James R. Barrett and David R. Roediger, “Inbetween Peoples: Race, Nationality, and the ‘New Immigrant’ Working Class” (Spring 1997)

1995 – 1996

Cheryl Greenberg, “Black and Jewish Response to Japanese Internment” (Winter 1995).

1993 – 1994

Bettye Collier-Thomas and James Turner, “Race, Class and Color: The African American Discourse on Identity” (Fall 1994)

1991 – 1992

K Scott Wong, “Liang Qichao and the Chinese of America : A Re-evaluation of his Selected Memoir of Travels in the New World” (Summer 1992).

1989 – 1990

Victor A. Walsh, “‘Drowning the Shamrock’: Drink, Teetotalism, and the Irish Catholics of Gilded-Age Pittsburgh” (Fall 1990 – Winter 1991).

1987 – 1988

Barry Chiswick, “The Labor Market Status of Hispanic Men” (Fall, 1987).