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The Frank and Amanda Frost Prize

Frank and Amanda Frost

Emeritus History Prof. Frank Frost and his wife, Amanda, established this prize to encourage graduate student research in the history of political economy. Broadly conceived to cover any chronological period or geographical area, the prize goes to the best seminar paper, dissertation chapter, or dissertation that explores an episode in the history of political economy that had results that changed history. 2020 was the final year of the award. 

Present and previous recipients:


Sasha Coles with bridge, trees, and body of water in background
Sasha Coles

Sasha Coles, Common Struggle for Refinement’: Mormon Women, Railroad Reconstruction, and the Politics of Respectability in Salt Lake City, 1869-1877

Nicole de Silva, “The Global and the Intimates: Gendered Peace Movements and the Trade Politics of Undergarments, 1920-1932” and Neil Johnson, “The ‘Strange Career’ of Manpower Theory: The Case for an Active Labor Market Policy in the Postwar United States”

Andrew Elrod, “What Happened to Planning?”

David Baillargeon, “‘The Great White Chief’: The Abolition of Slavery in Colonial Burma, 1826-1935.”

Doug Genens, “‘Advocacy . . . of one side of an economic struggle now pending’:  Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California.”
Kristoffer Smemo, “‘A New and Progressive Capitalism’: Race, Class, and the Liberal Republican Struggle to Build a National Economy.”

Kashia Arnold, “When Food is a Weapon: World War I, Glycerine Production and
the Global Demand for Fats and Oils.”

Samir Sonti, “‘Pricing Power and the Public Interest’: Steel, the Subcommittee on Antitrust
and Monopoly, and the Class Politics of Inflation, 1957-59″