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Eugen Weber Book Award

The UCLA Department of History is pleased to announce that


Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2022 Weber Book Award. A prize for the best book in modern French history (post 1815) over the previous two years, this award is named for the eminent UCLA French historian Eugen Weber (1925-2007) and brings a cash award of $15,000.

Judith G. Coffin’s beautifully written book, Sex, Love, and Letters: Writing Simone de Beauvoir, explores the neglected archive of letters written to Simone de Beauvoir by ordinary women and men. This innovative cultural history examines the twentieth century as an embodied experience, showing the intimate connections between the geopolitical and the personal.

The winning author will be invited to visit UCLA to speak about her work and receive the prize during the spring of 2022.


Honorable Mention

Camille Fauroux, Associate Professor of History, Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès
Produire la guerre, produire le genre: Des Françaises au travail dans l’Allemagne nationale-socialiste

Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, Assistant Professor of French, University of Michigan Romance Languages and Literature
Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire

John Warne Monroe, Associate Professor of History, Iowa State University
Metropolitan Fetish: African Sculpture and the Imperial French Invention of Primitive Art

Andrew Israel Ross, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland
Public City/Public Sex: Homosexuality, Prostitution, and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Claire Zalc, Professor of History, École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Denaturalized: How Thousands Lost Their Citizenship and Lives in Vichy France


Eugen Weber Book Prize Competition Announcement

2022 Finalists

2020 Winner