2023 Recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research

Prizes for top academic books announced at the Canadian Historical Association's annual meeting.

Written by Canada’s History

Posted May 29, 2023

The Canadian Historical Association (CHA) has announced Lianne C. Leddy as the 2023 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research for her book Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake published by University of Toronto Press in 2022.

The award is presented annually by the CHA to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past.

This year’s announcement ceremony took place at York University in Toronto as part of the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Four other academics were shortlisted for the Scholarly Research prize (in alphabetical order):

The CHA announced the winner of its other major annual prize: The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus by Abigail Krasner Balbale won the Ferguson Prize for outstanding scholarly work in a field of history outside of Canadian history.

Numerous other awards were announced at the CHA ceremony, including:

CHR Best Article Prize

Winner: Nathan Ince, “As Long as that Fire Burned’: Indigenous Warriors and Political Order in Upper Canada, 1837-42”. Volume 103, no.3 (September 2022: 384-407)

The Canadian Historical Review's Best Article Prize is awarded to the best article published in the journal in the previous volume year, as selected by the Advisory Board and the editors.

Canadian Committee on Labor History

Best Article Prize

Winner: Cameron Willis, “‘If You Want Anything, You Have to Fight for It’: Prisoner Strikes at Kingston Penitentiary, 1932-1935,” Labour/Le Travail 89 (Spring 2022): 89-145.

Eugene A. Forsey Prize For Undergraduate Student Dissertation Prize

Winner: Katharine Ritcher, "The Criminalization of Unemployment Strikes in Depression-Era Nova Scotia, 1931-1936," dissertation, Dalhousie University.

Eugene A. Forsey Graduate Student Dissertation Prize

Winner: Benoit Marsan, « « L’heure des pétitions est passée, il faut des actes » : les sans-travail et la protestation au Québec durent l’entre-deux-guerres (1919-1939) ». Dissertation doctorale, UQÀM.

Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism Article Prize

Winner: Kassandra Luciuk, “‘They Will Crack Heads When the Communist Line is Expounded’ : Anti-Communist Violence in Cold War Canada”. Labour/Le Travail 90 (Fall 2022): 149-78.

Best Article or Book Chapter Prize of the Network in Canadian History & Environment

Winners: Colleen Campbell & Tina Loo, “Making Tracks: A Grizzly and Entangled History” in Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History, ed. Jennifer Bonnell and Sean Kheraj. University of Calgary Press, 2022: 235-268.

Canadian Committee on Women’s and Gender History

Hilda Neatby Prize

Winners of the English Language Article:
Joan K. F. Heggie and Sarah Carter, “Miss Jack May, Lady Farmer in England and Canada” Women's History Review, 21 Oct 2022.

Political History Group

Book Prize

Winner: Fernand Harvey, Histoire des politiques culturelles au Québec, 1855-1976 (Septentrion, 2022)

Canadian Business History Association

Best Article Prize

Winner: Matthew J. Bellamy, “Business Against Drunk Driving: The Neoliberal State, Labatt Brewery, and the Creation of the ‘Responsible Drinker’”, Enterprise & Society (2022), 1-24.

Best Book Prize

Winner: Daniel Robinson, Cigarette Nation: Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975 (McGill Queens University Press, 2022).

Public History Group Prize

Best Project Prize

Winner: Mary Jane Logan McCallum, The Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project.

Indigenous History Prize

Best Book Prize

Lianne C. Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake (Toronto: UTP).

Annette W. de Stecher, Wendat Women’s Arts (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022).


John Bullen Prize

Honours the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Winner: Alison MacAulay, “Filming History: Visual Representations of Rwanda, 1916-2014” PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 2022. 

CHA Teaching Awards

Early or Alternative Career Award - Canadian History

Winner: Rebecca Beausaert 

Early or Alternative Career Award – Other than Canadian History

Winner: Katherine Bruce-Lockhart 

Open State Career Award - Canadian History

Winner: David Webster

Open Career State Award, other than Canadian History

Winner: Kevin Coleman

Clio Prizes

For meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history.

Atlantic Region

Winner: Harvey Amani Whitfield,  Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes.  University of Toronto Press, 2022.


Winner: Steven High, Deindustrializing Montreal.Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. McGill-Queen’s University Press.


Winner: Lianne C. Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake. University of Toronto Press.

The Prairies

Winner: Susan Dianne Brophy, A Legacy of Exploitation: Early Capitalism in the Red River Colony, 1763-1821. University of British Columbia Press.

British Columbia

Winner: Sean Carleton, Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia. University of British Columbia Press.

The North

Winners: Carol Payne, Beth Greenhorn, Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, and Christina Williamson, eds.  Atiqput: Inuit Oral History and Project Naming. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Wallace K. Ferguson Prize

Awarded to outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history.

Short list in alphabetical order

Winner: Abigail Krasner Balbale, The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus. Cornell University Press.

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