The Henry Barnard Prize

​The History of Education Society awards a prize of $500 biennially for the best graduate student essay in the history of education, broadly defined to cover a wide range of educational and cultural institutions inside and outside of the United States. This includes work on schools and universities, teachers, students, and families. Nominations by faculty, graduate advisors, department chairs, and deans, as well as self-nominations by students, are welcome. Authors must be students at the time of submission, and essays must be unpublished works. The winning essay will be published in History of Education Quarterly. HES also extends a $250 travel supplement to the Barnard Prize winner for her/his attendance at the annual meeting. The 2021 HES meeting will be Thursday, November 4th- Sunday, November 7th, 2021 in San Diego, California. For more information about the annual meeting, go to

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

Entrants should e-mail the essay and a one-page vita as separate attachments (in Microsoft Word or as pdf files) to You can also direct any questions to the committee chair, Danielle Wingfield-Smith, at

Manuscripts should adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style, be double-spaced in 12-point font, and not exceed 35 pages in length including endnotes; the author’s name should appear only on the cover page. For further instructions, see the History of Education Quarterly author guidelines.

2021 Prize Committee


Danielle Wingfield-Smith

Gonzaga University

Sevan Terzian

University of Florida

Kabria Baumgartner

University of New Hampshire