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The Alcohol and Drug History Society Executive Committee is thrilled to announce the establishment of the William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize!

We warmly invite the ADHS membership, alongside Bill’s friends, colleagues and former students, to commemorate his life and work by donating to the Prize Fund.

William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize: Text


The Rorabaugh Book Prize commemorates the life of the late William (“Bill”) Rorabaugh (1945-2020), a pioneer in the social history of alcohol and a former president and tireless supporter of the Society. After earning his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, Bill went on to publish The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1979)–a work so far ahead of its time that it is still used in college-level history courses today. As a member of the history department faculty of the University of Washington-Seattle, Bill made his mark on the field of U.S. history with seven monographs, numerous journal articles, and a textbook. He remained active in the alcohol and drugs history field through enthusiastic participation in the ADHS leadership and conferences, devoted mentorship of junior scholars, and his most recent work, Prohibition: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2018). Bill passed away on March 19, 2020.

William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize: Text


The Rorabaugh Prize will be awarded annually to the author(s) of a first or second monograph in the English language in the history of alcohol and drug studies. Prizewinning books will exhibit the high standards of scholarship, superior quality, and distinguished contribution to the field that exemplified the work of Bill Rorabaugh. The Rorabaugh Prize shall be awarded without regard to citizenship, nationality, or any protected category.

We encourage submissions from all scholars, independent and university-affiliated, without regard to academic rank. The inaugural prize will be awarded in conjunction with the next conference of the ADHS, currently scheduled for Summer 2022 in Mexico City.

William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize: Text


Contributions to the Rorabaugh Prize fund are tax-deductible and may be made at any time. Notifications of the tax-deductible contribution will be sent by the treasurer in early January to coincide with most country tax documents.

You may donate online or by check. If you prefer to pay by check, please make them out to The Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 

Checks should be sent to the address below:

Dr. Robert Stephens

ADHS Treasurer

3861 Mountain Laurel RDG 

Blacksburg, VA  24060

If you prefer to donate online, please select the "Donate Here" button at the bottom of the page. This button will re-direct you a secure PayPal donation link. 

William J. Rorabaugh Book Prize: Text
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