History’s John Warne Monroe wins William Koren Jr. Prize for article

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John Warne Monroe, associate professor of history, has won the 2013 William Koren Jr. Prize by The Society for French Historical Studies for his recent article "Surface Tensions: Empire, Parisian Modernism, and ‘Authenticity’ in African Sculpture." Each year the prize goes to "the outstanding journal article published on any era of French history by a North American scholar in an American, European or Canadian journal." The prize has been given annually since 1986. Monroe’s article appeared in the American Historical Review, considered the most prestigious, highest-impact journal in the historical profession – the historian’s equivalent of the journals Science or Nature – with an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent. "It’s also famous for the intensity of its peer review: before my article was published, it went to seven different reviewers," Monroe said.