October, 2016

Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri Wins the Prestigious American Historical Association’s 2016 John F. Richards Prize

Washington, DC— Nayanjot Lahiri (Ashoka Univ.) has been selected as the winner of the 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India (Harvard Univ. Press, 2015).

The Richards Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in South Asian history. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017. “Reversing all conventions of kingship, the Emperor Ashoka recorded his greatest military triumph as tragedy, proclaiming an order of non-violence,” commented the prize committee.

“Lahiri deftly adjudicates between archaeological, textual, and geographical evidence to offer a dazzling interpretation of a remarkable figure of the ancient world and a deep history of ancient society. Her innovative linking of archaeology and biography recasts our understanding of historical methods and ancient worlds alike.” The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies.

The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of approximately 13,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. For further information, go to www.historians.org or call 202-544-2422. #

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