The Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association invites nominations for the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. The prize was established in 2012, and will honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring. The winner will be announced at the Mentoring Breakfast of the Minority Scholars’ Committee during the annual meeting of the association at each annual meeting.

Nominations will be considered “active” for three years, including the year of initial submission.  Those submitting nominations are welcome to send updated or additional information every year during that time, to supplement the original nomination packet.  Any supplements must be received by the deadline for submission of nominations of any given year.

Nomination materials should include:

  1. A letter of nomination (no longer than 5 single-spaced pages) describing the nominee’s achievements in mentoring underrepresented students and faculty working in the field of American studies, broadly construed. This statement should include his or her contributions to locally (at their home institution), nationally, and internationally. This statement might also address the nominee’s scholarly contributions, as well as the impact of the nominee’s research on the careers of underserved and underrepresented publics.
  2. Supporting letters from collaborators, colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students mentored. Although these letters can be individually authored, nominators are urged to solicit a smaller set of collectively authored letters with multiple signatories.
  3. The nominee’s c.v.
  4. URLs for any relevant websites.

Submitted materials should be representative, rather than exhaustive; the committee strongly encourages that longer documents be excerpted or summarized. Total materials submitted should not exceed 25 pages. For more information, potential nominators may contact the committee chair, Martin Fajardo Manalansan <>

One set of nominating materials must be submitted to the ASA website by April 1, 2018.

The inaugural award was presented to Richard Yarborough, Professor of English at UCLA, a former ASA National Council member, and one of the founders of the Minority Scholars’ Committee, at the 2012 Minority Scholars’ Breakfast in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The 2013 award was presented to Professor Paul Spickard of the University of California, Santa Barbara, at the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  In 2014, the Minority Scholars Committee posthumously awarded the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award to Professor José Esteban Muñoz of New York University, at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.  Professor Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University was the 2015 recipient of this award, presented to him at the Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Professor Martin F. Manalansan IV of the University of Illinois was the 2016 recipient of this award, presented to him at the Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. And Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York was the 2017 recipient of this award, presented to her at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.