UT Professor Adam Clulow with the logo of the Dan David Prize for History

Liberal Arts Professor Awarded World’s Largest History Prize

  • Apr 7, 2023

[Editor's Note: This story is part of a new Texas Global series celebrating UT Austin faculty members whose work has received international honors or awards.]  

Adam Clulow, professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the 2023 Dan David Prize. Awarded by the Dan David Foundation, the prize is the largest in the world for history and historical studies.  

“I was delighted and deeply honored to receive the Dan David Prize,” Clulow said. “History as a discipline can sometimes feel under siege. The Dan David Prize represents a remarkable investment in history and in the careers of early and mid-career scholars and practitioners at the precise moment in which they can most benefit from such resources.” 

The $300,000 prize will broadly support Clulow’s ongoing academic and digital humanities work as a historian of early modern Asia. Clulow’s work is concerned broadly with the transnational circulation of ideas, people, practices and commodities across East and Southeast Asia. He is also the director of JapanLab.  

“This prize will enable me to aim higher, to seek out new audiences, and to work with more students operating at the intersection between technology and history.” 

Clulow’s recent books include “Amboina, 1623: Fear and Conspiracy on the Edge of Empire” (Columbia University Press, 2019) and “The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan” (Columbia University Press, 2016). 

The award will be conferred at a ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, in May 2023. 

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