The Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize honors lifetime achievement
in and contribution to the field of American Studies. Each year’s
prize committee is instructed to consider afresh the meaning of a
“lifetime contribution to American Studies.” The definitions of terms
like “contribution” and even of “American Studies” remain open,
healthily contested, and thus renewed.
The 2012 prizewinner is Donald Pease, Dartmouth College.