Past Award Recipients

Past Recipients of the Donald Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award

This award previously known as Starting Scholar Awards was renamed to the Donald Durnbaugh Starting Scholar Award in 2005.


  • 2020 – No Award Given


  • 2019 – Annelise Vought, “A Vision with a Business: Kerista Commune’s Utopian Capitalism”
  • 2018 – Joseph P. Slaughter, “Harmony in Business: Communal Capitalism in the Early Republic”
  • 2017 – Amy Hart, “Owned and Controlled by Negroes: Allenwood and the Study of Subnational Space”
  • 2016 – Lane Atmore, “Death of a Guru: An Analysis of the Postcharismatic Phase in the Transcendental Meditation Movement.”
  • 2015 – Leigh Gialanella, “Discord in Utopia: Reconciling Perfectionism with Human Nature in the Oneida Community”
  • 2014 – Caroline Clarke, “The Millerites and the Shakers”
  • 2013 – No Award Given
  • 2012 – Torang Asadi, “Perfect Embodiments: Corporeal, Communal, and Collective Bodies of Twelve Tribes Community”
  • 2011 – Iris Kunze, “Social Innovations for Communal and Ecological Living”
  • 2010 – Thomas A. Guiler, “Rebuilding Oneida: Ideology, Architecture, and Community Planning in the Oneida Community Limited, 1880-1935”


  • 2009 – David Swartz, “The Third Way: The Politics of Spiritual Community in the Evangelical Left”
  • 2008 – Kathryn Turner, “Becoming “Two-in-One”: Imaginary Space and Androgyny in Koreshan Universology”
  • 2006 – Michelle Smith, “Painting the Living Scenery of Amana: A Case Study of the Rhetoric of Containment”
  • 2005 – Erika Doot, “Heritage Tourism and Identity Transformation in the Amana Colonies”
  • 2004 – Laurie Rivlin Heller, “The More Philosophy of Victor Baranco and the Institute of Human Abilities”
  • 2003 – No Award Given
  • 2002 – Neva Jean Specht, “‘Constrained to Afford Them Countenance and Protection’: The Role of the Philadelphia Friends in the Settlement of Separatists of Zoar”
  • 2001 – Tim Hodgdon, “The Male Work Ethic is Busted: Manhood, Feminism, and the Sexual Division of Labor at Black Bear Ranch, 1966-74”
  • 2000 – Deirdre Hughes, “The World of Poor Eve: Re-defining Women’s Roles in Nineteenth Century Utopian Communities”


  • 1999 – Peter Hoehnle, “Communal Bonds: Contact Between the Amana Society and Other Communal Groups, 1843-1932”
  • 1997 – Sora Friedman, “No Place Like Home: The Settling of Jersey Homesteads, New Jersey”
  • 1996 – Brad Whitsel, “Taking Shelter from the Coming Storm: The Milliennial Impulse of the Church Universal and Triumphant”
  • 1995 – Elizabeth A. DeWolfe, “Weapons of Zion: Tales of Woe as a Source of Shaker Strength”