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About this Prize

A founding member in 1960 of what was then the American Committee for Irish Studies, Robert E. Rhodes served on the ACIS executive committee for many years and as ACIS president from 1986-88. When the book prize in literature was established in his name by Maureen Murphy in 1999, Rhodes began the practice of buying the books of every prize winner, and writing a congratulatory note to each recipient.

Born in Cortland, New York, in 1927, he served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines, and graduated from Cortland State Teachers College. He went on to earn his MA in 1955 and his PhD in 1964 in English at the University of Michigan. Returning to New York, he taught literature from 1958 to 1988 at the State University of New York at Cortland. Rhodes was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Cortland Distinguished Alumnus Award. He retired from SUNY Cortland as Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Irish Literature, and remained active on campus until shortly before his death on September 24, 2016. Grateful students established the Robert Rhodes ‘53 Scholarship at SUNY Cortland in his honor.

Past recipients

Prize Committee

To submit your book for consideration, please complete the pre-submission form below to obtain mailing addresses of committee members. To meet the prize deadline, submissions must be postmarked by January 1, 2021. It is the responsibility of the nominated author to ensure that the postmark deadline of January 1, 2021 is observed.

Julia Obert (Committee Chair)
University of Wyoming

Nathalie Anderson
Swarthmore College

Renée Fox
University of California, Santa Cruz