The Distinguished Scholar Prize is for an outstanding English-language article-length publication relating to a society or societies that are influenced by Eastern Christian culture.

2014: Valentina Izmirlieva. Christian Hajjis—the Other Orthodox Pilgrims to Jerusalem.” Slavic Review 73, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 322-46. (Professor Izmirlieva discussed this project at New York University in April 2014).

Honorable mention: Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock. “The Ticket to the Soviet Soul: Science, Religion, and the Spiritual Crisis of Late Soviet Atheism.” Russian Review (April 2014):171-97.

2013: Nadieszda Kizenko. “Feminized Patriarchy? Orthodoxy and Gender in Post-Soviet Russia.” Signs 38, no. 3 (Spring 2013): 595-621.

Honorable mention: Fergus Millar. “The Evolution of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the Pre-Islamic Period: From Greek to Syriac?” Journal of Early Christian Studies 21, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 43-92.

2012: Gary Hamburg. “Religious Toleration in Russian Thought, 1520–1825.” Kritika, 13, no. 3 (2012): 515-59.

Honorable mention: Robert H. Greene. “Bodies in Motion: Steam-Powered Pilgrimages in Late Imperial Russia. Russian History 39, no, 1-2 (2012): 247-68.

2011: David B. Miller. “The Politics and Ceremonial of Joasaf Skripitsyn’s Installation as Metropolitan on 9 February 1539.” Russian Review 70, no. 2 (April 2011): 234-51

2010: Sergei Zhuk. “Religion, ‘Westernization’ and Youth in the ‘Closed City’ of Soviet Ukraine, 1964–84.” Russian Review 67, no. 4 (October 2008): 661-79.

2009: Francis Butler. “Ol’ga’s Conversion and the Construction of Chronicle Narrative.” Russian Review 67, no. 2 (April 2008): 230-42.

2008: Vera Shevzov. “Scripting the Gaze: Liturgy, Homilies, and the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Late Imperial Russia.” In Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia. Edited by Mark D. Steinberg and Heather J. Coleman, 61-92. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.