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The Walter W. Ristow Prize

Winners & Honorable Mentions

1994 Ristow Prize Winner

John Hamer, Graduate Student, University of Michigan:

Worlds Apart: Norman Mappaemundi in England and Sicily

1994 Second Place

Brendan Ford, MS Geography Candidate, George Mason University

The History of Modern Mapping in Fairfax County, Virginia

1994 Third Place

Aaron B. Retish, Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin

A Foreign Perception of Russia: An Analysis of Anthony Jenkinson's Map of Russia, Muscovy, and Tartaria


1995 Ristow Prize Winner

Stephanie Abbot Roper, PhD Candidate, University of Kansas

Image Is Everything: English Maps of Colonial North America as Promotional Tools, 1530-1660

1995 Second Place

Brian Coulter, Undergraduate, University of Aberdeen, Scotland:

John Wood's Plan of the Cities, Aberdeen, 1828


1996 Ristow Prize Winner

Stephen C. Pinson, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Repressed Mimesis: Jomard and the ‘Monuments de la Geographie’

1996 Honorable Mention

David Hays, Graduate Student, Yale University

Antiquarian Cartography and the Origins of the Palazzo Barberini in Seventeenth Century Rome


1997 Ristow Prize Winner

Philip J. Stern, Undergraduate, Wesleyan University

Notwithstanding the Efforts of the Ancients and the Wishes of the Moderns: The Authority of Cartography in the Origins of the Modern British Exploration of Africa


1997 Honorable Mention

Stephen Tseng-hsin Chang, PhD/MPh Candidate, University of London

The Portuguese Maritime Discoveries Along the South East Coast of China in the First Half of the Sixteenth Century: A Cartographic View, 1513-1550


1998 Ristow Prize Winner

Kenneth Mitchell, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Juan de la Cruz Cano y Olmedilla's Mapa Geografico de America Meridional

1998 Honorable Mentions

Lucy Chester, PhD Candidate, Yale University

Mapping Imperial Expansion: Colonial Cartography in North America and South Asia


Lisa Davis-Allen, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Arlington

The National Palette: Painting and Map-Coloring in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic


Jennifer Turnham, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

Mapping the New World: Nicolas Sanson's 'Amerique Septentrionale' and French Cartography in the Seventeenth Century


1999 Ristow Prize Winner

Neil Safier, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Mapping Myths: The Cartographic Boundaries between Science and Speculation on La Condamine's Amazon, 1743-44

1999 Honorable Mentions

Jilly Traganou, Post-Doctorate Scholar, Tokyo Keizai University

Geographic Representations of the Tôkaidô from Edo to Meiji Japan

Kenneth Mitchell, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Mapping the French Empire: Jean Boisseau's 1643 'Description de la Nouvelle France' (Note: Mr. Mitchell won the Ristow Prize in 1998.)


2000 - No prize awarded


2001 Ristow Prize Winner

Dimitris K. Loupis, PhD Candidate, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Piri Reis' Book on Navigation and a Geography Handbook: Ottoman Efforts to Produce an Atlas during the Reign of Sultan Mehmed IV (1648¬-1687)


2001 Honorable Mentions

Michael Kimaid, PhD Candidate, Bowling Green University

From That Last Point, The Line Is Less Exact: The Problem of Cartography Prior to the Louisiana Purchase


Tine Ningal, MSc Candidate, International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), the Netherlands

A Case Study of Transition from Mental Map to Web-Based Mapping in Papua-New Guinea for Cartographic Education


2002 Ristow Prize Winner

Gary Spurr, MA Candidate, University of Texas at Arlington

Maps of Conquest: Indian and Spanish Maps of MesoAmerica

2002 Honorable Mention

Rushika February Hage, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis

The Island Book of Henricus Martellus: Charting Lands Known and Unknown


2003 Ristow Prize Winner

Ben Sheesley, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A Humboltian Science Framework for William Whewell's Maps of the Oceanic Tides

2003 Honorable Mentions

Yongtao Du, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contesting Spatial Order: Merchant Geography in Late-Ming China


Mitia Frumin, PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Russian Navy Mapping Activities in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean (Late 18th Century)


2004 Ristow Prize Winner

Veronica della Dora, PhD candidate in Geography, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Mapping Science and Myth on the Holy Mountain: Renaissance and Enlightenment Visions of Mount Athos


2005 Ristow Prize Winner

Ruth E. Watson, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

The Decorated Hearts of Orance Fine: The 1531 Double Cordiform Map of the World

2005 Honorable Mentions

Mark Fink, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas

Charting the Enlightenment: An Interpretation of Edmond Halley’s 1728 Chart of the Atlantick Ocean


Robert Sherwood, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas.

Humboldt’s Politics of Mapping: Alexander Humboldt’s Essay and General Chart of the Kingdom of New Spain


2006 Ristow Prize Winner

Gavin Hollis, University of Michigan

“Give me the map there”: ‘King Lear and Cartographic Literacy in Early Modern England’

2006 Honorable Mentions

Avan Judd Stallard, University of Queensland, Australia

Navigating Tasman’s 1642 Voyage of Exploration: Cartographic Instruments and Navigational Decisions


Jinny Gunston, University of Portsmouth, England

The Cowdray Engraving of the Siege of Boulogne, 1544: Analysis of a sixteenth century artifact, combining historic documentation with modern technology


2007 Ristow Prize Winner

Wesley J. Reisser, University of California, Los Angeles

Mapping the Peace: The American Inquiry and the Paris Peace Conference, 1918-1919

2007 Honorable Mention

Laura Ambrose, University of Michigan

Mapping "Travail" in Seventeenth-Century English Travel Guides


2008 Ristow Prize Winner

Diantha Steinhilper, PhD Candidate, Florida State University

Mapping Identity: Defining Community in the Culhuacán Map of the “Relaciones Geográficas”

2008 Honorable Mentions

Alexander Hidalgo, PhD Candidate, University of Arizona

The Space between Us: Indigenous Mapmakers in Colonial Oaxaca


Jason W. Smith, PhD Candidate, Temple University

Lighting the Path of the Mariner: Hydrography, Empire, and the U.S. Navy, 1898-1905


2009 Ristow Prize Winner

Matthew D. Mingus, PhD Candidate, University of Florida

Postwar Cartography and the Struggle to Build (and Destroy) the World Picture: A Few Case Studies


2009 Honorable Mentions

John A. Legrid, MS in Geography Candidate, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Republic to Empire: The Use of Cartographic Imagery in Augustan Rome


William Peake, University of Adelaide, Australia

How Historical Events Influenced the Map Content of the Atlases Published by Johnston and Stanford and the Events Determining These Decisions


2010 Ristow Prize Winner

Megan Barford, undergraduate in Modern History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

From Terra Australis Incognita to Whales and Shipping Routes: Cartographic Representations of the South Pacific, 1760-1860


2010 Honorable Mention

Emma Thompson, 2009 graduate of Skidmore College, New York

The Sea Monsters of Olaus Magnus: Classifying Wonder in the Natural World of Sixteenth Century Europe


2011 Ristow Prize Winner

Kevin Sheehan, PhD. candidate at Durham University in England,

Utility and Aesthetic: The Function and Subjectivity of Two Fifteenth Century Portolan Charts


2011 Honorable Mention

Julie McDougall, doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh

British School Atlases: Influence on Style and Map Content, c. 1870 – c. 1930


2012 Ristow Prize Winner

Thomas A. Weiss, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas, Arlington

MapAnalyst and Geographic Information Systems: Keys to Unlocking New Paths of Research in the History of Cartography


2012 Honorable Mention

Erin Maglaque, D.Phil Candidate, Oxford University

Writing Sentences with Toponyms: Archiving and Narrating the Colonial in the Cornaro Atlas


2013 Ristow Prize Winner

Justin T. Dellinger, a PhD. Student, University of Texas, Arlington

La Balise: A transimperial focal point


2013 Honorable Mention

Galia Halpern, PhD. candidate in Fine Arts, New York University

Fantasies of Plenitude: The Textual and Graphic Space of India in the Middle Ages


2014 Ristow Prize Winner

David Fedman, a PhD. candidate at Stanford University

Mapping Armageddon: The Cartography of Ruin in Occupied Japan


2014 Honorable Mention

Anouk Vermeulen, St. Andrews University in Scotland

Landscapes in Stone and Bronze: A New Interpretation of Four Monumental Formae


2015 Ristow Prize – no prize awarded


2016 Ristow Prize Winner

Ana del Cid Mendoza, PhD Architect

Professor of Urban History at E.T.S. Arquitectura, Universidad de Grenada (Spain)

Orientalist Cartographies: Granada and the Alhambra


2016 Honorable Mention

Valeria Manfrè, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow “Juan de la Cierva,” Art History Department, Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, University of Valladolid (Spain)

Theater of War – Mapping the Military Campaigns in Sardinia and Sicily: The Atlas of the Marqués de la Mina (1717-1720)


2017 Ristow Prize Winner

Lauren Bouchard Killingsworth

an undergraduate studying History and Biology at Stanford University

Mapping Public Health in Nineteenth-Century Oxford


2017 Honorable Mention

Koca Mehmet Kentel, Ph.D candidate, and an urban and environmental historian of the late Ottoman Istanbul, writing his dissertation at the University of Washington.

Navigating the British Empire through Geographical Board Games in the Nineteenth Century


2018 Ristow Prize Winner

Rheagan Eric Martin

PhD. candidate at the University of Michigan

Jacopo de' Barbari and the Limits of Knowledge


2018 Honorable Mentions

Jacob Singer, Wesleyan University

Exercises of the Imagination and Speculation: Mapping the Unknown American Northwest in the Mid-Eighteenth Century


Gregory McIntosh, doctoral candidate at the University of Lisbon

What I Tell You Three Times is True: The Problem of the Dating of the Kunstmann I Chart


2019 Ristow Prize Winner

Andrew J. Rhodes

M.A. with Highest Distinction, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

The Geographical President: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Used Maps to Make and Communicate Strategy


2019 Honorable mention

Luis J. Suter, M.S., Department of Geography, The George Washington University

Mapping the History of the Arctic: Global Connections in the Cartographic Record


2020 Ristow Prize Winner

Emily Boak

M.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology,

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

From the Hilltops: The British Mapping of Afghanistan, 1839-1919


2021 Ristow Prize Winner

LauraLee Brott

PhD Candidate in Medieval Art History,

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Meet Your Maker: The Tournai Maps of Asia and Palestine





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