The Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Award ($500) honors the best demonstration of significant scholarship in the Southern California Quarterly by a rising historian.
Doyce Nunis wrote and edited more than forty books and seventy articles, specializing in the history of the American West and California. He began his relationship with the HSSC in 1962, editing the Southern California Quarterly for forty-three years. Born in Georgia, Nunis served in the Navy before graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1947. He then earned a master’s degree in education in 1952 and a doctorate in history in 1958, both from USC. After receiving tenure at El Camino College, Nunis began at UCLA as an Assistant Professor of Education and History before achieving the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Nunis joined the faculty of USC as an Associate Professor in 1965, and was a Full Professor from 1968 until his retirement in 1989. Professor Nunis was the recipient of USC’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Rubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award, Mortar Board’s Outstanding Professor Award as well as the USC Distinguished Emeriti Award. In 1984, Nunis received the Benemerenti Medal from Pope John Paul II in “recognition of his importance in terms of Californian history and the history of the Catholic Church in California.” He was a Knight of St. Gregory and a Guggenheim Fellow in 1964. In an interview, Nunis said, “I have found historical research to be an unending chain of questions with one link drawing you on to the next. It is a grand pursuit.”
The award is selected by the editorial board. There is no application or nomination process.
Benjamin Cawthra, “Duke Ellington’s Jump for Joy and the Fight for Equality in Wartime Los Angeles,” Southern California Quarterly 98:1 (Spring 2016): 5-58.
Kathleen A. Brown, “Persistent Pacificism, Southern California Women, and the People’s Council of America, 1917-1918,” Southern California Quarterly 97, no. 3 (Winter 2015): 362-398.
James Tejani for “Dredging the Future: The Destruction of Coastal Estuaries and the Creation of Metropolitan Los Angeles, 1858-1908,” Southern California Quarterly 96, 1 (2014): 5-39.