The Timothy Dow Adams Award

Presented by the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

Timothy Dow Adams

These awards are made in honor of Timothy Dow Adams, one of the founding editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies and a longtime friend and supporter of the journal. His outstanding scholarship—including the two books, Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography and Life Writing, Light Writing: Photography in Autobiography—have had a lasting impact on the field. As a way to honor his life and work, the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies created the Timothy Dow Adams Awards. These prizes are intended to continue Tim’s legacy of mentorship while supporting emerging and underrepresented scholars’ attendance at an International Auto/Biography Association Conference.

TDA Awards: Two awards are made in conversation with the conference conveners –one at the faculty level and one at the student level– both include funding and mentorship. No applications are accepted for these awards. Conference conveners make nominations from within the application pool.

TDA Travel Grants: In 2018, the editors of a/b, in collaboration with the IABA Student and New Scholar Network, introduced travel grants for graduate students; independent scholars; and, contingent, underfunded, and underrepresented faculty members to attend the IABA global conferences. To apply for this award, please submit application materials to by ​April 20, 2018. The application packet should include: a cover letter explaining how your research, scholarship, and previous experiences support and extend the themes of the conference as well as how these attributes contribute to diversifying the work of the event, a copy of the accepted conference abstract, a biographical note, and a copy of your acceptance letter from the conference.

We welcome contributions to the Timothy Dow Adams Awards and are hopeful that we can support as many students and emerging scholars as possible. To donate, please login to your PayPal account and make a payment to If you do not have a PayPal account, you may still donate through PayPal with a credit card. You may also mail a check made out to a/b: Auto/Biography Studies to Emily Hipchen, 434 Foggy Bottom Drive, Carrollton, GA 30116, USA.


The Autobiography Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please request a donation receipt at the time of your contribution. Thank you!

The Hogan Prize

Nominated by our guest editors and selected by a guest judge.

Named for Rebecca and Joseph Hogan, the two longstanding editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, this award is presented annually to a scholar in recognition of an outstanding essay submitted to a special issue of the journal. The prize includes publication in the special issue and an award of $750. This award is generously supported by Routledge Journals.

In 2015, The Hogan Prize was awarded to a submission to the special issue, “Broken Dialogues,” edited by Eva C. Karpinski, York University. The guest judge was Leigh Gilmore, Wellesley College.

Hogan Joe

Joseph Hogan

Hogan Becky

Rebecca Hogan