The Walter W. Ristow Prize Results


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 Modem 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 Anne Roper, PhD Candidate, University of Kansas

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


1995 Second Place

Martin Coulter, Undergraduate, University of Aberdeen, Scotland:

John Wood's Plan of the Cities of 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 Mention

Lucy Chester, PhD Candidate, Yale University

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


1998 Honorable Mention

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

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


1998 Honorable Mention

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 Mention

Kenneth Mitchell, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

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


1999 Honorable Mention

Jilly Traganou, Post-Doctorate Scholar, Tokyo Keizai University

Geographic Representations of the Tokaio from Edo to Meiji Japan



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 Mention

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


2001 Honorable Mention

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 Papua­New 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 Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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


2003 Honorable Mention

Yongtao Du, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contesting Spatial Order: Merchant Geography in Late-Ming China


2003 Honorable Mention

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, 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 Oronce Fine: The 1531 Double Cordiform Map of the World


2005 Honorable Mention

Mark Fink, University of Texas at Arlington

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


2005 Honorable Mention

Robert Sherwood, University of Texas at Arlington

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 Mention

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


2006 Honorable Mention

Avan Stallard, University of Queensland, Australia

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



2007 Ristow Prize Winner

Wesley J. Reisser, MA Candidate, George Washington University

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


2007 Honorable Mention

Laura Ambrose, PhD Candidate, 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 Mention

Alexander Hidalgo, PhD Candidate, University of Arizona

The Space between Us: Indigenous Mapmakers in Colonial Oaxaca


2008 Honorable Mention

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 Mention

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

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


2009 Honorable Mention

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, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

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


2010 Honorable Mention

Emma Thompson, Skidmore College

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



2011 Ristow Prize Winner

Kevin E. Sheehan, PhD Candidate, Durham University (England)

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


2011 Honorable Mention

Julie McDougall, Doctoral Student, 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