He is honored for his article “Communication in an Anglican Empire: Edmund Gibson and his Commissaries: 1723-1748” published in the June 2015 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History. Dr. Koke noted in receipt of the award that the article “was one of those moments when one is in the archive and the story just spills out onto the page.”
The Burr award honors the renowned scholar Nelson R. Burr, whose two-volume A Critical Bibliography of Religion in America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961) and other works constitute landmarks in the field of religious historiography. Each year a committee of the Society selects the author of the most outstanding article in the Society's journal, Anglican and Episcopal History, as recipient. The award also honors that which best exemplifies excellence and innovative scholarship in the field of Anglican and Episcopal history.