Alfred B. Thomas Award Recipients

YearAward Winner
2023-24Max Deardorff, A Tale of Two Granadas: Custom, Community, and Citizenship in the Spanish Empire, 1568–1668. Cambridge University Press, 2023.

Honorable Mention: Jürgen Buchenau, The Sonoran Dynasty in Mexico: Revolution, Reform, and Repression. University of Nebraska Press, 2023.
2022-23Miguel Valerio, Sovereign Joy: Afro-Mexican Kings and Queens, 1539–1640. Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Honorable Mention: Christina Ramos, Bedlam in the New World: A Mexican Madhouse in the Age of Enlightenment. University of North Carolina Press, 2022.
2021-22Diana Montaño, Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City. University of Texas, 2021.

Honorable Mention: Carmen Soliz, Fields of Revolution: Agrarian Reform and Rural State Formation in Bolivia, 1935-1964. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.

Honorable Mention: Jeffrey D. Pugh, The Invisibility Bargain: Governance Networks and Migrant Human Security. Oxford University Press, 2021.
2020-21Juan José Ponce Vázquez, Islanders and Empire: Smuggling and Political Defiance in Hispaniola, 1580–1690. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Erbig, Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America. University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
2019-20Christoph Rosenmüller, Corruption and Justice in Colonial Mexico, 1650-1755. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Honorable Mention: Natalia Milanesio, Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019.
2018-19Alison J. Bruey, Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet’s Chile. University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.

Honorable Mention: Martin Nesvig, Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain. University of Texas Press, 2018.
2017-18Steven Hyland Jr., More Argentine Than You: Arabic-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina. University of New Mexico Press, 2017.
2016-17Benjamin Cowan, Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Honorable Mention: Christina Bueno, The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, 2016.
2015-16Renata Keller, Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Honorable Mention: Victor Uribe-Uran, Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish AtlanticStanford University Press, 2015.
2014-15Rebecca Atencio, Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil. University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 
2013-14Tiffany A. Sippial, Prostitution, Modernity, and the Making of the Cuban Republic, 1840-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2013.
2012-13Hector Lindo-Fuentes and Erik Ching. Modernizing Minds in El Salvador: Education Reform and the Cold War, 1960-1980. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012.

Honorable Mention: Michael L. Conniff, Panama and the United States: The End of the Alliance. Third Edition. Athens: The University of George Press, 2012.
2011-12Emily Wakild, Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico’s National Parks, 1910-1940. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011.

Honorable Mention: James A. Wood, The Society of Equality. Popular Republicanism and Democracy in Santiago de Chile 1818-1851. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2011.
2010-11Ida Altman, The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524-1550. University of New Mexico Press, 2010.

Honorable Mention: Jerry Dávila, Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950-1980. Duke University Press, 2010.
2009-10Jan H. French, Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Brazil’s Northeast. University of North Carolina, 2009.

Honorable Mention: Stephen D. Morris, Political Corruption in Mexico: The Impact of Democratization. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2009.
2008-09John J. Dwyer, The Agrarian Dispute: The Expropriation of American-Owned Rural Land in Postrevolutionary Mexico. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Honorable Mention: Verónica Grossi, Sigilosos v(u)elos epistemológicos en Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2007.
2007-08Kathleen R. Martin, Discarded Pages: Araceli Cab Cumi, Maya Poet and Politician. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.
2006-07Jürgen Buchenau, Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
2005-06Michael Handelsman, Leyendo la globalización desde la mitad del mundo: Identidad y resistencia en el Ecuador. Quito: Editorial El Conejo, 2005.

Honorable Mention: Stephen D. Morris, Gringolandia: Mexican Identiy and Perceptions of the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
2004-05Alan McPherson, Yankee No: Anti-Americanism in US-Latin American Relations. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Honorable Mention: Jürgen Buchenau, Tools of Progress: A German Merchant Family in Mexico City, 1865- present. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.
2003-04Max Paul Friedman, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II. New York: Cambridge UP, 2003.

Honorable Mention: David A. Carey, Jr. Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press 2002.
2002-03Merlin H. Forster, The Committed Word: Studies in Spanish-American Poetry. Oxford: University of Mississippi, Romance Monographs No. 59, 2002.
1998-99Thomas Schoonover, Germany in Central America: Competitive Imperialism, 1821-1929 (Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama Press, 1998).
1997-98Kyle Longley, The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States during the Rise of José Figueres (Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama Press, 1997).
1996-97Judith Ewell, Venezuela and the United States: From Monroe’s Hemphere to Petroleum’s Empire (Athens: U Georgia Press, 1996).
1995-96John A Britton, Revolution and Ideology: Images of the Mexican Revolution in the United States (Lexington: U Press of Kentucky, 1995).
1994-95Ralph Lee Woodward, Rafael Carrera and the Emergence of the Republic of Guatemala, 1821-1871 (Athens: U Georgia Press, 1993).
1992-93Helen Delpar, The Enormous Vogue of Things Mexican (Tuscaloosa: U Alabama Press, 1992).