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Diversity Book Awards

Non-fiction Awards: Hispanic/Latino/Chicano Studies

Bolton-Johnson Prize Best English-language book on any aspect of Latin American History (Conference on Latin American History).

2020: Natalia Milanesio (University of Houston), ¡Destape! Sex Democracy, & Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).

2019: Maria Cristina Soriano Gómez, Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

2018: Peter Guardino, The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War (Harvard University Press, 2017).

2017: Celso Castilho, Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016).

2016: Anne Twinam, Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos, and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford University Press, 2015).

Clarence H. Haring Prize Quinquennial prize for the Latin American author who has published the most outstanding book on Latin American history during the 5 preceding years (American Historical Association)

2021 (Recipient will be announced in October 2021). 
2016: Antonio Garcia de León,
Tierra Adentro, mar en fuera: El Puerto de Veracruz y su Litoral a Sotavento, 1519-1821 (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2011).

Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Latina/Latino Sociology Section - American Sociological Association)

2020, Co-winners:

María del Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Maria G. Rendón, Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second Generation Latinos (Russell Sage Foundation, 2019).

2019, Co-winners:

Amada Armenta, Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement (University of California Press, 2017).

Greg Prieto, Immigrants Under Threat: Risk and Resistance in Deportation Nation (NYU Press, 2018).

2018: Hector Carrillo, Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

2017: Joanna Dreby, Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families (University of California Press, 2015).

2016, Co-winners:

Leisy Abrego, Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders (Stanford University Press, 2014).

Tanya Golash-Boza, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism (NYU Press, 2015).

Friedrich Katz Prize Best book published in English focusing on Latin America, including the Caribbean (American Historical Association)

2020: Marixa Lasso, Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal (Harvard Univ. Press, 2019).

2019: Michel Gobat, Empire by Invitation: William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America (Harvard Univ. Press, 2018).

2018: Lisa Sousa, The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico (Stanford Univ. Press, 2017).

2017: Jane Mangan, Transatlantic Obligations: Creating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015).

2016: Edward Beatty, Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (Univ. of California Press, 2015).

Haiti Book Prize best single-authored book in Haitian studies in the social sciences (Haitian Studies Association)

2019, Co-winners:

Marlene L. Daut, Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

Patti Marxsen, Jacques Roumain: A Life of Resistance (Educa Vision, 2019)

Jeffrey Kahn, Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

2017: Alex Bellande, Haïti déforestée, paysages remodelés (Cidihca, 2015)

Howard F. Cline Memorial Prize Book in English, German, or a Romance language judged to make the most significant contribution to the history of Indians in Latin America (Conference on Latin American History)

2019: Matthew Restall, When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (Harper Collins, 2019).

2017: Camilla Townsend, Annals of Native America: How the Nahuas of Colonial Mexico Kept Their History Alive (Oxford University Press, 2016).

International Latino Book Awards - History Latino writers and non-Latinos who are writing on Latino topics (Empowering Latino Futures)

Best History Book

2020: Anna M. Nogar, Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor Maria de Agreda and the Lady in Blue, 1628 to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018).


(English) Luis Martínez-Fernández, Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba (University Press of Florida, 2018).
(Spanish) Juan Gossain and Benjamin Villegas, Crónicas del Comercio en Cartagena (Villegas Editores, 2018).


(English) Gary Neeleman & Rose Neeleman, Rubber Soldiers: The Forgotten Army that Saved the Allies in WWII (Schiffer Publishing, 2017).
(Spanish) Robert Tórrez,
Voices From the Past: The Comanche Raid of 1776 & Other Tales of New Mexico History (Rio Grande Books, 2017).

2017: Silverio Perez, La vitrina rota o ¿qué carajo pasó aquí? (Ediciones Callejón, 2016).

2016: Lori A. Flores, Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement (Yale University Press, 2016).

International Latino Book Awards - Latino writers and non-Latinos who are writing on Latino topics

Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Award


(English) Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You:A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America (Atria Books, 2020).

(Spanish) Lilyam Martino, El escudo de David (MEL Projects Publishing and Entertainment, 2019).


(English) José Andrés, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at Time (Ecco, 2018).
(Spanish) Carlos E. Pedre Pentón,
Angola, La Guerra Innecesaria (CreateSpace Publishing , 2017).
2018: Frederick Luis Aldama,
Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (University of Arizona Press, 2017).

2017: Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Mestizos Come Home!: Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).


(English) Mayra Calvani, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Paladin Timeless Books, 2015).
(Spanish/Bilingual) María Elena Lavaud,
La Habana Sin Tacones (CreateSpace Publishing, 3rd edition: 2017).

Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America outstanding book of non-fiction published in English on human rights, democracy and social justice in contemporary (Duke Human Rights Center)

2020: Theresa Keeley, Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: The Catholic Conflict Over Cold War Human Rights Policy in Central America (Cornell University Press, 2020).

2019: Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019).

2018: María McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia (Nation Books, 2018).

2017: Matt Eisenbrandt, Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Óscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice (University of California Press, 2017).

2016: Chad Broughton, Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize Outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures (Modern Language Association)

2019: Nicholas R. Jones (Bucknell University), Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State Univ. Press, 2019).

2018: Maite Conde (University of Cambridge), Foundational Films: Early Cinema and Modernity in Brazil (University of California Press, 2018).

2017: B. Christine Arce (University of Miami), México’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women (State Univ. of New York Press, 2017).

2016: Nancy J. Gates Madsen (Luther College), Trauma, Taboo, and Truth-Telling: Listening to Silences in Postdictatorship Argentina (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2016).

Latin American Studies Association - Section Awards

Elsa Chaney Prize, Gender and Feminist Studies Section

2020: Annie Wilkinson (University of California), The Death Threat of Gender: Security Culture and Transnational Pro-Family Activism in Mexico

2019: Camilla Reuterswärd (University of Wisconsin), Mobilizing For Mortal Sin? Social Movements And The Struggle Over Abortion Policy In Subnational Mexico

2018: Mounia El Kotni (The State University of New York), Between Cut and Consent: Indigenous Women's Experiences of Obstetric Violence in Mexico

2017: Elva Orozco Mendoza (Drexel University), “Las Madres de Chihuahua: Maternal Activism, Public Disclosure, and the Politics of Visibility,” New Political Science 41 (2) 211-233.

Helen Safa Prize, Gender and Feminist Studies Section

2020: Carolina Arango, When Sisterhood is at Stake: The Case of a Colombian Feminist NGO in Times of Global Neoliberalism

2019: Lucía Stavig (University of North Carolina), Unwittingly Agreed: Fujimori, Neoliberal Governmentality, and the Inclusive Exclusion of Campesinas in the World of Women’s Rights

2018: Rachel Elfenbein, Mobilized yet Contained within Chavista Populism: Popular Women’s Organizing around Venezuela’s 2012 Organic Labor Law

2017: Rosario Fernández (Universidad de Londres), Domestic labour in Chile: Questioning Difference

Isis Duarte Book Prize, Haiti and Dominican Republic Section

2020: Jeffrey S. Kahn (University of California), Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

2019: Dixa Ramírez (Brown University), Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (NYU Press, 2018).

2018: Elizabeth Manley (Xavier University), The Paradox of Paternalism (University Press of Florida, 2017)

2017: Lorgia García-Peña (Harvard University), The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke University Press, 2016).

Best Book in Recent History and Memory, Historia Reciente y Memoria Section

2020: Aldo Marchesi, Latin America's Radical Left: Rebellion and Cold War in the Global 1960s (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

María Elena Martínez Prize Most significant work on the history of Mexico (Conference on Latin American History).

2020: Sonya Lipsett-Rivera (Carleton University), The Origins of Macho: Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2019).

2019: Mónica Muñoz Martínez, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018)

2018: Pablo Piccato, A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth and Justice in Mexico (University of California Press, 2017).

2017: William B. Taylor, Theater of a Thousand Wonders: A History of Miraculous Images and Shrines in New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

2016: Elena Albarrán, Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism (Nebraska University Press, 2014).

NACCS Book Award Outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies ).

2020: Cristina Salinas, Managed Migrations: Growers, Farmworkers, and Border Enforcement in the Twentieth Century (University of Texas Press, 2018).

2019: Ella Maria Diaz, Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force:  Mapping a Chicano/a Art History (University of Texas Press, 2017).

2018: Ylce Irizarry (University of South Florida), Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

2017: Maria Josefina Saldana-Portillo, Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States (Duke University Press, 2016).

2016: Carlos Kevin Blanton, George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration (Yale University Press, 2015).

Prize in United States Latina/Latino or Chicana/Chicano Literature or Culture Outstanding scholarly study in any language of United States Latina and Latino or Chicana and Chicano literature or culture (Modern Language Association)

2017-2018, Co-winners::

Stephanie Fetta (University of Massachusetts) Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature (Ohio State Univ. Press, 2018)
Licia Fiol-Matta (New York University),
The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke Univ. Press, 2016)

2015-2016: Ylce Irizarry (University of South Florida), Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction: The New Memory of Latinidad (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

William M. LeoGrande Award Best book or article in Latin American or Latino Studies (Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University)

2019: Ernesto Castañeda-Tinoco, A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona (Stanford University Press, 2018).

2018: Anthony Fontes, Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City (University of California Press, 2018).

2017: Michael Bader, “The Fragmented Evolution of Racial Integration since the Civil Rights Movement,” Sociological Science 3 (8), 135-164.

2016: Austin Hart, Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Fiction Awards: Hispanic/Latino/Chicano Studies

International Latino Book Awards - Fiction Latino writers and non-Latinos who are writing on Latino topics (Empowering Latino Futures)


(English/Bilingual) Melissa Rivero, The Affairs of the Falcóns (Ecco, 2019).
(Spanish) Cecilia Granadino,
Kantutas salvajes: Historias de mujeres (Scriba NYC, 2020).

2019: JL Ruiz, Irreversible Damage: The Katie Suarez Social Justice Series (WPR Publishing, 2019).


(English) Natalia Sylvester, Everyone Knows You Go Home (Little A, 2018).
(Spanish) Eduardo Cabrera,
9 Cuentos de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos (CreateSpace Publishing, 2017).


(English) Cecilia Velástegui, Lucia Zárate (Libros Publishing, 2017).
(Spanish) Andrea Amosson,
Las lunas de Atacama (Atacama Press, 2016).

(English) Jennine Capó Crucet, Make Your Home Among Strangers (St. Martin's Press, 2015).
(Spanish/Bilingual) Orlando Addison,
Ernesto Gamboa (CreateSpace Publishing, 2014).