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Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

International Congress



WINNING BOOK: Stephen B. Neufeld The Blood Contingent: The Military and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1876-1911 (University of New Mexico Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Candelaria Garay Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Ernesto Bassi An Aqueous Territory. Sailor Geographies and New Granada´s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World (Duke University Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Jocelyn Olcott International Women´s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Oxford University Press, 2017)


WINNING BOOK: Michael Albertus Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform (Cambridge University Press)

WINNING BOOK: Barbara E. Mundy The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City (University of Texas Press)


WINNING BOOK: Ann Twinam Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford University Press)

HONORABLE MENTION: Fabiana Li Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism and Expertise in Peru (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: David Carey Jr. I ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (University of Texas Press)

WINNING BOOK: Thomas M. Klubock La Frontera: Forest and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: Lillian Guerra Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971 (University of North Carolina Press)

HONORABLE MENTION: Marc Hertzman Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: Joanne Rappaport and Tom Cummins Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes (Duke University Press, 2012)

HONORABLE MENTION: Isaac Campos Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)


WINNING BOOK: Jody Pavilak Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front on the Cold War

HONORABLE MENTION: Kathryn Burns Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru

HONORABLE MENTION: James Mahoney Colonialism and Development:Spanish America in Comparative Perspective


WINNING BOOK: Brian DeLay War of a Thousand Deserts

HONORABLE MENTION: Lauren Derby The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo


WINNING BOOK: Winifred Tate Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia

HONORABLE MENTION: Carmelo Mesa Lago Reassembling Social Security: A Survey of Pensions and Health Care Reforms In Latin America


WINNING BOOK: Myrna I. Santiago The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938

HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Battling for Hearts and Minds. Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973-1988 (Vol 2)


WINNING BOOK: Sybille Fisher Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Remembering Pinochet´s Chile: on the Eve of London 1998


WINNING BOOK: Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical

HONORABLE MENTION: Leslie Salzinger, Genders in Production. Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories


WINNING BOOK: Carmen Diana Deere and Magdalena León, Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002)

HONORABLE MENTION: Francine Masiello, The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis (Duke University Press, 2002)


WINNING BOOK: Greg Grandin, The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation

HONORABLE MENTION: Louis A. Perez, Jr. On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture


WINNING BOOK: Friedrich Katz, The Life and Times of Pancha Villa

HONORABLE MENTION: José C. Moya, Cousins and Strangers


WINNING BOOK: Mary Kay Vaughan,Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940

HONORABLE MENTION: Terry Karl, The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States

HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Monsivais, Mexican Postcards


WINNING BOOK: William B. Taylor, Magistrates of the Sacred: Priests and Parishioners in Eighteenth Century Mexico

HONORABLE MENTION: Warren Dean, With Broadax and Firebrand: the Destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest


WINNING BOOK: Florencia Mallon, Peasant and Nation: The Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru

HONORABLE MENTION: Robert G. Williams, States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America

HONORABLE MENTION: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Life on the Hyphen: the Cuban-American Way


WINNING BOOK: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Berkeley, 1992 [A Centennial Book])

HONORABLE MENTION: Gordon Brotherston, Book of the Fourth World: Reading the Native Americans through Their History (Cambridge, 1992)

HONORABLE MENTION: Joyce Marcus, Meso-American Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth and History in Four Ancient Civilizations (Princeton, 1992)


WINNING BOOK: Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Myth and Archives: A Theory of the Latin American Narrative (Cambridge University Press)

FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Ramón A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away (Stanford University Press)

SECOND HONORABLE MENTION: Nicholas Shumway,The Invention of Argentina (University of California Press


WINNING BOOK: Paul Drake, The Money Doctor in the Andes: The Kemmerer Missions, 1923-1933


WINNING BOOK: Thomas Skidmore, The Politics of Military Rule In Brazil, 1964-1985

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