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Howard F. Cline Book Prize In Mexican History

About the Award

The Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History is presented at each LASA International Congress to the author of an outstanding book of major importance to the development of the field of Mexican history, published in English or Spanish. The name of the prize shall be exclusively and always the Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History to honor Howard F. Cline (1915-1971), Director of the Hispanic Foundation at the Library of Congress (1952-1971), who was a historian of Mexico and a founder of the Latin American Studies Association.

Call for nominations

Books eligible for the 2022 award must have been published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Books will be judged on the quality of research, analysis, and writing, and the significance of their contribution to the history of Mexico. Books may be nominated by authors, LASA members, or publishers.

Persons who nominate books are responsible for confirming the publication date and for forwarding one copy directly to each member of the Award Committee, at the expense of the authors or publishers. Only current LASA Members or Publishers can nominate a book.

A nomination packet should include a statement justifying the nomination; a copy of the nominated book (printed or digital); and the complete mailing address, telephone, and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the nominee. Packets should be submitted by September 20, 2021. Nominations for the Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History must be submitted electronically. Please fill out the award submission form by September 20, 2021. For international shipping, please label all books as gifts and not as samples.

All books nominated must reach each member of the Award Committee and the LASA Secretariat by September 20, 2021. By January 20, 2022, the Committee will select a winning book. The award will be announced at the LASA2022 Welcome Ceremony, and the awardee will be publicly honored. In addition, the awardee will present his/her book in a special panel during the Congress. LASA membership is not a requirement to receive the award.

Members of the committee 2022:

Jocelyn Olcott (chair)
Duke University

Paula López Caballero
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Stephen Lewis
California State University, Chico 

Prize history


AWARDEE: Corinna Zeltsman, Ink Under the Fingernails: Printing Politics in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (University of California Press, 2021)

HONORABLE MENTION: Paul Gillingham, Unrevolutionary Mexico: The Birth of a Strange Dictatorship  (Yale University Press, 2021)


AWARDEES: Pablo Yankelevich, Los otros: raza, normas y corrupción en la gestión de la extranjería en México, 1900-1950 (Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert / Bonilla Artiga Editores, 2020) and Theodore Cohen, Finding Afro-Mexico: Race and Nation after the Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2020)


AWARDEE: Benjamin T. Smith, The Mexican Press and Civil Society, 1940-1976. Stories from the Newsroom, Stories from the Street (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

HONORABLE MENTION: Martin A. Nesvig, Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain (University of Texas Press, 2018)


AWARDEE: Ben Vinson III, Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2017)


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

HONORABLE MENTION: Nora E. Jaffary, Reproduction and Its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)