María Elena Martínez Prize in Mexican History

Formerly the Mexican History Prize, the award was created in 2009 by the CLAH General Committee. The prize was renamed in 2015 in memoriam of Maria Elena Martinez, a former prize recipient and contributor to the field of Mexican history. It is awarded annually for the book or article judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published during the previous year.


Elena Albarrán, Seen and Heard in Mexico. Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism (Nebraska University Press 2015).

Honorable Mention:
Julia Young, Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press 2015).

Alexander Aviña, Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press 2014).

Jaime M. Pensado, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford University Press, 2013).

Honorable Mention:
Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato, Industry and Revolution: Social and Economic Change in the Orizaba Valley, Mexico (Havard, 2013).

Moramay López-Alonso, Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Paul Gillingham, Cuauhtemoc’s Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico, 2011).

Paul Eiss, In the Name of El Pueblo: Place, Community, and the Politics of History in Yucatán (Duke , 2010).

Honorable Mention:
Pablo Piccato, The Tyranny of Option: Honor in the Construction of the Mexican Public Sphere, (Duke, 2010).

Matthew Restall,The Black Middle: Africans, Mayas, and Spaniards in Colonial Yucatan (Stanford, 2009).

Honorable Mention:
Ann Blum, Domestic Economies: Family, Work, and Welfare in Mexico City, 1884-1943 (University of Nebraska Press, 2009).

Maria Elena Martínez, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford, 2008).

Maria Elena Martinez Prize Committees (Chair listed first):

2017 Andrae Marak, Elena Albarrán, Gabriel Martínez-Serna
2016 Carmen Collado, Alex Aviña, Nora Jaffary
2015 Jaime M. Pensado, Aurora Galvarriato Freer, Frank (Trey) Proctor
2014 Jeremy Baskes, Andres Resendez, Daniela Spenser
2013 Rick Lopez, Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, Maria Elena Martinez
2012 Matthew Restall, Antonio Escobar Ohmstede, Anne Rubinstein
2011 Matthew Restall, Dorothy Tanck de Estrada, Anne Rubinstein
2010 Susan Kellogg, Kevin Gosner, Ramona Falcón
2009 Margaret Chowning, Rebecca Horne, Guillermo Palácios y Olivares

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