The Vanderwood Prize

Best article on Latin American history in a journal other than HAHR or The Americas.
The Conference on Latin American History Prize was established in 1961 and renamed the Vanderwood Prize, in recognition of Paul Vanderwood, in 2012. The Vanderwood Prize is awarded annually for a distinguished article on any significant aspect of Latin American history appearing in journals edited or published in the United States.  Articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review and The Americas are ineligible because they have their own prizes.


Ada Ferrer, “Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic,” Antislavery In The Atlantic World 117.1 (2012): 40-66.

Bianca Premo, “An Equity Against the Law: Slave Rights and Creole Jurisprudence in Spanish America,” Slavery & Abolition 32.4 (2011): 495–517.

Honorable Mention:
Brian Bockelman, “Between the Gaucho and the Tango: Popular Songs and the Shifting Landscape of Modern Argentine Identity, 1895–1915,” The American Historical Review 116.3 (2011): 577–601.

Celso Castilho and Camillia Cowling, “Funding Freedom, Popularizing Politics: Abolitionism and Local Emancipation Funds in 1880s Brazil, Luso-Brazilian Review, 47:1 (Spring, 2010): 89-120.

David Carey, Guatemala’s Green Revolution: Synthetic Fertilizer, Public Health, and Economic Autonomy in the Mayan Highlands, Agricultural History, vol. 83, no. 3 (Summer 2009) .

Honorable Mention:
Brenda Elsey,The Independent Republic of Football: The Politics of Neighborhood Clubs in Santiago. Chile, 1948-1960 (Spring 2009).

Robert Haskett, “Dying for Conversion:  Faith, Obedience, and the Tlaxcalan Boy Martyrs in New Spain,” Colonial Latin American Review (December 2008).

Honorable Mention:
Margaret Power, “The Engendering of Anticommunism and Fear in Chile’s 1964 Presidential Election,” Diplomatic History 32:5 (November 2008), 931-953.

Brian DeLay
, “Independent Indians and the U.S.-Mexican War.”  American Historical Review, 112:1 (February 2008):  35-68.

Lyman Johnson & Zepher Frank
, “Cities and Wealth in the South Atlantic: Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before 1860″, Comparative Studies in Society and History

Honorable Mention:
Barbara Weinstein, Inventing the ‘Mulher Paulista’: Politics, Rebellion and the Gendering of Brazilian Regional Identities”, The Journal of Women’s History

Hal Langfur
, “Moved by Terror: Frontier Violence as Cultural Exchange in Late-Colonial Brazil,” Ethnohistory, 52:2, (Spring 2005).
Honorable Mentions:
Christine Ehrick, “To Serve the Nation:  Juvenile Mothers, Paternalism, and State Formation in Uruguay, 1910-1930,” Social Science History, 29:3, (Fall 2005).

Paul Gootenberg,
“Secret Ingredients: The Politics of Coca in US-Peruvian Relations, 1915-65,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 36:2, (May 2004).

Carolyn Dean and Dana Leibsohn
“Hybridity and Its Discontents: Considering Visual Culture in Colonial Spanish America,” Colonial Latin American Review 12:1 (Fall 2003).

David Cahill,
“The Virgin and the Inca: An Incaic Procession in the City of Cuzco in 1692,” Ethnohistory 49:3 (Summer 2002).
Honorable Mentions:
Karen Vieira Powers “Conquering Discourses of Sexual Conquest: Of Women, Language, and Mestizaje,” Colonial Latin American Review, 11:1 (April 2002).
Rebecca Scott and Michael Zeuske, “Property in Writing, Property on the Ground: Pigs, Horses, Land, and Citizenship in the Aftermath of Slavery, Cuba 1880-1909.” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 44:4 (October 2002).

Steve Marquardt,
“Green Havoc?: Panama Disease, Environmental Change, and Labor Process in the Central American Banana Industry” American Historical Review, 106:1 (February 2001).

Linda K. Salvucci and Richard Salvucci,
(co-authors) “Cuba and the Latin American Terms of Trade:  Old Theories, New Evidence” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 31:2 (Autumn 2000).
Honorable Mentions:
Joan Bak, “Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in Brazil: The Negotiation of Workers’ Identities in Porto Alegre’s 1906 Strike “Latin American Research Review, 35:3 (2000).

Sergio Serulnikov
, “Customs and Rules:  Bourbon Rationalizing Projects and Social Conflicts in Northern Potosí during the 1770s” Colonial Latin American Review, 8:21 (April 1999)
Honorable Mention:
Peter M. Beattie, “Conscription Versus Penal Servitude: Army Reform’s Influence on the Brazilian State’s Management of Social Control, 1870-1930″ Journal of Social History, 32:4 (Summer 1999).

1999 Co-Winners:
Erik Ching and Virginia Tilley
, Hobart & Smith College  “Indians, the Military and the Rebellion of 1932 in El Salvador” Journal of Latin American Studies, 30:1 (February 1998).

Adrian Bantjes,
“Idolatry and Iconoclasm in Revolutionary Mexico:  The Dechristianization Campaigns, 1929-1940”MexicanStudies/Estudios Mexicanos 13:1, (Winter1997).
Honorable Mentions:
Andres Guerrero, “The Construction of a Ventriloquist’s Image: Liberal Discourse and the ‘Miserable Indian Race’ in Late 19th Century Ecuador.”Journal of Latin American Studies 29:3 (October, 1997).
Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, “The Intersection of Rape and Marriage in Late-Colonial and Early National Mexico.” Colonial Latin American Historical Review 6:4 (Fall 1997).

Thomas Miller Klubock
, “Working-Class Masculinity, Middle Class Morality, and Labor Politics in the Chilean Copper Mines.” Journal of Social History 30:2 (Winter 1996).
Honorable Mention:
Michael J. Schroeder, “Horse Thieves to Rebels to Dogs: Political Gang Violence and the State in the Western Segovias, Nicaragua, in the time of Sandino, 1926-1934” Journal of Latin American Studies 28:2 (May 1996).

Mark Thurner
, “’Republicanos’ and ‘La Comunidad de Peruanos’: Unimagined Political Communities in Postcolonial Andean Peru,” Journal of Latin American Studies 27:2 (May 1995).

Lauren Derby
, “Haitians, Magic, and Money: Raza and Society in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands, 1900 to 1937,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 36:3 (July 1994).
Honorable Mention:
Rebecca Scott, “Defining the Boundaries of Freedom in the World of Cane: Cuba, Brazil, and Louisiana after Emancipation,” American Historical Review 74:3 (August 1994).

Jonathan C. Brown,
“Foreign and Native- Born Workers in Porfirian Mexico,” American Historical Review 98:3 (June 1993).

Muriel Nazzari
, “Transition Toward Slavery: Changing Legal Practice Regarding Indians in Seventeenth-Century São Paulo” The Americas 49:2(October, 1992).
Honorable Mention:
Alan M. Taylor, “External Dependence, Demographic Burdens, and Argentina’s Economic Decline After the Belle Epoque,” Journal of Economic History (December, 1992).

William Culver and Cornel Reinhart,
“Capitalist Dreams: Chile’s Response to Nineteenth-Century Copper Competition,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 31:4 (October 1989).
Honorable Mentions:
Laird W. Bergad, “The Economic Viability of Super Production Based on Slave Labor in Cuba, 1859-1878,” Latin American Research Review 24:1 (1989).

Eric Van Young
, “The Islands in the Storm: Quiet Cities and Violent Countrysides in the Mexican Independence Era,” Past and Present 118:1 (February 1988).
Honorable Mention:
Daniel James, “October 17th and 18th, 1945: Mass Protest, Peronism and the Argentine Working Class,” Journal of Social History 21:3 (Spring 1989).

William B. Taylor
, “The Virgin of Guadalupe in New Spain: An Inquiry into the Social History of Marian Devotion,” American Ethnologist 14:1 (February 1987).

Mark D. Szuchman
, “Household Structure and Political Crisis:  Buenos Aires, 1810-1860,” Latin American Research Review (21:3, 1986).
Honorable Mention:
David G. LaFrance, “Germany, Revolutionary Nationalism, and the Downfall of President Francisco I. Madero:  The Covadonga Killings,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 2:1 (Winter 1986).

Ramón A. Gutiérrez,
“Honor Ideology, Marriage Negotiation, and Class-Gender Domination in New Mexico, 1690-1846,” Latin American Perspectives 12:1 (January 1985).

Rebecca J. Scott
, “Explaining Abolition:  Contradiction, Adaptation, and Challenge in Cuban Slave Society, 1860-1886” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 26:1 (January 1984).

Samuel Baily
, “Adjustment of Italian Immigrants in Buenos Aires and New York, 1870-1914” American Historical Review 88:2 (April 1983).

John Coatsworth
, “The Limits of Colonial Absolutism:  The State in Eighteenth Century Mexico,” in Karen Spalding, ed., Essays in the Political, Economic, and Social History of Colonial Latin America (University of Delaware Press).

Donna J. Guy,
“Women, Peonage, and Industrialization:  Argentina, 1810-1914,” Latin American Research Review 16:3 (1981).

Inga Clendinnen,
“Landscape and World View:  The Survival of Yucatec Maya Culture Under Spanish Conquest,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 22:3 (July 1980).
Honorable Mention:
Elizabeth A. Kuznesof, “The Role of the Female-Headed Household in Brazilian Modernization:  Sao Paulo, 1765-1836,” Journal of Social History, 13:4 (Summer 1980).

Linda Lewin
, “Some Historical Implications of Kinship Organization for Family-based Politics in the Brazilian Northeast,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 21:2 (April 1979).
Honorable Mention:
John H. Coatsworth, “Indispensable Railroads in a Backward Economy:  The Case of Mexico,” Journal of Economic History 39:4 (December 1979).

Louis A. Perez, Jr.,
“’La Chambelona’:  Political Protest, Sugar, and Social Banditry in Cuba, 1914-1917,” Inter-American Economic Affairs 31:4  (Spring 1978).
Honorable Mentions:
Stuart B. Schwartz, “Indian Labor and New World Plantations: European Demands and Indian Responses in Northeastern Brazil,” American Historical Review 83:1 (February 1978).
John Womack, Jr., “The Mexican Economy During the Revolution, 1910-1920: Historiography and Analysis,” Marxist Perspectives 1:4 (Winter 1978).

John K. Chance and William B. Taylor,
“Estate and Class in a Colonial City: Oaxaca in 1792,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 19:4 (October 1977).
Honorable Mentions:
Michael L. Conniff, “Guayaquil Through Independence:  Urban Development in a Colonial System,” The Americas 33:3 (January 1977).
John Hoyt Williams, “Foreign Tecnicos and the Modernization of Paraguay, 1840-1870,” Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs 19:2 (May 1977).

Roderick Barman and Jean Barman
, “The Role of the Law Graduate in the Political Elite of Imperial Brazil,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, 18:4 (November 1976).
Honorable Mention:
Ralph della Cava, “Catholicism and Society in Twentieth Century Brazil,” Latin American Research Review, 11:2 (1976).

Leon G. Campbell,
“The Changing Racial and Administrative Structure of the Peruvian Military Under the Later Bourbons,” The Americas 32:1 (July 1975)
Honorable Mention:
Stanley E. Hilton, “Vargas and Brazilian Economic Development, 1930-1945: A Reappraisal of His Attitude Toward Industrialization and Planning,” Journal of Economic History 35:4 (December 1975)

John M. Hart, “Nineteenth Century Urban Labor Precursors of the Mexican Revolution:  The Development of an Ideology,” The Americas, Vol. 30:3 (January 1974)
Honorable Mention:
David Nicholls, “A Work of Combat:  Mulatto Historians and the Haitian Past,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Vol. 16:1 (February 1974)

Charles A. Hale,
“Reconstruction of Nineteenth Century Politics in South America.  A Case for the History of Ideas,” Latin American Research Review, Vol. VIII, No. 2 (Summer 1973)
Honorable Mention:
Patricia Aufderheide, “True Confessions:  The Inquisition and Social Attitudes in Brazil at the Turn of the XVII Century,” Luso-Brazilian Review, 10:2 (Winter 1973)

James R. Scobie
, “Buenos Aires as a Commercial-Bureaucratic City, 1880-1910:  Characteristics of a City’s Orientation,” American Historical Review, 77:4 (October 1972)
Honorable Mention:
Arnold J. Bauer, “The Hacienda El Huique in the Agrarian Structure of Nineteenth-Century Chile,” Agricultural History, 46: 4 (October 1972).

Carl Solberg
, “Rural Unrest and Agrarian Policy in Argentina, 1912-1930,” Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs 13:1 (January 1971).
Honorable Mentions:
Arnold J. Bauer, “Chilean Rural Labor in the Nineteenth Century,” American Historical Review 76:4 (October, 1971).
Karen Spalding, “The Colonial Indian: Past and Future Research Perspectives,” Latin American Research Review, 7:1 (Spring 1972).

Joseph Love
, “Political Participation in Brazil,” Luso Brazilian Review, VII, 2 (Winter 1970).
Honorable Mention:
Joyce F. Riegelhaupt and Shepard Forman, “Bodo Was Never Brazilian:  Economic Integration and Rural Development Among a Contemporary Peasantry,” Journal of Economic History, 30:1 (March 1970).

Michael P. Costeloe,
“Guadalupe Victoria and a Personal Loan from the Church in Independent Mexico,” The Americas, 25:3 (January 1969).
Hermannus Hoetink, “Materiales para el estudio de la República Dominicana en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX,” Caribbean Studies, (January-July 1969).
Honorable Mentions:
Joseph S. Tulchin, “The Argentine Proposal for Non-Belligerence,” Journal of Inter-American Studies, 11:4 (October 1969).
Richard E. Greenleaf, “The Mexican Inquisition and the Masonic Movement:  1751-1820,” New Mexico Historical Review, 44:2, (1969).
Joseph A. Boromé, “How Crown Colony Government Came to Dominica by 1898,” 9:3 Caribbean Studies, (October 1969).
Truman R. Clark, “President Taft and the Puerto Rican Appropriation Crisis of 1909,” 26:2 The Americas, (October 1969).

1969  No award given

Richard E. Greenleaf
, “The Obraje in the Late Mexican Colony,” 23:2  The Americas (January 1967).
Honorable Mentions:
Fredrick B. Pike, “Church and State in Peru and Chile since 1840,” American Historical Review, 73:1 (October 1967).
Warren Harris Gaylord, “The Paraguay Central Railway, 1856-1889, 1889-1907,” 20:4 Inter-American Economic Affairs, (Spring 1967, and Summer 1967 [respectively]).
Richard E. Greenleaf, “The Mexican Inquisition and the Enlightenment, 1763-1805,” 41:3 New Mexico Historical Review, (July 1966).

Herbert S. Klein
, “Peasant Communities in Revolt:  The Tzeptal Republic of 1712,” Pacific Historical Quarterly 35:3 (August 1966).
Honorable Mentions:
Stanley E. Hilton, “Argentine Neutrality, September 1939-June 1940,” Americas, 22:3 (January 1966).
Harris G. Warren, “The Paraguay Central Railway, 1856-1907,” Inter-American Economic Affairs, 20:
(Spring 1967), 21: (Summer 1967).

Howard F. Cline
, “The Oztoticpac Lands Map of Texcoco, 1540,” Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, 23:2 (April 1966).
Honorable Mention (posthumous):
George W. Baker Jr., “The Wilson Administration and Nicaragua, 1913-1921,” The Americas, 22:4 (April 1966).
Honorable Mention:
Lyle N. McAlister, “Recent Research and Writings on the Role of the Military in Latin America,” Latin American Research Review, 2:  (Fall 1966).

Dauril Alden
, “The Growth and Decline of Indigo Production in Colonial Brazil: A Study in Comparative Economic History,” Journal of Economic History, 25:1 (March 1965).

George W. Baker
, “Ideals and Realities in the Wilson Administration’s Relations with Honduras,” The Americas, 21:1 (July 1964).
Honorable Mention:
Dauril Alden, “Yankee Sperm Whalers in Brazilian Waters and the Decline of the Portuguese Whale Fisheries, 1773-1801,” The Americas, 20:2 (January 1964).

Francisco Miró Quesada,
“Metaphysics and Latin American Ideology,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 24: 4 (October-December 1963).
Honorable Mention:
Matthew Edel, “Land Reform in Puerto Rico, 1940-1959,” Caribbean Studies, Part 1, 2/3: (October 1962, Part 2, 2/4: (January 1963).

Richard M. Morse,
“Some Characteristics of Latin American Urban History,” American Historical Review, 67:2 (January 1962).

The Vanderwood Prize Committees (Chair listed first):

2014 Charles Walker, Steven Hyland, Bridget Chesterton
2013 David Carey, Linda Curcio-Nagy, Mark Alan Healey
2012 Brian DeLay, Renée Soulodre-La France, Eric Van Young

Conference on Latin American History Prize Committees (Chair listed first):

2011 Stephanie Smith, Javier Villa-Flores, Gabriel Paquette
2010 Margaret Power, Herman Bennett, Richard Salvucci
2009 Jocelyn Olcott, Jordana Dym, Alejandro Caneque
2008 B.J. Barickman, Andrew Kirkendall, Maria-Elena Martinez
2007 Camilla Townsend, Mark Turner, Dennis Kortheuer
2006 Jane Rausch, José Deustua, Stephanie Smith
2005 Daniel Newcomer, Javier Villa-Flores, Lolita Brockington
2004 Allan Wells, Chris Erlich, Susie Porter
2003 Robert Buffington, Joan Bak, Karen Graubart, Charles Ameringer
2002 Jeremy Baskes, Seth Garfield, S. Elizabeth Penry, Katherine Bliss
2001 Alfonso W. Quiroz, Camilla D. Townsend, Edith Courtier, René A. de la Pedraja
2000 Jonathan Brown, Sueann Caulfield, Linda Curcio-Nagy, Deborah Levensen
1999 Silvia Arrom, Bert Barickman, Matthew Restall, Michael Scardaville
1998 Suzanne Austin Alchon, Mark Thurner, Michael Gonzales
1997 David McCreery, Sandra F. McGee Deutsch, Sarah C. Chambers
1996 Ronald Newton, Chair, Susan Kellogg, Alida Metcalf
1995 Richard Salvucci, Richard Slatta, Christine Hunnefeld
1994 Cheryl E. Martin, Tomas Whigham, Joel Wolfe
1993 John Chance, Joseph L. Love, Frank Safford
1992 Robert McCaa, Lyman Johnson, Lynn Stoner
1991 Linda Rodriguez, Michael J. Gonzalez, Rosalie Schwartz
1990 Ronald C. Newton, Erick Langer, Teresita Martinez Vergne
1989 Mark Szuchman, Robert M. Levine, Stephen A. White
1988 Louis Pérez, Jr., Michael L. Conniff, Ramón Gutiérrez
1986 William Sherman, David J. Weber, Donna Guy
1985 Milton Vanger, Jeffrey Cole, Patricia Seed, Donald Ramos
1984 Robert McCaa, Louis Perez Jr., Susan Ramirez, Barbara Weinstein, Ralph Lee Woodward
1983 David Robinson, Louis Perez Jr., Susan Ramirez, John Tutino, Ralph Lee Woodward
1982 Charles Ameringer, Judith Ewall, Donna Guy, Robert Keith, Frank McCann
1981 Asunción Lavrin, Nicolas Cushner, Harold Johnson, Susan Socolow
1980 Joseph L. Love, Jacques Barbier, Rodney Anderson, David Bailey, Wayne S. Osborn
1979 Vincent Peloso, John Henry Coatsworth, Paul W. Drake, Kenneth R. Maxwell, Leslie B. Rout, Hobart Ames Spalding Jr., John D. Wirth
1978 Peggy Liss, Donald Chipman, Fredrick Nunn, Dirk Raat
1977 Stuart Schwartz, Jacques Barbier, Emília Viotti da Costa, Frank Safford, John Womack
1976 Robert Burr, Rodney Anderson, Stephanie Blank, Thomas Davies Jr., Kenneth Grieb, Jaime Rodríguez, Harris Warren
1975 Donald Worcester, Ralph Della Cava, Eugene Korth, Jane Loy, Stuart Schwartz, William Sherman
1974 Nettie Lee Benson, David Bushnell, Jesús Chavarria, Robert Levine, Rollie Poppino, Margaret Todaro Williams
1973 Donald Cooper, Charles Ameringer, Roger Haigh, Marysa Navarro Carassi, John Lombardi
1972 James S. Cunningham, Mary Chapman, Wayne Clegern, Donald Chipman, Sue Gross
1971 Ramón Ruiz, Nancy M. Farriss, E. Bradford Burns, Carl E. Solbers, Marvin Bernstein
1970 Adam Százdi, Charles Stansifer, John Culver, Luis Díaz Soler, David Burks
1969 No prize awarded
1968 Fritz Hoffman, Herbert Klein, William Griffith, Magnus Morner, Davis Pletcher
1967 John Bannon, Charles Ameringer, Donald Griffin, Nettis Benson, Louis De Armond
1966 Mario Rodriguez, Ione Wright, Harold E. Davis
1965 Edwin Lieuwen, Norman Guice, Donald Cooper
1964 Benjamin Keen, Robert V. Gilmore, Hugh M. Hamill
1963 Richard M. Morse, Robert N. Burr, Gerhard Masur
1962 Rayford W. Logan, Robert Potash, Thomas M. Gale
*Established 1961

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