The Warren Dean Memorial Prize

The Warren Dean Memorial Prize was established in 1995 and carries a stipend of $500. It recognizes the book or article judged to be the most significant work on the history of Brazil published in English during the year prior to the award year. Publications by scholars other than historians will be considered as long as the work has substantial historical content. Comparative works (e. g. on Brazil and another country) will be eligible as long as they include a substantial amount of material on Brazil.


Barbara Weinstein, The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil, (Duke University Press, 2015).

Honorable Mention:

João Reis, The Story of Domingos Sodré, an African Priest in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Roger Kittleson, The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014).

Hendrik Kraay, Days of National Festivity in Rio de Janeiro, 1823-1889, (Stanford University Press, 2013).

Paulina Alberto, Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil, (University of North Carolina, 2011).

Thomas Rogers, The Deepest Wounds: A Labor and Environmental History of Sugar in Northeast Brazil, (University of North Carolina, 2010).

Honorable Mention:
Mark Harris, “Rebellion on the Amazon: The Cabanagem, Race, and Popular Culture in the North of Brazil, 1798-1840,” (Cambridge, 2010).

Heather Flynn Roller, Colonial Collecting Expeditions and the Pursuit of Opportunities in the Amazonian Sertão, c. 1750-1800,” (The Americas 66:4, April, 2010).

Brodwyn Fisher, A Poverty of Rights:  Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth Century Rio de Janiero (Standford, 2008).

Jeffrey Needell, The Party of Order:  The Conservatives, the State, and Slavery in the Brazilian Monarchy, 1831-1871 (Stanford, 2006).

Honorable Mention:
Hal Langfur, Forbidden Lands:  Colonial Identity, Frontier Violence, and the Persistence of Brazil’s Eastern Indians, 1750-1830 (Stanford).

Todd Diacon, Stringing Together a Nation: Candido Mariano de Silva Rondon and the Construction of Modern Brazil, 1906-1930 (Duke University Press, 2004.)

Honorable mention:
Linda Lewin, Surprise Heirs, vol. 2 (Stanford University Press, 2003.)

Peter Beattie,The Tribute of Blood: Army, Honor, Race, and Nation in Brazil, 1864-1945. (Duke University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Hendrik Kraay, Race, State, and Armed Forces in Independence-Era Brazil: Bahia, 1790s-1840s. (Stanford University Press)

Sergio Díaz-Briquets and Jorge Pérez-López, Conquering Nature: The Environmental Legacy of Socialism in Cuba, (Pittsburgh University Press).

Roderick J. Barman, University of British Columbia, Citizen Emperor: Pedro II and the Making of Brazil, 1825-1891 (Stanford University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Judy Bieber, University of New Mexico, Power, Patronage, and Political Violence: State Building on a Brazilian Frontier, 1822-1889 (University of Nebraska Press)

2000 (None awarded)

Stephen Bell, Campanha gaúcha : A Brazilian Ranching System, 1850-1920 (Stanford University Press).

Honorable Mention:
Thomas Cohen,The Fire of Tongues: António Vieira and the Missionary Church in Brazil and Portugal (Stanford University Press)

Dean Prize Committees (Chair listed first):

2016 Joel Wolfe, Ana Lúcia Araújo, Amy Chazkel

2016 Hendrik Kraay, Roger Kittleson, Paulina Alberto

2015 Kirsten Schultz, Gail Triner, Justin Wolfe

2013 Daryle Williams, Brodwyn Fischer, Bryan McCann

2011 Mary Karasch, Daryle Williams, John French

2009 Teresa Meade, Kristen Schultz, Jeffrey Needell

2007 Todd Diacon, Julyana Peard, Joan Bak

2005 Marshall Eakin, Sueann Caulfield, William Summerhill

2003 Joseph Love, Mary Karasch, Jeffrey Lesser

2002 Thomas Skidmore, David Robinson, David Sweet

2001 Dauril Alden, Stephen Bell, B.J. Barickman

2000 Elinor Melville, Stephen Bell, Dain Borges

1999 Jeffrey Lesser, Dauril Alden, Elinor Melville

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