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.


2023 Alan Shane Dillingham, Oaxaca Resurgent: Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2021).

2021 Eric Zolov, The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties, Duke University Press, 2020

Honorable Mention
Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, Loyola University, Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice, and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, University of California Press 2020.

2020 Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, Carleton University, “The Origins of Macho: Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico” Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2019. 

2019 Mónica Muñoz Martínez, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press)

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

2018 Pablo Piccato, A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth and Justice in Mexico (University of California, 2017).

Honorable Mention:
Lisa Sousa, The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar (Stanford University Press, 2017).

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

Honorable Mention:
Ryan Alexander, Sons of the Mexican Revolution: Miguel Alemán and his Generation (University of New Mexico Press, 2016).

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):

2023 John Tutino, Peter Guardino, Elizabeth O’Brien
2022 Matthew O’Hara, Norah Gharala, Jaime Rodríguez
2021 Alexander Aviña (chair), Susana Sosenski, Diana Montaño
Paul Eiss (chair), John Chuchiak, Nora Jaffary
2019 : Kevin Gosner , Nichole Sanders, Christina Bueno
Tanalís Padilla, Peter Villella, William Taylor
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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