The Tibesar Prize

Best article in The Americas in the previous year.  The Conference on Latin American History in cooperation with The Americas established the Tibesar Prize in December 1990.


Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara, “Of Madres and Mayordomas: Native Women and Religious Leadership in Colonial Chiapas,” The Americas 79, no. 4 (October 2022): 587-617.
Honorable Mention:
José Manuel Moreno Vega, “Peace Came in the Sign of the Cross: Ritualized Diplomacy Among Natives and Spaniards in the Sonora-Arizona Borderlands, 1694-1836,” The Americas 79, no. 3 (July 2022): 399-424.

Yesenia Barragán, “Commerce in Children: Slavery, Gradual Emancipation, and the Free Womb Trade in Colombia,” The Americas 78, no. 2 (April 2021): 229-257.
Honorable Mention:
Robert M. Buffington, “Chin-Chun-Chan: Popular Sinophobia in Early Twentieth Century Mexico City,” The Americas 78, no. 2 (April 2021): 279-318.

Barbara Mundy
, “The Emergence of Alphabetic Writing:  Tlahcuiloh and Escribano in Sixteenth-Century Mexico,” The Americas 77, no. 3 (July 2020): 361-407

Aaron Coy Moulton
, “Counterrevolutionary Friends: Caribbean Basin Dictators and Guatemalan Exiles Against the Guatemalan Revolution, 1945-50,” The Americas 76, no. 1 (January 2019): 107-35.
Honorable Mention:
Sara Kozameh, “Guerrillas, Peasants and Communists: Agrarian Reform in Cuba’s 1958 Liberated Territories,” The Americas 76, no. 4 (October 2019): 641-73.

Ryan Crewe,
“Building in the Shadow of Death: Monastery Construction and the Politics of Community Reconstitution in Sixteenth-Century Mexico,” The Americas 75, no. 3 (July 2018): 489-523.

Scott Cave, “Madalena: The Entangled History of One Indigenous Floridian Woman in the Atlantic World,” The Americas 74, no. 2 (April 2017): 171-200.

Cameron Jones, “The Evolution of Spanish Governance During the Early Bourbon Period in Peru: The Juan Santos Atahualpa Rebellion and the Missionaries of Ocopa,” The Americas 73, no. 3 (July 2016): 325-348.
Honorable Mention:
Fabricio Prado, “Trans-Imperial Networks in the Crisis of the Spanish Monarchy: The Rio de Janeiro-Montevideo Connection, 1778-1805,” The Americas 73, no. 2 (April 2016): 211-236.

Alan Shane Dillingham, “Indigenismo Occupied: Indigenous Youth and Mexico’s Democratic Opening (1968-1975),” The Americas 72, no. 4 (October 2015): 549-582.

José Carlos de la Puente, “That Which Belongs to All: Khipus, Community, and Indigenous Legal Activism in the Early Colonial Andes,” The Americas 72, no. 1 (January 2015): 19-54.

Caroline Williams, “Living Between Empires: Diplomacy and Politics in the Late-Eighteenth Century Mosquitia,” The Americas 70, no. 2 (October 2013): 237-268.

Paul Ramírez, “’Like Herod’s Massacre’: Quarantines, Bourbon Reform, and Popular Protest in Oaxaca’s Smallpox Epidemic, 1796-1797,” The Americas 69, no. 2 (October 2012): 203-235.

Olga González-Silen, “Unexpected Opposition: Independence and the 1809 Leva de Vagos in the Province of Caracas,” The Americas 68, no. 3 (January 2012): 347-375.

George Reid Andrews, “Afro-World: African-Diaspora Thought and Practice in Montevideo, Uruguay, 1830-2000,” 67, no. 1 (July 2010): 83-107.
Honorable Mention:
Stephen Lewis, “Modernizing Message, Mystical Messenger: The Teatro Petul in the Chiapas Highlands, 1954-1974,” The Americas 67, no. 3 (January 2011): 375-397.

Heather Flynn Roller, “Colonial Collecting Expeditions and the Pursuit of Opportunity in the Amazonian Sertão, c. 1750-1800,” The Americas 66, no. 4 (April 2010): 435-467.
Honorable Mention:
Peter Beattie, “‘Born Under the Cruel Rigor of Captivity, the Supplicant Left It Unexpectedly by Committing a Crime’: Categorizing and Punishing Slave Convicts in Brazil, 1830-1897,” The Americas 66, no. 1 (July 2009): 11-55.

Michael Gismondi and Jeremy Mouat, “La Enojosa Cuestión de Emery: The Emery Claim in Nicaragua and American Foreign Policy, c. 1888-1910,” The Americas 65, no. 3 (January 2009): 375-409.
Honorable Mention:
Yanna Yannakakis, “Witnesses, Spatial Practices, and a Land Dispute in Colonial Oaxaca,” The Americas 65, no. 2 (October 2008): 161-192.

David Garret, “In Spite of Her Sex: The Cacica and the Politics of the Pueblo in Late Colonial Cuzco,” The Americas 64, no. 4 (January 2008): 547-581.

Leo Garofalo, “Conjuring with Coca and the Inca: The Andeanization of Lima’s Afro-Peruvian Ritual Specialists, 1580-1690,” The Americas 63, no. 1 (July 2006): 53-80.
Honorable Mention:
Willia Hiatt, “Flying ‘Cholo’: Incas, Airplanes, and the Construction of Andean Modernity in 1920s Cuzco, Peru,” The Americas 63, no. 3 (January 2007): 327-358.

Camilla Townsend
, “’What in the World Have You Done to Me, My Lover?’: Sex, Servitude and Politics among the Pre-Conquest Nahuas as seen in the Cantares Mexicanos,” The Americas 62, no. 3 (January 2005): 349-389.

Hal Langfur
, “The Return of the Bandeira: Economic Calamity, Historical Memory, and Armed Expeditions to the Sertao in Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1750-1808,” The Americas 61, no. 3 (January 2005): 429-461.
Honorable Mention
Jeanette Favrot Peterson, “Creating the Virgin of Guadalupe: the Cloth, the Artist, and Sources in Sixteenth-Century New Spain,” The Americas 61, no. 4 (April 2005): 571-610.
John F. Chuchiak IV, “In Servitio Dei: Fray Diego de Landa. The Franciscan Order and the Return of the Extirpation of Idolatry in the Colonial Diocese of Yucatán, 1573-1579,” The Americas 61, no. 4 (April 2005): 611-646.

Marie Francois
, “Cloth and Silver: Pawning and Material Life in Mexico City at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century,” The Americas 60, no. 3 (January 2004): 325-362.

B.J. Barickman
, “Reading the 1835 Parish Censuses from Bahia: Citizenship, Kinship, Slavery, and Household in Early Nineteenth-Century Brazil,” The Americas 59, no. 3 (January 2003): 287-324.

James D. Riley
, “Public Works and Local Elites: The Politics of Taxation in Tlaxcala, 1780-1810,” The Americas 58, no. 3 (January 2002): 355-393.
Honorable Mention
Jeffrey Shumway, “’The Purity of My Blood Cannot Put Food on My Table’: Changing Attitudes Toward Interracial Marriage in Nineteenth-Century Buenos Aires,” The Americas 58, no. 2 (October 2001): 201-220.

2001 (co-winners)
Kris E. Lane
, “Captivity and Redemption: Aspects of Slave Life in Early Colonial Quito and Popayán,” The Americas 57, no. 2 (October 2000): 225-246.
Bianca Premo, “From the Pockets of Women: Gendering the Mita, Migration and Tribute in Colonial Chucuito, Peru” 57, no. 1 (July 2000): 63-93.

2000 (co-winners)
Robert Buffington and Pablo Piccato
, (co-authors) “Tales of Two Women: The Narrative Construal of Porfirian Reality,” The Americas 55, no. 3 (January 1999): 391-424.
Vera Blinn Reber, “Misery, Pain, and Death: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth Century Buenos Aires,” The Americas 56, no. 4 (April 2000): 497-528.

Francie Chassen-Lopez
, “Maderismo or Mixtec Empire? Class and Ethnicity in the Mexican Revolution, Costa Chica of Oaxaca, 1911,” The Americas 55, no. 1 (July 1998): 91-127.
Honorable Mention:
Cynthia Radding, “Crosses, Caves, and Matachinis: Divergent Appropriations of Catholic Discourse in Northwestern New Spain,” The Americas 55, no. 2 (October 1998): 177-203.

Lila M. Caimari
, “Whose Criminals Are These?: Church, State and Patronatos and the Rehabilitation of Female Convicts (Buenos Aires, 1890-1940),” The Americas 54, no. 2 (October 1997): 185-208.

Jeffrey M. Pilcher
, “Tamales or Timbales: Cuisine and the Formation of Mexican National Identity, 1821-1911,” The Americas 53, no. 2 (October 1996): 193-216.
Honorable Mention:
Jeffrey Lesser, “(Re)creating Ethnicity: Middle Eastern Immigration to Brazil,” The Americas 53, no. 1 (July 1996): 45-65.

Victor M. Uribe
“Kill all the Lawyers: Lawyers and the Independence Movement in New Granada, 1809-1820,” The Americas 52, no. 2 (October 1995): 175-210.
Honorable Mentions:
Alejandro Cañeque, “Theater of Power: Writing and Representing the Auto de Fé in Colonial Mexico,” The Americas 52, no. 3 (January 1996): 321-343.
Linda Curcio-Nagy, “Native Icon to City Protectress to Royal Patroness: Ritual, Political Symbolism and the Virgin of Remedies,” The Americas 52, no. 3 (January 1996): 367-391.

B. J. Barickman
, “’Tame Indians,’ ‘Wild Heathens,’ and Settlers in Southern Bahia in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries,” The Americas 51, no. 3 (January 1995): 325-368.

John Garrigus
, “Blue and Brown: Contraband Indigo and the Rise of a Free Colored Planter Class in French Saint-Domingue,” The Americas 50, no. 2 (October 1993): 233-263.

Muriel Nazzari
, “Transition Toward Slavery: Changing Legal Practice Regarding Indians in Seventeenth-Century São Paulo,” The Americas 49, no. 2 (October 1992): 131-155.

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera
, “Indigenous Communities and Water Rights in Colonial Puebla:  Patterns and Resistance,” The Americas 48, no. 4 (April 1992): 463-483.
Honorable Mention:
Linda Lewin, “Natural and Spurious Children in Brazilian Inheritance Law from Colony to Empire:  A Methodological Essay,” The Americas 48, no. 3 (January 1992): 351-396.

Joel Horowitz
, “Industrialists and the Rise of Perón, 1943-1946: Some Implications for the Conceptualization of Populism,” The Americas 47, no. 2 (October 1990): 199-217.

Tibesar Prize Committees (Chair listed first):

2024 Anne Hanley, Sara Kozameh, David Tamayo
Erik Ching, Jaime Pensado, Anadelia Romo
Vanessa Freije, Sarah Sarzynsky, Robert Schwaller
2021 James Krippner (chair), Tom Rogers, Karen Racine
Paula Alonso (chair), Robert Schwaller, Danielle Terrazas Williams
Ben Bryce, Pamela Murray, Jessica Delgado
Adriana Brodsky, Kittiya Lee, Christopher Heaney
2016 Charles Walker, Brenda Elsey, Celso Castilho
2016 Julia Sarreal, Stephen Rabe, Frances Ramos
2015 Matt O’Hara, Celia Cussen, Pablo Gomez
2014 Paul Eiss, Nicola Foote, Scott Ickes
2013 Kristin Huffine, Mark Christensen, Alcira Dueñas
2012 Kevin Terraciano, Geoffrey Spurling, Laura Shelton
2011 Karen Caplan, Leo Garofalo, Robert Wilcox
2010 Ann Blum, Yanna Yannakakis, Stephanie Bower
2009 Karen Graubart, Mark Healy, Matt O’Hara
2008 Jeremy Baskes, Lillian Guerra, Tiffany A. Thomas-Woodard
2007 Hal Langfur, Jeanette Favort Peterson, John F. Chuchiak
2006 Marjorie Becker, Bryan McCann, Elizabeth Quay Hutchinson
2005 Ben Vinson III, Mark Cahill, Marie Francois
2004 Jeffrey Pilcher, Jeff Shumway, Bianca Premo
2003 Margaret Power, Pablo Piccato, Guiomar Dueñas
2002 Allan Kuethe, Sarah Chambers, John Green
2001 Thomas Cohen, Barbara Potthast, Peter F. Klaren
2000 Cheryl Martin, Thomas M. Klubock, Jeffrey Pilcher
1999 Allen Wells, Susan Deans-Smith,  James Green
1998 Robert M. Levine, Nancy Van Deusen, Joel Horowitz
1997 Vera Blinn Reber, Allan J. Kuethe, Robert M. Levine
1996 Heather Fowler-Salamini, Susan Ramirez, Ralph Della Cava
1995 Charles Hale, José Moya, Karen Powers
1994 Steven Topik, Dorothy Kerig, Todd Diacon
1993 Lowell Gudmundson, Cheryl Martin, Gary Miller
1992 Michael Conniff, Michael Burke, Joan Supplee
1991 Roberta M. Delson, Silvia M. Arrom, Steven C. Topik

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