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Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize

Prize & Winners

Professor Kimberly Hanger was a historian of Louisiana’s Spanish colonial period, and author of, among other publications, Bounded Lives, Bounded Places (Duke, [1997] 2002). 

We invite submissions for articles published on Latin America, the Atlantic World, the Borderlands, and the Caribbean, time frame of study is open. The article itself must have been published between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. 

Criteria for selection include: quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and writing quality.

Please include a cover letter with the name of the author, institutional affiliation, and an article abstract.

Authors must be or become LACS members at the time of submission. See the  membership page .

Deadline: June 5, 2021

Email submissions by JUNE 5, 2021 to ALL of the following committee members::

Prof. Erin Stone, committee chair
University of West Florida

Professor Monica Rankin
University of Texas at Dallas

Professor Danielle Terrazas Williams
Oberlin College

Prof. Erica Johnson Edwards
Francis Marion University

2020 Winner: Natalia Milanesio, "Sex and Democracy: The Meanings of the Destape in Postdictatorial Argentina," Hispanic American Historical Review 99:1 (Febuary 2019)

The Kimberly Hanger Article Prize committee is happy to select "Sex and Democracy: The Meanings of the Destape in Postdictatorial Argentina"by Natalia Milanesio, published in the Hispanic American Historical Review 99, no. 1 (February 2019). Milanesio's article analyzes the explosive popularity of sexual images and narratives in the culture moment that marked the Argentina's transition away from military rule during the 1980s. The article is an engaging, and even fun read that demonstrates the promise of using novel evidence and methodology to take the lid off, uncover, expose the consequential and fraught relationship between authoritarianism, censorship, and popular attitudes towards sex.

2019 Winner: Danielle Terrazas, “‘My Conscience is Free and Clear’: African-Descended Women, Status, and Slave Owning in Mid-Colonial Mexico,” The Americas (July 2018). 

With impressive research and artful analytical insight, the author addresses the history of black populations in Mexico. In excavating a remarkably challenging case study – the history of a black woman who not only owned slaves, but owned members of her own family – Terrazas Williams sketches a powerful portrait of her protagonist, closely linked to the histories of other slave societies in the Americas. With clear, convincing prose, she compels us to think about family, slavery, and freedom in ways that challenge powerful (and important) scholarly currents. Slave ownership, Terrazas Williams shows, was a status symbol, not just for white but also black historical actors, who refused to remain on their appointed side of a black-and-white line separating slavery and freedom that even we as historians often re-create. Throughout the article, Terrazas Williams pays careful attention to the archive, leveraging that attention into perceptive and sensitive argumentation. 

2018 Winner: Marc Hertzman, “Fatal Differences: Suicide, Race, and Forced Labor in the Americas,” American Historical Review, Volume 122, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages 317–345 

Ambitious in scope and provocative in its conclusions, Marc Hertzman’s article “Fatal Differences’ offers us an original reading and macrohistorical analysis of suicide as it relates to race, racialization, and systems of coercive labor under Spanish and Portuguese colonialism in the Americas. Hertzman shows how suicide has been imbued with multiple and, at times, contradictory meanings across the Atlantic world. The act has historically functioned as a metaphor for racial difference and as a discursive mechanism that has the potential to both champion and denigrate
indigenous, black, and mixed-race historical subjects vis-à-vis white populations. Hertzman offers a creative, innovative approach to teasing out the shifting social, cultural, and historiographical meanings of suicide across the colonial Americas, offering us new clues to understanding a topic that has only begun to be analyzed and understood over the longue durée and throughout the American hemisphere.

2018 Honorable Mention:  Sasha Turner, “The Nameless and the Forgotten: Maternal Grief, Sacred Protection, and the Archive of Slavery,” Slavery & Abolition 38:2 (2017): 232-250.

Past Winners

2017 Winner: Marjoleine Kars, “Dodging Rebellion: Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Uprising of 1763,” American Historical Review 121:1 (2016): 39-69.

2017 Honorable Mention: José Ponce-Vázquez, “Unequal Partners in Crime: Masters, Slaves, and Free People of Color in Santo Domingo, c.1600–1650,” Slavery & Abolition 37:4 (2016): 704-723.

2016 Winner: Zeb Tortorici, “Sexual Violence, Predatory Masculinity, and Medical Testimony in New Spain,” Osiris 30:1 (2015): 272-294.

2015 Winner: Bianco Premo's, "Felipa's Braid: Women, Culture, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Oaxaca," Ethnohistory 61:3 (2014): 497-523.

Honorable mention: Eva Maria Mehl's,"Mexican Recruits and Vagrants in Late-Eighteenth-Century Philippines: Empire, Social Order, and Bourbon Reforms in the Spanish Pacific World," Hispanic American Historical Review 94:4 (2014): 547-79.

2014: Celso Thomas Castilho, Vanderbilt Univerity, “Performing Abolitionism, Enacting Citizenship:  The Social Construction of Political Rights in 1880s Recife, Brazil” Hispanic American Historical Review   (2013) 93 (3): 377-409

2013: Matt O'Hara  "The Supple Whip: Innovation and Tradition in Mexican Catholicism," American Historical Review (2012) 117 (5): 1373-1401         

2012: Juliana Barr, University of Florida. "Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the 'Borderlands' of the Early Southwest," William and Mary Quarterly, 68:1 (January 2011): 5-46

2011: Christina Bueno, Northeastern Illinois University."Forjando Patrimonio: The Making of Archaeological Patrimony in Porfirian Mexico," Hispanic American Historical Review 90:2 (May 2010), 215-245.

2010: Betsy Konefal, College of William and Mary. "Subverting Authenticity: Reinas Indígenas and the Guatemalan State, 1978," Hispanic American Historical Review, 89:1 (February 2009): 41-72.

2009: David Carey. "'Oficios de su raza y sexo' (Occupations Consistent with Her Race and Sex): Mayan Women and Expanding Gender Identities in Early Twentieth-Century Guatemala." Journal of Women's History vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 114-48.

2008: Ida Altman, University of Florida, "The Revolt of Enriquillo and the Historiography of Early Spanish America," The Americas, 63:4 (2007): 587-614.

2006: Paulo Drinot, University of Oxford. "Madness, Neurasthenia, and "Modernity": Medico-Legal and Popular Interpretations of Suicide in Early Twentieth-Century Lima," Latin American Research Review - Volume 39, Number 2, 2004, pp. 89-113.

2004: María Elana Martínez, UCLA. "The Black Blood of New Spain:  Limpieza de Sangre, Racial Violence, and Gendered Power in Early Colonial Mexico," William and Mary Quarterly, July 2004.

2002: Hal Langfur, "Uncertain Refuge: Frontier Formation and the Origins of the Botocudo War in Late-Colonial Brazil," Hispanic American Historical Review 82:2 (May 2002): 215-56.