Bryce Wood Book Award

About the Award

At each International Congress, the Latin American Studies Association presents the Bryce Wood Book Award to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.

Call for nominations

At each International Congress, the Latin American Studies Association presents the Bryce Wood Book Award to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.

Books eligible for the LASA2019 International Congress will be those published between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Although no book may compete more than once, translations may be considered. Anthologies of selections by several authors or re-editions of works published previously are normally not in contention for the award. Books will be judged on quality of research, analysis, and writing, and the significance of their contribution to Latin American studies. Books may be nominated by authors, LASA members, or publishers.

Persons who nominate books are responsible for confirming the publication date and for forwarding one copy directly to each member of the Award Committee and to the LASA Secretariat, at the expense of the authors or publishers. A nomination packet should include a copy of the nominated book and the nominee’s complete mailing address, telephone, fax numbers, and e-mail address. Nominations for the Bryce Wood Book Award can be submitted electronically. Please fill out the award submission form and send it back to the LASA Secretariat at by September 21, 2018. For international shipping, please label all books as gifts and not as samples.

All books nominated must reach each member of the Award Committee and the LASA Secretariat by September 21, 2018. By January 20, 2019, the committee will select a winning book. It may also name an honorable mention. The award will be announced at the LASA2019 Awards Ceremony, and the awardee will be publicly honored. LASA membership is not a requirement to receive the award.

Members of the 2019 committee:

Arturo Arias (Co-Chair)
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced,
5200 N Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343, USA

Elliott Young (Co-Chair)
2431 SE Sherman St., Portland, OR 97214, USA

Kent Eaton
1632 Curtis Street, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Diane Nelson
244 Sweet Bay Pl., Carrboro, NC 27510, USA

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros
638 Salvatierra St., Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Barbara E. Mundy
2621 Palisade Avenue, Apt. 8B, Bronx, NY 10463 USA

Kirsten Weld
10 Francis Street, Somerville, MA 02143, USA

Claudia Milian
1110 Clarendon St., Durham, NC 27705, USA

Josefina Saldaña-Portillo
535 Dean St, Apt 806, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA

Latin American Studies Association
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Award history


WINNING BOOK: Susan H. Ellison Domesticating Democracy: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia (Duke University Press, 2018)

HONORABLE MENTION: Ana R. Minian Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press, 2018)


WINNING BOOK: Stephen B. Neufeld The Blood Contingent: The Military and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1876-1911 (University of New Mexico Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Candelaria Garay Social Policy Expansion in Latin America(Cambridge University Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Ernesto Bassi An Aqueous Territory. Sailor Geographies and New Granada´s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World (Duke University Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Jocelyn Olcott International Women´s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Oxford University Press, 2017)


WINNING BOOK: Michael Albertus Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform (Cambridge University Press)

WINNING BOOK: Barbara E. Mundy The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City (University of Texas Press)


WINNING BOOK: Ann Twinam Purchasing Whiteness: Pardos, Mulattos and the Quest for Social Mobility in the Spanish Indies (Stanford University Press)

HONORABLE MENTION: Fabiana Li Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism and Expertise in Peru (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: David Carey Jr. I ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (University of Texas Press)

WINNING BOOK: Thomas M. Klubock La Frontera: Forest and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: Lillian Guerra Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971 (University of North Carolina Press)

HONORABLE MENTION: Marc Hertzman Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil (Duke University Press)


WINNING BOOK: Joanne Rappaport and Tom Cummins Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes (Duke University Press, 2012)

HONORABLE MENTION: Isaac Campos Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)


WINNING BOOK: Jody Pavilak Mining for the Nation: The Politics of Chile’s Coal Communities from the Popular Front on the Cold War

HONORABLE MENTION: Kathryn Burns Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru

HONORABLE MENTION: James Mahoney Colonialism and Development:Spanish America in Comparative Perspective


WINNING BOOK: Brian DeLay War of a Thousand Deserts

HONORABLE MENTION: Lauren Derby The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo


WINNING BOOK: Winifred Tate Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia

HONORABLE MENTION: Carmelo Mesa Lago Reassembling Social Security: A Survey of Pensions and Health Care Reforms In Latin America


WINNING BOOK: Myrna I. Santiago The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938

HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Battling for Hearts and Minds. Memory Struggles in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973-1988 (Vol 2)


WINNING BOOK: Sybille Fisher Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

HONORABLE MENTION: Steve J. Stern Remembering Pinochet´s Chile: on the Eve of London 1998


WINNING BOOK: Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical

HONORABLE MENTION: Leslie Salzinger, Genders in Production. Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories


WINNING BOOK: Carmen Diana Deere and Magdalena León, Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002)

HONORABLE MENTION: Francine Masiello, The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis (Duke University Press, 2002)


WINNING BOOK: Greg Grandin, The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation

HONORABLE MENTION: Louis A. Perez, Jr. On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture


WINNING BOOK: Friedrich Katz, The Life and Times of Pancha Villa

HONORABLE MENTION: José C. Moya, Cousins and Strangers


WINNING BOOK: Mary Kay Vaughan,Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940

HONORABLE MENTION: Terry Karl, The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States

HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Monsivais, Mexican Postcards


WINNING BOOK: William B. Taylor, Magistrates of the Sacred: Priests and Parishioners in Eighteenth Century Mexico

HONORABLE MENTION: Warren Dean, With Broadax and Firebrand: the Destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest


WINNING BOOK: Florencia Mallon, Peasant and Nation: The Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru

HONORABLE MENTION: Robert G. Williams, States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America

HONORABLE MENTION: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Life on the Hyphen: the Cuban-American Way


WINNING BOOK: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil (Berkeley, 1992 [A Centennial Book])

HONORABLE MENTION: Gordon Brotherston, Book of the Fourth World: Reading the Native Americans through Their History (Cambridge, 1992)

HONORABLE MENTION: Joyce Marcus, Meso-American Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth and History in Four Ancient Civilizations (Princeton, 1992)


WINNING BOOK: Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Myth and Archives: A Theory of the Latin American Narrative (Cambridge University Press)

FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Ramón A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away (Stanford University Press)

SECOND HONORABLE MENTION: Nicholas Shumway,The Invention of Argentina(University of California Press


WINNING BOOK: Paul Drake, The Money Doctor in the Andes: The Kemmerer Missions, 1923-1933

HONORABLE MENTION: Regina Harrison, Signs, Songs, and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture (University of Texas Press, 1989)


WINNING BOOK: Thomas Skidmore, The Politics of Military Rule In Brazil, 1964-1985