Association Best Prize


We are pleased to announce that the 2017 winner of the Best Dissertation Prize is Alejandro Gomez del Moral for “Buying into Change: Consumer Culture and the Department Store in the Transformation(s) of Spain, 1939–1982” (History, Rutgers, 2014 ).  Honorable mention goes to  Vanesa Rodriguez-Galindo, “Ways of Being Modern in Madrid: Urban Change, Street Life, and Customs in Late Nineteenth-Century Print Culture” (History of Art, UNED, Madrid – Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, 2015).  Thanks to the prize committee, Jessica Davidson, Marie Kelleher, and Marta Vicente, for evaluating the submissions.


On a three-year rotation, the Association offers a prize for the best dissertation award, the best first article award, and best first book award.  Applications are solicited each fall and the award is made the following spring.

Schedule of upcoming awards:

2017-2018:  article

2018-2019:  book

2019-2020: dissertation

2020-2021:  article

The 2015-2016 Best First Book prize was awarded to Thomas Barton, Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2014); with honorable mention to Katrina Olds, Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015)