Association Best Prize


On a three-year rotation, the Association offers a prize for the best dissertation, the best early career article, and best first book.  Applications are solicited each fall and the award is made the following spring, with an honorarium of $250. Submissions are now open for the 2017-2018 round, for articles or book chapters on Iberian history published in peer-reviewed journals or books between 2015 and 2017 and in any of the three languages of the Association (English, Portuguese, and Spanish). Only graduate students or those people who have earned a Ph.D. within the last five years are eligible to apply. Individuals can submit only one article per grant cycle. Authors must be active members of the ASPHS to be eligible for consideration. This year’s award will be announced at the 2018 annual meeting of the ASPHS in Portland, Oregon.

An electronic copy of the published article, the table of contents of the journal or volume in which the article was published, and the author’s c.v., including current contact information, must accompany each submission. Please email complete materials in pdf form to each of the three members of the prize committee. Please direct queries to the chair of the prize committee. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017, but early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez, Best Early Career Article Prize Committee Chair
Ivana Elbl, Committee Member
Aitana Guia, Committee Member


Schedule of upcoming awards:

2017-2018:  article

2018-2019:  book

2019-2020: dissertation

2020-2021:  article

The 2017 winner of the Best Dissertation Prize was 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 went 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.