Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize Winners


  • Stephanie Sieburth, Duke University, for Survival Songs: Conchita Piquer’s Coplas and Franco’s Regime of Terror (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2014)


  • Mabel Moraña, Washington University in St. Louis, for Arguedas / Vargas Llosa: Dilemas y ensamblajes (Iberoamericana, 2013)

  • Honorable mention: Claire F. Fox, University of Iowa, for Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2013)

  • Honorable mention: Javier Irigoyen-García, University of Illinois, Urbana, for The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2013)


  • Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University, and Tom Cummins, Harvard University, for Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes (Duke Univ. Press, 2012)

  • Honorable mention: Nadia R. Altschul, Johns Hopkins University, for Geographies of Philological Knowledge: Postcoloniality and the Transatlantic National Epic (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2012)


  • E. Michael Gerli, University of Virginia, for Celestina and the Ends of Desire (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2011)


  • Stephanie Merrim, Brown University, for The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture (Univ. of Texas Press, 2010)

  • Honorable mention: Jon Beasley-Murray, University of British Columbia, for Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin America (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2010)


  • Lisa Beth Voigt, Ohio State University, for Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic: Circulations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 2009)


  • Nicolás Wey Gómez, Brown University, for The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies (MIT Press, 2008)

  • Honorable mention: Joan Ramon Resina, Stanford University, for Barcelona’s Vocation of Modernity: Rise and Decline of an Urban Image (Stanford Univ. Press, 2008)


  • Rolena Adorno, Yale University, for The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative (Yale Univ. Press, 2007)

  • Honorable Mention: Gary Tomlinson, University of Pennsylvania, for The Singing of the New World: Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007)


  • William P. Childers, Brooklyn College, for Transnational Cervantes (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2006)

  • Honorable Mention: Lois Parkinson Zamora, University of Houston, for The Inordinate Eye: New World Baroque and Latin American Fiction (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2006)


  • Rubén Gallo, Princeton University, for Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (MIT Press, 2005)


  • Sibylle Fischer, New York University, for Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (Duke Univ. Press, 2004)

  • Honorable mention: Francie Cate-Arries, College of William and Mary, for Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939–1945 (Bucknell Univ. Press, 2004)


  • Diana Taylor, New York University, for The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke Univ. Press, 2003)


  • Noël Valis, Yale University, for The Culture of Cursilería: Bad Taste, Kitsch, and Class in Modern Spain (Duke Univ. Press, 2002)

  • Honorable mention: Jean Franco, Columbia University, for The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City: Latin America in the Cold War (Harvard Univ. Press, 2002)


  • Georgina Dopico Black, New York University, for Perfect Wives, Other Women: Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain (Duke Univ. Press, 2001)

  • Francine R. Masiello, University of California, Berkeley, for The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis (Duke Univ. Press, 2001)


  • Catherine Julien, Western Michigan University, for Reading Inca History (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2000)


  • Idelber Avelar, Tulane University, for The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning (Duke Univ. Press, 1999)


  • Frances Aparicio, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1997)

  • Rebecca Haidt, Ohio State University, Columbus, for Embodying Enlightenment: Knowing the Body in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Literature and Culture (St. Martin's Press, 1998)


  • Kathryn Joy McKnight, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for The Mystic of Tunja: The Writings of Madre Castillo, 1671–1742 (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1997)


  • Diana Sorensen, Wesleyan University, for Facundo and the Construction of Argentine Culture (Univ. of Texas Press, 1996)


  • Walter D. Mignolo, Duke University, for The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1995)


  • Candace Slater, University of California, Berkeley, for Dance of the Dolphin: Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994)

  • Honorable mention: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Duke University, for Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way (Univ. of Texas Press, 1994)


  • Margarita Zamora, University of Wisconsin, Madison, for Reading Columbus (Univ. of California Press, 1993)


  • Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Amherst College, for The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (Duke Univ. Press, 1992)

  • Francine Masiello, University of California, Berkeley, for Between Civilization and Barbarism: Women, Nation, and Literary Culture in Modern Argentina (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1992)

  • Honorable mention: Debra A. Castillo, Cornell University, for Talking Back: Toward a Latin American Feminist Literary Criticism (Cornell Univ. Press, 1992)


  • George Mariscal, University of California, San Diego, for Contradictory Subjects: Quevedo, Cervantes, and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Culture (Cornell Univ. Press, 1991)

  • William Rowe, King's College, University of London, and Vivian Schelling, University of East London, for Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America (Verso Books, 1991)

  • Honorable mention: Maria G. Tomsich, University of British Columbia, for a translation of Love Customs in Eighteenth-Century Spain by Carmen Martín Gaite (Univ. of California Press, 1991)


  • Roberto González Echevarría, Yale University, for Myth and Archive: A Theory of Latin American Narrative (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990)

  • Regina Harrison, Bates College, for Signs, Songs, and Memory in the Andes: Translating Quechua Language and Culture (Univ. of Texas Press,

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