Friedrich Katz Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean History, which honors Friedrich Katz, an Austrian-born specialist in Latin American history, whose nearly 50-year career inspired dozens of students and colleagues in the field. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize will be awarded annually to the best book published in English focusing on Latin America, including the Caribbean.
- Books bearing a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 prize.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Katz Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Katz Prize
Ada Ferrer, New York Univ.
Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Ada Ferrer has crafted a work of remarkable insight and methodological brilliance. Many evoke Haiti’s hemispheric significance as an impulse for liberation and conservative re-entrenchment; no one so meticulously traces the interdependencies of freedom and enslavement, incorporating diplomatic, military, and social history as well as extraordinarily imaginative textual analysis. Ferrer’s chapter on the Aponte rebellion is a tour de force, ingeniously unraveling the enigmatic strands that bound Haiti, Cuba, and the African diaspora in the Age of Revolution.