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History Faculty and Undergraduate Research Featured in "Hispanic American Historical Review"

Sun, November 18, 2018
History Faculty and Undergraduate Research Featured in
Left: "Hispanic American Historical Review" cover, November 2018 issue. Top: Prof. Butler. Below: Mr. Powell

The November 2018 issue of Hispanic American Historical Review features an article by Professor Matthew Butler and Kevin D. Powell (History alumnus, 2017), entitled “Father, Where Art Thou? Catholic Priests and Mexico's 1929 Relación de Sacerdotes.” The piece analyzes a fascinating primary source: the Relación de sacerdotes, an ecclesiastical census “that was compiled by the Secretariat of the Interior during Mexico's Cristero War in 1929. The authors “propose that this statistical device ultimately helped the Catholic Church and the Portes Gil government to plot a way out of the religious crisis.”

Powell had been a student in Professor Butler’s Church and State in Modern Latin America course. The co-authors began working with this research material in spring 2017, when Powell was a senior History Honors student and LLILAS-Benson intern registered to work with Butler. This research was connected to Butler’s current book project on the history of constitutional Catholicisms in modern Mexico. During that time, Powell also wrote an Honors thesis, “Las Guerras de Ideas: Anglo-American Missionaries, Ultramontane Intellectuals, and the Ideological Struggle over Modernity in Chile and Uruguay (c. 1860-1905),” directed by Professor Virginia Garrard. After graduating, Powell has continued to pursue his interests in Latin American history, recently receiving his MA at the University of Chicago in 2018. He is currently researching the “transnational consolidation of networks of Catholic integralist lay movements in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile and the emergence of the Latin American Anti-Communist Confederation.”

Hispanic American Historical Review has also published an engaging interview with Powell and Professor Butler on its website. The interview provides insight into their process of research and collaboration:

Powell: “Crucial to the success of a project of this kind is building and maintaining with the other person a collaborative relationship that is built on mutual respect and a genuine and deep interest in the material. But I think what can’t really be predicted or made to happen is the development of an intellectual camaraderie that also became an amistad forged by the mutual experience of overcoming the twist and turns of research, writing, and the publication process, when mental fist bumps become hurrahs.”

To read the whole interview: http://hahr-online.com/matthew-butler-kevin-powell-catholic-priests-and-mexicos-1929-relacion-de-sacerdotes/

See also:
"Hispanic American Historical Review" August/November issues feature UT History Latin Americanist Scholars

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