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History Ph.D. alum Adrian Masters wins the James Alexander Robertson Prize, awarded by the Conference of Latin American Historians

Sat, September 7, 2019
History Ph.D. alum Adrian Masters wins the James Alexander Robertson Prize, awarded by the Conference of Latin American Historians

History Ph.D alumnus Dr. Adrian Masters (’18) has been awarded the James Alexander Robertson Prize for articles published on Latin American history, awarded Conference of Latin American Historians (CLAH)! The prize is awarded annually for an article appearing (during the year preceding the award) in one of the four consecutive issues of the Hispanic American Historical Review. "The article selected for the award is to be one that, in the judgment of the prize committee, makes an outstanding contribution to Latin American historical literature," according to CLAH's description.

The award is for Masters’ “A Thousand Invisible Architects: Vassals, the Petition and Response System, and the Creation of Spanish Imperial Caste Legislation,” published in 2018 in the Hispanic American Historical Review 98 (3): 377-406. Read the abstract here.

“This is the most important prize in our profession for articles published on Latin American history,” remarked Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at UT Austin. Masters’ dissertation, "Creating Law in the Spanish Empire: Petitioners, Royal Decrees, and the Council of the Indies, 1524-1598,” was supervised by Cañizares-Esguerra.

Cañizares-Esguerra’s review of the article captures some of the reasons why the committee might have chosen this piece: "Groundbreaking. Demonstrates that entire paragraphs in legal decrees were actually verbatim copies of petitions. The legislation was a bottom-up process, not a top-down authoritarian imposition by an overpowering colonial state. This process lent the monarchy legitimacy and large popular support as considerably large sectors of the population could become lawgivers themselves." Read the full article here.

Masters was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies in 2018-19, and has been awarded a four-year research fellowship at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen-Germany, German Research Foundation, Collab. Research Centre. Follow Adrian's work at https://uni-tuebingen.academia.edu/AdrianMasters.

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While a History doctoral student, Masters wrote several excellent book reviews for Not Even Past, including--

The Disappearing Mestizo, by Joanne Rappaport (2014)

Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis by Rubén Gallo (2010)

The Doubtful Strait/El Estrecho Dudoso by Ernesto Cardenal (1995)

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