Baumgartner and Cadava receive honors from OAH

April 16, 2014

One of our current graduate students and one of our former graduate students were honored at the recent meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Atlanta.

Alice Baumgartner was awarded the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for her article, “The Line of Positive Safety: Borders, Boundaries, and Nations in the Rio Grande Valley, 1848-1880.”   Alice is a first year History Ph.D. student at Yale, where she also received her B.A. in History with distinction in 2010.  Between receiving her baccalaureate degree and returning to Yale for graduate studies, she worked in a free medical clinic in the eastern lowlands of Bolivia and was awarded an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford.  Alice’s research focus is borderlands history, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border in the nineteenth century. 

Geraldo Cadava has been awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for his book Standing on Common Ground:  The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard UP).  This book was chosen in a unanimous decision by the award committee.  The book is based based on his 2008 dissertation, “Corridor of Exchange:  Culture and Ethnicity in Tucson’s Modern Borderlands.”  Geraldo is currently an assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Congratulations Alice and Geraldo!