This is a bit belated, but it gives me great pleasure to announce that this pathbreaking volume, co-edited by Deborah Vargas, Nancy Raquel Mirabal, and Lawrence LaFountain-Stokes titled, Keywords for Latina/o Studies (NYU Press, 2017), won a 2018 Choice Award. Very few anthologies ever win this award, making this a particularly praiseworthy volume. Personally, I have found it extremely useful in my own thinking these days about Latinidad and how its evolving.
The chapter I contributed is titled, "Education," and is in the company of outstanding scholars with equally outstanding contributions across many areas, including the following: "Afro-Latinas/os," by Tanya Katerí Hernandez; "Borderlands," by Nicole Guidotti-Hernández; "Chicana, Chicano, Chican@, Chicanx," by Sheila Marie Contreras; "Culture," by Arlene Dávila; "Decolonial," by María Lugones; "Family," by Richard T. Rogríguez; "Feminisms," by María E. Cotera; "Gender," by Sandra K. Soto; "Health," by John McKiernan-Gonzalez; "History," by Gerald E. Poyo, "Hyphen," by Frederick Luis Aldama; "Illegality," by Cecilia Menjivar; "Indigeneity," by Maylei Blackwell; "Mestizaje by Alicia Arrizón; "Modernity," by José F. Aranda, Jr.; "Nationalism," by Raúl Coronado; "Politics," by John A. García, "Poverty," by Patricia Zavelle; "Spanglish," by Ana-Celia Zentella; "Spirituality," by Theresa Delgadillo, "Television," by Mary Beltran; "White," by Julie Dowling and so many others—amounting to a prodigious total of 63 individual contributions.
Below you can read the Choice Award Letter and helpful notes on classroom use. I think that a lot of the pieces could be used not only in the college classroom, but also at the high school level where Mexican American Studies, Latino Studies, or Ethnic Studies, generally, is taught. The pieces are all rather succinct and jam-packed with concepts and insights be great scholars who are of course, leading ones in their respective fields or subfields of study.
So much of this tracks back, as well, to great editors. Check out their statement about building an "Archive of Meaning" below. Again, many congratulations to Professors Vargas, Mirabal, and LaFountain-Stokes for their many months of hard work on the volume and for this much-merited recognition.
From Choice award letter:
"This year’s Outstanding Academic Title list includes 455 books and digital resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff from among the over 4,800 titles reviewed by Choice during the past year. Of these, 436 are print products; the remaining 19 are electronic.
These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important— often the first—treatment of their subject. Constituting about nine percent of the titles reviewed by Choice during the past year, and two percent of the more than 21,000 titles submitted to Choice during this same period, Outstanding Academic Titles are truly the “best of the best.” As always, only a select group of publishers and authors are represented on such a list. Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this outstanding achievement."