AAHHE Books of the Year Awards

   The AAHHE Books of the Year Awards, presented annually at the national conference of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, is a celebration of Hispanic culture, history and research excellence. These authors' accomplishments are at the highest levels of literature and scholarship. By awarding the annual Book of the Year Award, AAHHE acknowledges and honors the power of the written word to share the Hispanic experience and to enlighten the global community. No other higher education organization provides this significant award.


2023 AAHHE Books of the Year Awards Recipients

Early Career Category


Apoyo Sacrificial: How Undocumented Latinx Parents Get Their Children to College (2021)


Stephany Cuevas, EdD
Assistant Professor
Chapman University

Mid-Career Category


Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender and Sexuality in Chicanx and Latinx Studies (2021)


Francisco Galarte, PhD
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico

Senior Scholar Category


Proving Patriotismo Latino Military Recruitment, Service, and Belonging in the US, 2021

Adam McGlynn, PhD
Professor of Political Science
East Stroudsburg University

Jessica Lavariega Montfordi, PhD
Vice Provost
California State University

Edited Volume Category


Mexican American Civil Rights in Texas (2021)

Roberto Brischetto, PhD

J. Richard Avena, PhD

Previous recipients of the AAHHE Books of the Year Awards:


Elsa Gonzalez, PhD; Frank Fernandez, PhD; Miranda Wilson; An Asset-Based Approach to Advancing Latina Students in STEM: Increasing Resilience, Participation, and Success
Nichole Garcia, PhD; Cristobal Salinas, Jr., PhD; Jesus Cisneros, PhD; Studying Latinx/a/o Students in Higher Education: A Critical Analysis of Concepts, Theory, and Methodologies
Laura Enriquez, PhD; Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family


Susan Paik, PhD, Stacy Kula, PhD, Jeremiah González, PhD, Verónica González, PhD, High Achieving Latino Students
Gil Conchas, PhD, Nancy Acevedo, PhD, The Chicano/o/x Dream: Hope, Resistance, and Educational Success
Vasti Torres, PhD, Ebelia Hernandez, PhD, Sylvia Martinez, PhD, Understanding the LatinX Experience
Emir Estrada, PhD, Kids at Work

2021 AAHHE Distinguished Authors Awards
Aida Hurtado, PhD, Intersectional Chicana Feminisms: Sitios y Lenguas
Michael A. Olivas, PhD, Perchance to Dream: A Legal and Political History of the Dream Act and DACA
Carlos Vélez-Ibañez, PhD, Reflections of a Transborder Anthropologist: From Netzahualcoyotl to Aztlán

Gina Garcia, Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities

Alberto Ledesma, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Alberto Acereda, Estela Bensimón, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Gary Francisco Keller, Laura J. Rendón, Richard J. Tannenbaum, New Directions in Hispanic College Student Assessment and Academic Preparation
Hispanic College Students Move Forward: Policies, Planning, and Progress in Promoting Access

Aída Hurtado and Mrinal Sinha, Beyond Machismo

Dolores Inés Casillas, Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, [Un]framing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui, and Other Rebels with a Cause

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas

Arturo Madrid, In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico

Rubén Martinez, Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail

David Montejano, Quixote’s Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981

Gustavo Arellano, ¡Ask a Mexican!

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street

Mirta Ojito, Finding Mañana

Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s Journey

Jeanett Castellanos, Alberta M. Gloria, and Mark Kamimura, The Latina/o Pathway to the PhD: Abriendo Caminos