Joseph T. Criscenti was a history professor at Boston College from 1955 to 1988 and retired professor emeritus of history.


He specialized in Argentine history, especially the formation of the Argentine Republic. His article “Argentine Constitutional History, 1810-1852: A Re-examination,” published in the Hispanic American Historical Review, won the James Alexander Robertson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) in 1961.


After retirement, Dr. Criscenti remained active and completed thirteen years as a contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies published by the Library of Congress.

Dr. Criscenti was a founder of the New England Council of Latin American Studies, and the Secretary-Treasurer for nearly twenty years.


In honor of his efforts, NECLAS now offers the annual Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize.


Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize Winners

2019: Jeffrey Pugh (UMass Boston).“Negotiating Identity and Belonging Through the Invisibility Bargain: Colombian Forced Migrants in Ecuador”. IMR (International Migration Review) Volume 52 Number 4 (Winter 2018): 978–1010 

2018:  Anne Eller (Yale University) “Rumors of Slavery: Defending Emancipation in a Hostile Caribbean,” American Historical Review 122:3 (June 2017). 


2017: Tanalís Padilla, “Memories of Justice: Rural Normales and the Cardenista Legacy,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (2016) 32(1): 111-143.

2016: Renata Keller. “The Latin Missile Crisis” In Diplomatic History (2015) 39 (2): 195-222.


2015: David Carey Jr. “Drunks and Dictators: Inebriation Gendered, Ethnic and Class Components in Guatemala, 1898-1994.” In Alcohol in Latin America: A Social and Cultural History. Eds Gretchen Pierce and Aurea Toxqui. 131-157. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2014.


2014: Michele Greet. “Cesar Moro’s Transnational Surrealism.” In Journal of Surrealism and the Americas (2013) 7(1): 19-51.


2013: James N. Green. “Who is the Macho Who Wants to Kill Me?: Male Homosexuality, Revolutionary Masculinity, and the Brazilian Armed Struggle of the 1960s and 1970s.” In Hispanic American Historical Review (2012) 92(3): 437-469.


2012: Julia Rodríguez. “A Complex Fabric: Intersecting Histories of Race, Gender, and Science in Latin America.” In Hispanic American Historical Review (2011) 91(3): 409-429.


2011: David Carey Jr. and M. Gabriela Torres. “Precursors to Femicide.” In Latin American Research Review (2010) 45(3):142-64.


2010: David Carey Jr. "Guatemala's Green Revolution: Synthetic Fertilizer, Public Health, and Economic Autonomy in the Mayan Highland." In Agricultural History (2009) 83(3): 283-322.


2009: Jordana Dym. “Citizen of Which Republic: Foreigners and the Construction of National Citizenship in Latin America, 1823-1845.” In The Americas (2008) 64(4): 477-510.

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