Alan Shane Dillingham, PhD, assistant professor of history at Spring Hill College, was honored by the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), the professional organization of Latin American historians within the American Historical Association (AHA), with the 2016 Tibesar Prize for his article, "Indigenismo Occupied: Indigenous Youth and Mexico's Democratic Opening (1968-1975).” The award is presented to the author of the most distinguished article published by The Americas in a given volume year and signifies excellence in the areas of scholarship, original research, thought and writing.
Julia Sarreal, PhD, chair of the Tibesar Prize Committee and associate professor of Latin American history at Arizona State University, said the committee found the article “presents interesting and original research based on compelling sources, … is well written and well organized, and provides good contextualization and background about the subject.”
The article, which deals with indigenous activists in Mexico in the 1960s and 1970s, grew out of research conducted for Dillingham’s doctoral dissertation. Dillingham cited this award and awards presented to other faculty in Spring Hill College’s history department, saying they each serve as “a testament to the intellectual rigor and work ethic of our department. Having faculty with active research agendas makes for better classroom instruction.” He went on to state, “as a liberal arts institution, Spring Hill is well-placed to build on this scholar-teacher model of education.”
Thomas Ward, PhD, department chair and professor of history, said the department as a whole was excited to learn of the prize. “In his short time at Spring Hill, Shane has proven himself to be an excellent teacher who brings his research into the classroom and inspires his students to engage with historical documents in the manner that professional historians do."
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences.