The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize

The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize is awarded to a published scholarly article or book chapter of an historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous women.  The piece must have been published in the previous year by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or an independent scholar.

Purpose of the award:  The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing considered.

Application/Nominations Process:  Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit  a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee.  The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field.   Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, applicant or nominee contact information, email address, telephone number, and mailing address, must be included in the application/nomination letter.  Submissions of all materials shall be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to:

November 1:  Application due to NACCS at

January 5:  Awardee is notified by the Selection Committee

Terms of the award:   A prize of $500 will be given to the awardee at the annual NACCS Conference. 

Awards Committee.  The awards committee is composed of three (3) NACCS members who work in the areas addressed by the prize.  The committee Chair is Dr. Linda Heidenreich. 


Rojas Durazo, Ana Clarissa. "For Breath to Return to Love: B/ordering Violence and the War on Drugs. In The Routledge History of Latin American Culture, edited by Carlos Manuel Salomon, 323-337. New York: Routledge, 2018.

The Award Committee for the Antonia I. Castañeda Prize is pleased to announce Clara Rojas Durazo’s “For Breath to Return to Love: B/ordering Violence and the War on Drugs” as the winner of the 2019 Antonia I. Castañeda Prize. Engaging an Anzaldúan facultad, Rojas Durazo reminds us that “We must speak of war, of the many faces and traces of war and violence. But the story never begins nor ends there. Ancestral wells of love and belonging forge a prior as well as a spirited survival and defiance driven by other worlds of knowing, feeling, being” (335). The article makes a critical contribution to understanding the violence against Mexicana, Chicana and Latina communities today, especially in the strongly intersectional way in which it maps the classed, racial, gendered and spatial histories of the US borderlands and government policies. Rojas Durazos’ application of borderlands and Chicana feminist methodologies is a fine example of historical contextualization at its finest.

The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize Committee received many excellent articles this year and the quality and breadth of the work tells us that the field and fields of Chicana history and Chicana Studies are vibrant and will continue to bring critical insights into our multiple pasts for many years to come. Amid this vibrant body of work “For Breath to Return to Love” stood out for its intersectionality and its nuanced
and contextual excavation of the deep historical roots of today’s war on drugs.

Dr. Clarissa Rojas Durazo is an Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is co-editor of Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology (2016), with journal articles published in Chicana/Latina Studies, Aztlan, and Social Justice. She is also known for her teaching excellence and is an internationally published poet who believes in caracoles and trusts the creative spirit. She is an active member of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. We thank Dr. Rojas Durazo for her fine work.

Past Recipients:

  • 2016: Maria Elena Duarte, "Uneven Exchanges: Borderlands Violence and the Search for Peace at Sand Creek." Chicana Latina Studies 16(1).
  • 2015: Belinda Linn Rincón, "Estas son Mis Armas": Lorna Dee Cervantes Poetics of Feminist Solidarity in the Era of Neoliberal Militarism." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 42(3&4): 51-69.
  • 2014: Jenny Luna, "La Tradición Conchera: Historical Process of Danza and Catholicism." Diálogo 16(1): 47-64.
  • 2013: Vanessa Fonseca, "Rosaura Sánchez, critica marxista y máxima expresión del La Jolla Circle: sus contribuciones a la critica chicana, la sociolingüistica y la recuperación de la obra decimonónica de María Amparo Ruiz de Burton." In Chican@s y mexican@s norten@s: Bi-Borderlands Dialogues on Literary and Cultural Production. Edited by Graciela Silva-Rodriguez and Manuel de Jesus Hernandez-G. 73-110.
  • 2012: Cindy Cruz, "LGBTQ Street Youth Talk Back; A Meditation on Resistance and Witnessing." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24(5): 547-558.


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