Associate Professor Matt O’Hara receives Latin American Studies award

April 13, 2010

By Rachel Monas, Staff 

ohara_250h.jpg
Matthew O’Hara, Associate Professor of History

In April, 2010, the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies awarded their annual Thomas McGann Prize for best book of the year to Matthew O’Hara, Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, for his work, A Flock Divided: Race, Religion, and Politics in Mexico, 1749-1847 (Duke University Press).

The prize committee described A Flock Divided as “an important and innovative historiographical contribution,” calling it “nuanced and smart and written with wit.” Professor O’Hara, they stated, “makes a significant contribution to our understanding of race, ethnicity, identity, and religion in colonial and republican Mexico.”

This book, O’Hara’s first solo publication, brings together the interconnections of race, religion and politics across the transitional period of the Bourbon reforms and early republican Mexico, linking those periods and showing the religious bases of popular politics as they grew out of Catholic practice.