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CAS professor awarded for work in Latin American history

TAMPA, Fla. – A University of South Florida professor in the Department of History was awarded the USF Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award.

Associate Professor Frances Ramos, Ph.D., focuses her research on political culture of late 17th and 18th century Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, the viceroyalty of New Spain’s “second city” in prestige and importance and the bridging of old world and new.

The University of Arizona Press published her book “Identity, Ritual, and Power of Colonia Puebla,” a study of colonial Mexico’s “second city,” which since has been awarded the Michael C. Meyer Award for Best Book in Mexican History for the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies, the oldest Latin American academic organization in the country.

“I worked on ‘Identity, Ritual, and Power’ for over a decade and to have it recognized by RMCLAS was certainly a highlight of my career,” Ramos said.

She also received a prestigious and highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to conduct long-term research at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. This enabled her to spend five months at the JCB Library working on her current research project, “The War of the Spanish Succession in New Spain: Rumor, Gossip, and Political Discourse.”

“Publishing a book and winning an NEH in the same year is an embarrassment of riches. I thank the USF Research Council for recognizing my work,” Ramos said.

Ramos’ newest research projects include one which focuses on the impact on the War of the Spanish Succession and another focusing on a ring of document forgers in mid-18th century Puebla.


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Author: Justine Figueroa