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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Next of Kin wins NACCS book award!

I am very, very, very pleased to be able to announce here that Ricky Rodriguez's book Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics has won the 2011 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award.

This, dear reader, is a Big Deal. If you think about it, to win a book award given out by a major scholarly organization like the NACCS is about as clear-cut an indicator of academic distinction in a given field as one can imagine.

I am really happy about this on a professional level because this sort of book award is a great honor for Professor Rodriguez and--by extension--for all of us. But even more than that, I'm pleased on a personal level because (as anyone who knows Ricky would agree), this simply couldn't have happened to a kinder or more conscientious person.

The award will be announced officially at an NACCS luncheon on April 2 in Pasadena. But I'm told that we're allowed to spill the beans early, and I wanted to share this piece of good news with absolutely everyone as soon as possible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well deserved award, Ricky!

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