Congratulations Professor Micaela Díaz-Sánchez!
Professor Díaz-Sánchz is the recipient of the 2021 Antonia I. Castañada Prize fro mthe National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies for her chapter "“Rebozos, Huipiles, y ¿Qué?: Chicana Self-Fashioning in the Academy," published in the text meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self- Adornment, and Identity Construction (UT Press, 2020).
The Antonia I. Castañada award honors written works by an independent scholar, pre-tenure scholar, or advanced graduate student whose work contributes to the fields of Chicana and/or Indigenous Women's History, and is interdisciplinary and representative of the best of the gendered articles published in the previous year. Professor Díaz-Sánchez's chapter was found to be a critically important contribution towards understanding the resistance of Chicana academics in the university who perform through dress, and was praised for its powerful contextualization of the structural forms of patriarchy, racism, and institutional violence for women of color in the academy.
The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize was founded during the 1999-2000 academic year by Dr. Arturo Madrid and five esteemed scholars: Emma Pérez, Deena González, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, and Dudley Brooks. They wish to found a scholarly award that would build upon to honor the work and legacy of Dr. Antonia I. Castañeda.
Dr. Castañeda is a Tejana-born feminist historian who received her Ph.D in U.S. History at Stanford University, and is a founder of Chicana history whose works centerd on the lives of Chicanas and Indigenous women in the related fields of Western History and Women's History. She worked tirelessly to mentor future generations of Chicana historians, and previously taught in the Chicana and Chicano Studies and Women's Studies departments at UC Santa Barbara and the History Department at UT Austin and St. Mary's Unviersity in San Antonio. Dr. Castañeda is currently retired.