The American Historical Association announced Rutgers University professor of history, Dr. Yesenia Barragan, as one of the winners of its 2022 prizes. She is to be awarded at the AHA’s 136th annual meeting, which will take place in Philadelphia from January 5–8, 2023.

The AHA offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, the Association has conferred over 1,000 awards. This year’s finalists were selected from a field of over 1,300 entries by nearly 150 dedicated prize committee members. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalog of the best work produced in the historical discipline.

Professor Barragan won the Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history, which rewards for an outstanding book in African diaspora history or some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement and adjustment, and/or return of peoples originally from Africa. The Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history is jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History. 

Congratulations to Professor Barragan!


Yesenia Barragan (Rutgers Univ.) for Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2021)

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