Donna Guy Receives Conference on Latin American History’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award

October 3, 2019
Donna Guy
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Donna Guy for receiving the Conference on Latin American History’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The announcement of her award read as follows:
 
Professor Donna Guy has a rich record of research, teaching, and service. A graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. 1967) and Indiana University (M.A. 1969; Ph.D. 1973), Professor Guy retired as Distinguished Professor of Humanities from Ohio State University in 2014, having joined the faculty in 2001 after a long and important tenure at the University of Arizona, where she began her teaching career in 1972. During her time at the University of Arizona, she served as Director of the Latin American Center for five years, 1989-1994, even as she was publishing field-defining scholarship, providing valuable and demanding service to the profession, and mentoring students in both the U.S. and Argentina. She is a worthy recipient of the Conference on Latin American History’s Distinguished Service Award.
 
Professor Guy has written five monographs, five co-edited volumes, and sixty articles and book chapters. Although her earliest scholarship was in economic history, including her excellent first book on sugar and politics in Tucumán (1980), soon after its publication Professor Guy began to develop the themes that still inform her most recent scholarship.  In 1982 her article “Women, Peonage, and Industrialization” won the CLAH article prize (now the Vanderwood Prize), and her pioneering journey into women’s history, gender history, and history of sexuality was launched.  Her prize-winning 1991 monograph, *Sex and Danger in Buenos Aires: Prostitution, Family, and Nation in Argentina *marked her as a prominent advocate of feminist histories that connect to and refocus (and sometimes even completely revise) standard political narratives.  *Sex and Danger* was followed by an influential edited volume (with Daniel Balderston), *Sex and Sexuality in Latin America *(1997); a collection of wide-ranging essays, *White Slavery and Mothers Alive and Dead:  The Troubled Meeting of Sex, Gender, Public Health and Progress in Latin America *(2000); *Women Build the Welfare State:  Performing Charity, Creating Rights in Argentina,1880-1955* (2009); and *Creating Charismatic Bonds in Argentina:  Letters to Juan and Eva Perón* (2016).  In articles, in her editorship of the *Journal of Women’s History*, by guest editing several special journal issues, and by curating the very fine series “Engendering Latin America” at the University of Nebraska Press, she continued to shape the fields of global and Latin American gender history, constantly urging historians of women and gender, by example and in her mentoring, to force more traditional historians to pay attention to feminist scholarship.  No one can write about public policy, the rise of the welfare state, or the family in capitalism—to choose just a few of her themes—in Argentina or Latin America without taking her work into account.
 
Professor Guy has also served the profession to an extraordinary degree. She has served on five editorial boards, several program committees and planning committees for annual conferences, and a number of prize committees and fellowship committees.  Perhaps most important for this award, she has served the Conference on Latin American History in an administrative capacity beginning in 1991, including as president from 1995-97.
 
Finally, Professor Guy’s impact on her graduate students and colleagues—both in the U.S. and in Argentina—is clear from the letters of support the committee received.  These letters reveal a talented undergraduate teacher and a warm and supportive mentor who, in the words of Jeffrey Shumway, “effectively walked the line between encouragement and criticism.”  Several letters also mentioned the networks of connections that Guy has developed in Argentina and made available to her U.S. students.  Those connections were based on what is obviously an ongoing affection for (and not just scholarly interest in) Argentina, reflected in the large number of presentations she has made over the years, the translation of all but one of her monographs into Spanish, her co-edited volumes with Argentine scholars, and her *Doctora Honoris Causa* from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán in 2010.
 
In recognition of this splendid record of service, Donna Guy is this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner.
 
*Distinguished Service Award Committee for 2019:*
 
Chair:  Margaret Chowning, University of California at Berkeley
 
Brodwyn Fischer, University of Chicago
 
Kevin Terraciano, University of California at Los Angeles