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Vanessa Freije awarded 2021 Palmegiano Book Prize by American Historical Association

October 19, 2021

Award Winners 2021 Vanessa Freije and Citizens of Scandal book cover

Jackson School Assistant Professor of International Studies Vanessa Freije has been awarded the American Historical Association’s (AHA) Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize for the most outstanding book published in English on any aspect of the history of journalism. Read the official announcement released by the AHA on Oct. 18, 2021.

Freije’s book, “Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico,” which was published by Duke University Press in Oct. 2020, explores the causes and consequences of political scandals in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s. Read more about the book in this earlier Q&A interview UW Notebook.

Freije has appeared in media as a commentator on Mexico’s elections and has published articles on information politics in Latin America. Her research has won awards from the Latin American Studies Association, the American Journalism Historians Association, and the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Duke University.