AAHHE: American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, inc.

Annual Book Award

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Alberto Ledesma's Brief Biography
Dr. Alberto Ledesma grew up in East Oakland, California and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies in 1996. He is a former faculty member at California State University, Monterey Bay, and a lecturer in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He has also held several staff positions at UC Berkeley during the last decade, including Director of Admissions at the School of Optometry, and Writing Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center. His current position is as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts and Humanities. As a writer, Dr. Ledesma has published academic articles, poetry, and short stories in such venues as Con/Safos: A Chicana/o Literary Magazine, Gary Soto's Chicano Chapbook Series, and The Berkeley Poetry Review. His essays have also appeared in ColorLines, New American Media, and The Harvard Journal of Education. He is also a past member of Sandra Cisneros's Macondo Writers Workshop and the Voices of Our Nations Artists Writers Workshop. His latest book is Diary of A Reluctant Dreamer.


Each year, AAHHE adopts a book written by a Latino/a author as the Conference Book. The author is invited to attend the conference and speak at the opening plenary session. During this session, the author explains the inspiration behind the book and how readers across the country have responded to it. All attendees of the conference receive the book and have the opportunity to have their book signed after the opening session. A book signing venue is also available in the conference exhibit area for the remainder of the conference.

Annual Book Award Authors

2018
Alberto Acereda, Estela Bensimón, Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr., Gary Francisco Keller, Laura J. Rendón, Richard J. Tannenbaum
New Directions in Hispanic College Student Assessment and Academic Preparation
Hispanic College Students Move Forward: Policies, Planning, and Progress in Promoting Access

2017
Aída Hurtado, Mrinal Sinha
Beyond Machismo

2016
Dolores Inés Casillas
Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy

2015
Alicia Gaspar de Alba
[Un]framing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui, and Other Rebels with a Cause

2014
Felicity Amaya Schaeffer
Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas

2013
Arturo Madrid
In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico

2012
Rubén Martinez
Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail

2011
David Montejano
Quixote’s Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981

2010
Gustavo Arellano
¡Ask a Mexican!

2009
Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street

2008
Mirta Ojito
Finding Mañana

2007
Sonia Nazario
Enrique’s Journey

2006
Jeanett Castellanos, Alberta M. Gloria, and Mark Kamimura
The Latina/o Pathway to the Ph.D.: Abriendo Caminos

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