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Award-Winning Book Examines US-Mexico Agrarian Relations

Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, has received multiple awards from organizations in three very different historical disciplines for his recent book, Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside, published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

The Agricultural History Society presented Olsson with the annual Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award, which recognizes the best book on agricultural history in the United States. The American University School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies awarded Olsson with the annual William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on US-Latin American relations published in 2016-17. His third award, the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, is given for the best first book in the history of US foreign relations.

“It has been absolutely thrilling to see my work receive such honors from the intellectual societies that have fostered this project from its very beginning,” says Olsson, a historian of the 20th century United States in international context. “My work has always straddled multiple fields of history – from US southern history to agricultural history to Latin American history. But because I’m all over the map, I’ve often felt intellectually homeless, a jack of many trades and master of none, but receiving these prizes has helped me overcome some of these anxieties.”