Elizabeth Rankin | October 7, 2016
Faculty Fellow Edward “Ted” Beatty, professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Friedrich Katz Prize for his book Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (University of California Press, 2015).
The Katz Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in Latin American and Caribbean history. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the association’s 131st annual meeting in Denver, CO, January 5–8, 2017.
Based on extensive archival research in Mexico and the Untied States, the book examines technological change in Mexico in the late 1900s, finding that new, imported technologies supported economic growth and brought cultural change and social dislocation but did not stimulate the expansion of domestic innovation and invention.