Texas Tech Historian Inducted into Spain’s Royal Academy of History

Allan J. Kuethe will be the 16th American inducted into the academy since 1956. He is one of six Americans currently in the academy.

A Horn Professor of History at Texas Tech University has become a member of Spain’s Royal Academy of History.

Allan J. Kuethe, who specializes in Latin American studies and 18th Century Spanish history, will be the 16th American inducted into the academy since 1956. He is one of six Americans currently in the academy.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen,” Kuethe said. “Half of my publications are in Spanish, so my work has circulated a great deal in Spain.”

As a member of the academy, he will have access to all the academy’s resources in Barcelona.

Kuethe, along with former Texas Tech President Donald Haragan, helped to establish the Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain. A former chairman of the Department of History, he is the second Horn Professor – the highest honor bestowed on a professor at Texas Tech. He joined the university in 1967 and has taught Latin American and Spanish history and the history of France and Western civilization.

Though originally interested in the history of the Spain’s American colonies, Kuethe became interested in Spain’s history as well.

“I started in Spanish American history and the Spanish Empire in America by researching in Colombia,” he said. “I was in Bogotá for more than a year. And I quickly discovered that if you want to write colonial histories of these places, you should start in Spain.”

Kuethe’s publications include “Military Reform and Society in New Granada, 1773-1808;” “Cuba, 1753-1815; Crown, Military, and Society;” “Reform and Insurrection in Bourbon New Granada and Peru,” with John Fisher and Anthony McFarlane of the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick; “Estructura Comercial y Poder en La Colonizacion de America,” co-authored and edited with Enriqueta Vila of the School of Hispanic American Studies; and “Volume III of the UNESCO history of Latin America” with Alfredo Castillero Calvo of the University of Panama.

Currently, he is working on “War and Reform in the Spanish Atlantic: 1714-1796” with Kenneth Andrien at Ohio State University.

The academy was established in 1737 by King Philip V to preserve the memory of the Spanish monarchy. It consists of 36 historians based in Madrid. Foreigners may be admitted as “correspondientes” after nomination by three members and a majority vote of the full membership. Before Kuethe, the last U.S. admission came in 2007.

CONTACT: Allan J. Kuethe, Horn Professor of History, Department of History, allan.j.kuethe@ttu.edu.