Monica Perales, Assistant Professor of History, received the Oral History Association 2008 Article Prize for Fighting to Stay in Smeltertown: Lead Contamination and Environmental Justice in a Mexican American Community. The article examines the 1970s lead contamination case that brought about the demise of a Mexican working-class barrio in El Paso, Texas, called Smeltertown. Shes this months featured researcher, and another example of the breadth of research conducted by CLASS faculty. Her work, Fighting To Stay In Smeltertown: Lead Contamination And Environmental Justice In A Mexican American Community looks at the 1970s lead contamination case that brought about the demise of a Mexican working-class barrio in El Paso, Texas, known as Smeltertown. The biennial award recognizes the use of oral history in a published work to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship. Professor Perales received her doctorate from Stanford University in 2004.