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LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Dissertation Award

About the Award

The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award is made possible through the generosity of Oxfam America, LASA, and LASA members. This award is offered at each LASA International Congress to an outstanding junior scholar who embodies Professor Diskin’s commitment to the creative combination of activism and scholarship.

Dr. Martin Diskin was a vital member of the Latin American Studies Association and of Oxfam America. His passion towards the human rights movement and his guidance over grantmaking in Latin America proved to be invaluable. He was fervent about supporting justice and openly criticized the US foreign policy in Central America and Cuba. He demonstrated the value of being informed and strategic advocates. As Raymond Offenheiser remarked “his [was a] prophetic voice in a world so in need of courage and hopeful vision; his commitment to academic rigor in service of humanity”.

Call for nominations

The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award is made possible through the generosity of Oxfam America, LASA, and LASA members. This award is offered at each LASA International Congress to an outstanding junior scholar who embodies Professor Diskin’s commitment to the creative combination of activism and scholarship.

The award will be presented to an advanced doctoral student or recent Ph.D. All advanced Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate that they will complete their dissertation prior to the LASA International Congress. LASA limits recent Ph.D. recipients to those individuals who received their degrees after the LASA Congress prior to the one at which the award is to be received. LASA welcomes dissertations written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

The Award Committee will evaluate three criteria: (1) overall scholarly credentials, based on the candidate’s curriculum vitae; (2) the quality of the dissertation writing, research, and analysis as determined by the dissertation outline and sample chapter submitted; (3) the primary advisor’s letter of recommendation. The definition of activist scholarship shall remain broad and pluralist, to be discussed and interpreted by each Selection Committee.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae; a dissertation abstract of 250 words; the dissertation outline or table of contents; one sample chapter, which exemplifies the author’s approach to activist scholarship; and a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s primary advisor which focuses explicitly on the candidate’s qualifications for the Martin Diskin Dissertation Award.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the LASA Secretariat by September 20, 2019. The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award recipient will receive a $1,000 stipend. LASA encourages wide distribution of this call for nominations to colleagues and students. The award will be announced at the LASA2020 Awards Ceremony, and the awardee will be publicly honored. The winner will present his/her research at a special panel during the Congress. LASA membership is not a requirement to receive the award.

The 2020 Selection Committee consists of: 

Emma Cervone (chair)

Kevin Healy
Oxfam America

Ponciano del Pino
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Maylei Blackwell
University of California, Los Angeles.

Award history

2019


AWARDEE: Daniel Ruiz-Serna (McGill University)

HONORABLE MENTION: Laura Bernal-Bermúdez (University of Oxford)

2018


AWARDEE: Sara Mingorria Martinez (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

HONORABLE MENTION: Evelyn Encalada-Grez (Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande)

2017


AWARDEE: Christopher Eugene Courtheyn (Universidad del Rosario)

HONORABLE MENTION: Adriana Paola Paredes Peñafiel (Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande)

HONORABLE MENTION: Goya Wilson Vásquez (University of Bristol)

2016


AWARDEE: Diana Gomez (University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill)

2015


AWARDEE: Alex Fattal (Harvard University)

HONORABLE MENTION: Magalí Rabasa (University of Kansas)

HONORABLE MENTION: Rebecca Tarlau (University of California, Berkeley)

2014


AWARDEE: Aurora Vergara-Figueroa (Universidad Icesi)

HONORABLE MENTION: Lina Britto (Harvard University)

2013


AWARDEE: Lindsey Mayka (Colby College)

AWARDEE: Erica Simmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

2012


AWARDEE: Maria Christina Cielo (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador)

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Oscar Gil García and Oliver Kaplan (University of Denver)

2010


AWARDEE: Louis Esparza (California State University/Los Angeles)

2009


AWARDEE: Sales Augusto dos Santos (Universidade de Brasília - UnB)