LASA2023 América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos

Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award

About the award

The Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award is presented at each LASA International Congress to the author(s) of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations published in English, Spanish or Portuguese in any country.

Professor Luciano Tomassini, the remarkable thinker, political scientist and analyst devoted his talent to spread the word about the need to understand the economic and political changes coming to the world, so as to make the most of Latin America’s place within the international scene. IDB presidents came to benefit from his knowledge and understanding of international relations and public policies. His major accomplishments consisted of: a) creating the Red de Relaciones Internacionales de América Latina (RIAL), which brought together scholars to analyze the changing international scenario and Latin America’s place within it, and b) producing a volume that many consider to be his magnum opus, Rompiendo códigos: el cambio cultural de nuestro tiempo (FLACSO, 2010), which won Chile’s National Book Award.

At a time of military governments with a limited understanding of the world around them, Luciano grasped that future democratic transitions would need governments and cadres that were able to make sense of the international environment. Luciano Tomassini understood the successful internationalization of Latin America. LASA established in his honor the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Award for the best book on the region’s IR and foreign policies published in English, Spanish or Portuguese in the previous three years.

Call for nominations

The Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award is presented at each LASA International Congress to the author(s) of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations published in English, Spanish, or Portuguese in any country. Books eligible for the 2022 award must have been published between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Anthologies of selections by several authors are not eligible. Books will be judged on originality of research, quality of analysis and writing, and the significance of their contribution to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Books may be nominated by LASA members, or publishers.

Persons who nominate books are responsible for confirming the publication date and for forwarding one copy (printed or digital) directly to each member of the Award Committee, at the expense of the nominator or publisher. A nomination packet should include a statement justifying the nomination; a copy of the nominated book (printed or digital); and the complete mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the nominee. The printed books should be sent directly to individual Award Committee members and to the LASA Secretariat by September 20, 2022. Nominations for the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award must be submitted electronically. Please fill out the award submission form by September 20, 2022. For international shipping, please label all books as gifts and not as samples.

All books nominated must reach each member of the Award Committee and the LASA Secretariat by September 20, 2022. By January 20, 2023, the committee will select a winning book. It may also name an honorable mention. The award will be announced at the LASA2023 Welcome Ceremony, and the awardee will be publicly honored. In addition, the awardee will present his/her book in a special panel during the Congress. LASA membership is not a requirement to receive the award.

Members of the 2023 Committee

Brigitte Weiffen (chair)
The Open University

Andrés Malamud
ICS Universidade de Lisboa

Katherine M. Marino
University of California, Los Angeles 

Claudia Kedar
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Víctor M. Mijares
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Arturo Sotomayor
George Washington University

Award history


AWARDEE: Stephen B. KaplanGlobalizing Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in the Americas (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

HONORABLE MENTION: Roberto Saba, American Mirror: The United States and Brazil in the Age of Emancipation (Princeton University Press, 2021)


AWARDEE: Christy ThorntonRevolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (University of California Press, 2021)

HONORABLE MENTION: Katrina Burgess, Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (Oxford University Press, 2020)


AWARDEE: Jessica GrahamShifting the Meaning of Democracy: Race, Politics, and Culture in the United States and Brazil (University of California Press, 2019)

HONORABLE MENTION: Carol Wise, Dragonomics: How Latin America is Maximizing (or Missing Out) on China’s International Development Strategy (Yale University Press, 2020)


AWARDEE: Katherine M. MarinoFeminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)


AWARDEE: Tore C. Olsson, Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside (Princeton University Press, 2017)

HONORABLE MENTION: Kathryn A. SikkinkEvidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press, 2017)


AWARDEE: Sean W. Burges, Brazil in the World: The International Relations of a South American Giant (Manchester University Press, 2016)


AWARDEE: Patrick Iber, Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America (Harvard University Press, 2015)


AWARDEE: Christine Hatzky, Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976-1991 (University of Wisconsin Press)

HONORABLE MENTION: Elliot Young, Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era Through World War II (University of North Carolina Press)


AWARDEE: Arturo C. Sotomayor, The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil and Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press)


AWARDEE: Gustavo Flores-Macías, After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms on Latin America (Oxford University Press)

HONORABLE MENTION 1: Claudia Kedar, The International Monetary Fund and Latin America. The Argentine Puzzle in Context (Temple University Press)

HONORABLE MENTION 2: Gabriel Paquette, Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: the Luso-Brazilian World, c. 1770-1850 (Cambridge University Press)


AWARDEE: Tanya Harmer, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

HONORABLE MENTION: Mark Eric Williams, Understanding U.S.-Latin American Relations: Theory and History (Routledge, 2011)


AWARDEE: Marisa von Bulow, Building Transnational Networks: Civil Society and the Politics of Trade in the Americas.