LASA extends the deadline to search for its next President and Executive Council members. Deadline: September 30, 2023.

Congratulations to the LASA2021 Awardees

February 12, 2021

The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the LASA2021 awardees, which will be publicly congratulated by the LASA President, Gioconda Herrera, during the Welcome Ceremony of the Association's XXXIX International Congress LASA2021 “Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida” May 26­–29, 2021. 

Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship

Susan C. Stokes
University of Chicago

The Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship honors the distinguished career and pioneering intellectual leadership of the late Guillermo O’Donnell. This annual, Association-wide award and lectureship recognizes either outstanding scholarship in the field of democracy studies or particularly meritorious public service that promotes democracy and democratic values in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Dissertation Award

Gwen Burnyeat 
University of Oxford
Dissertation: The Face of Peace: Pedagogy and Politics among Government Officials in Colombia's Peace Process with the FARC-EP

Brenda Nicolás
Loyola Marymount University
Dissertation: Zapotec Generations Across Settler Colonial Borders: Gendering Belonging and Identity

Honorable Mention

Amy Kennemore
University of California, San Diego
Dissertation: The Search for Indigenous Justice in Plurinational Bolivia: Contested Sovereignties, Entanglement, and the Politics of Harm

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.

LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship

Dolores Juliano Corregido
Independent Scholar

The Memorial Lectureship award is given to an outstanding individual who embodies Professor Martin Diskin’s commitment to the 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.

Charles A. Hale Fellowship for Mexican History

Viridiana Hernández Fernández
University of California, Davis
Dissertation: Guacamole Ecosystems: Agriculture, Migration, and Deforestation in Mexico, 1934-2006

Honorable Mention

Israel Rodríguez 
El Colegio de México
Dissertation: El nuevo cine y la revolución congelada. Una historia política del cine mexicano en la década de los setenta

This fellowship will reward excellence in historical research on Mexico at the dissertation level. It will be awarded at each LASA International Congress to a Mexican graduate student in the final phase of his or her doctoral research in Mexican history, broadly defined. 

LASA Media Award

José Luis Sanz
Washington correspondent, El Faro

Luz Mely Reyes
Director and co-founder of the digital media Efecto Cocuyo

Honorable Mention

María Teresa Ronderos
Co-founder and director of Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística (CLIP)

The LASA Media Award is given every year to recognize long-term journalistic contributions to analysis and public debate about Latin America in the United States or in Latin America, as well as for breakthrough journalism.

LARR-University of Florida Article Award

Joseph M. Pierce
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Stony Brook University
Article: I Monster: Embodying Trans and Travesti Resistance in Latin America

The LARR-University of Florida Article Award is presented at each LASA International Congress to the best research article published by the Latin American Research Review (LARR) during the past calendar year. The award covers articles published by LARR in all disciplines and in any language. 

About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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