Congratulations to the LASA2022 Awardees

March 14, 2022

The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the LASA2022 awardees, which will be publicly congratulated by the LASA President, Gerardo Otero, during the Welcome Ceremony of the Association's XL International Congress LASA2022 “Polarización socioambiental y rivalidad entre grandes potencias” May 5-8, 2022. 

Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship

Maxwell A. Cameron
University of British Columbia

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

Sol Pérez Jiménez
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Dissertation: Procesos históricos de territorialización de la corporación minera Grupo México, 1889-2019

Honorable Mention

Nora K. Rivera
Chapman University
Dissertation: The Rhetorical Mediator: Understanding Agency in Indigenous Translation and Interpretation through Indigenous Approaches

Jorge Ramirez-Lopez
Dartmouth College
Dissertation: Indigenous Worldmaking in a World of Crisis: Race and the Making of the Migrant Circuit between Southern Mexico and the US/Mexican Pacific Coast, 1968-1994

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

Arturo Escobar
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aviva Chomsky
Salem State University

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

Angélica Márquez-Osuna
Harvard University
Dissertation: Colonized Bees on the Tropical Frontier: Beekeeping and Modern Apiculture in the Yucatán Peninsula, Cuba and Florida, from 1760-1940

Honorable Mention

Diana Alejandra Méndez Rojas
Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora
Dissertation: Modernizar la agricultura, movilizar las ideas: trayectorias de los becarios en ciencias agrícolas de la Fundación Rockefeller en México, 1940-1980

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

Mariana Carbajal
Página 12, Argentina

Honorable Mention

Ismael Moreno Coto
Radio Progreso, Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC), Honduras

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

Vanesa Miseres
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Spanish, University of Notre Dame
Article: Materiales de viaje: La función de los objetos en las fotografías, ensayos y diario personal de Alice Dixon Le Plongeon en Yucatán

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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