Congratulations to the LASA2023 Awardees

March 6, 2023

The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the LASA2023 awardees, which will be publicly congratulated by the LASA President, Margarita López Maya, during the Welcome Ceremony of the Association's XLI International Congress LASA2023 “América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos” May 24-27, 2023. 

Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship

Terry Karl
Stanford University 

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

Diana Dajer
Fundación Corona
Dissertation: Pathways to inclusion and exclusion: an analysis of Medellin's participatory budgeting process (2004-2017) 

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

Anthony Bebbington
Clark University and Ford Foundation

Jenny Pearce
London School of Economics 

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

Martha Liliana Espinosa Tavares
Duke University
Dissertation: The Science of Family Planning: Mexico’s Demographic Explosion, Contraceptive Technologies, and the Power of Expert Knowledge

Honorable Mention

Jorge Iván Puma Crespo 
University of Notre Dame
Dissertation: La única línea correcta: La historia transnacional de Política Popular, 1968-1979

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 Jasán Nieves
elToque and Colectivo +Voces

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

Magdalena Gil
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Article: Disasters as Critical Junctures: State Building and Industrialization in Chile after the Chillán Earthquake of 1939

Honorable Mention

Oliver Wilson-Nunn
University of Cambridge
Article: Pedagogy Behind and Beyond Bars: Critical Perspectives on Prison Education in Contemporary Documentary Film from Argentina

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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