Meet the new representatives of the Executive Council

May 24, 2023

The Latin American Studies Association announces the newly elected members of the Executive Council. We are grateful for all the members that voted and congratulate the new elected representatives.

The officials shall take their responsibilities on June 1st, 2023 after LASA’s International Hybrid Congress LASA2023, which will be held May 24-27. The elected persons will be part of the Executive Council, which is responsible for overseeing the interests of the Association.

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Latin American Studies Association establishes that the Vice President shall serve in that capacity for the term of one year, and upon completion, she/he shall become the President during the next year. Subsequently, the President shall remain on the Executive Council as a voting member for one additional year.

As for the treasurer, the person in this position is in charge of the financial oversight of the Association’s affairs and shall serve in that capacity for a term of three years, including a transition year. The two members of the Executive Council shall be elected for a term of three years. 

Vice President / President Elect

Javier Guerrero
Princeton University, USA


Mónica Espinosa Arango
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Executive Council Members

Julieta Suarez-Cao
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Xóchitl Bada
University of Illinois/Chicago, USA

Election Results

Vice Presidency / Presidency Elect

Javier Guerrero 54%

Amy Lind



Mónica Espinosa Arango 64%
David Smilde 36%

Executive Council 

Julieta Suarez-Cao 26%
Xóchitl Bada 22%
April Mayes 17%
Emilio Crenzel 15%
Jocelyn Olcott 11%
Jurgen Buchenau 8%

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.

If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to