Meet the new representatives of the Executive Council

March 27, 2024

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 2024 after LASA’s International Hybrid Congress LASA2024, which will be held June 12-15, 2024. 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 graduate student, the person in this position is in charge of representing the student membership of the Association and shall serve in that capacity for a term of two years. The two members of the Executive Council shall be elected for a term of three years. 

Vice President / President Elect

Max Cameron
University of British Columbia, Canada

Student Representative

Veronica Valencia Gonzalez
University of California/Irvine, USA

Executive Council Members

José Edgardo Cal Montoya
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala

Cristián Opazo
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Election Results

Vice Presidency / Presidency Elect

Max Cameron 51%

Lidia Maria Vianna Possas


Student Representative

Veronica Valencia Gonzalez 58%
Mishella Romo Rivas 42%

Executive Council 

José Edgardo Cal Montoya 18.0%
Cristián Opazo 17.5%
Sophie Esch 17.4%
Elisabeth Jay Friedman 16.6%
Eduardo Silva 16.5%
Ulla Berg 13.7%

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