LASA’s President, Gerardo Otero, awarded with Canada’s highest academic honour

September 16, 2021

Gerardo Otero and other eleven Simon Fraser University scholars have been named to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)—nine of them as fellows of the society and two as members of the society’s College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists.

Gerardo Otero, President of the Latin American Studies Association (2021-2022), is a leading authority in the sociology of economic change and development, political sociology, and the political economy of food and agriculture. Author of Farewell to the Peasantry? he has provided an influential analysis of political-cultural class formation. His theory and empirical analysis of the neoliberal food regime and its diet informs policy and practice in global food security.

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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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