Congratulations to the LASA2019 Awardees

January 11, 2019

The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the LASA2019 awardees, which will be publicly congratulated by the LASA President, Lynn Stephen, during the Welcome Ceremony of the Association's XXXVII International Congress “LASA2019 Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion” in Boston, USA / May 24 - 27, 2019.

Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship

Evelyne S. Huber
Morehead Alumni Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John D. Stephens
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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. 

Premio Iberoamericano Book Award

María Dolores París Pombo
Departamento de Estudios Culturales, Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Book: “Violencia y migraciones Centroamericanas en México”

Honorable Mention

Jens E. Andermann
Department of Spanish & Portuguese, New York University
Book: “Tierras en trance. Arte y naturaleza después del paisaje

The Premio Iberoamericano is presented at each of LASA’s International Congresses for the outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in Spanish or Portuguese in any country.

LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Dissertation Award

Daniel Ruiz-Serna
Anthropology, McGill University
Dissertation: "When Forests Run Amok. War and its Afterlives in Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Territories” 

Honorable Mention

Laura Bernal-Bermúdez
 Sociology, University of Oxford
Dissertation: “The Power of Business and the Power of People: Understanding Remedy and Business Accountability for Human Rights Violations-Colombia 1970-2014.”

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

José Alberto Idiáquez, SJ
President Universidad Centroamericana de Nicaragua

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

Abraham Trejo Terreros
El Colegio de México
Dissertation: "Vigilar a los Coyotes en la zona fronteriza: Ilegalidad y corrupción en los servicios de migración de México y Estados Unidos, 1900-1964"

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. 

Howard F. Cline Book Prize In Mexican History

Ben Vinson III
Case Western Reserve University
Book: “Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico”

The Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History is presented at each LASA International Congress to the author of an outstanding book of major importance to the development of the field of Mexican history, published in English or Spanish.

Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award

Tore C. Olsson
History, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Book: “Agrarian Crossings: reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside”

Honorable Mention

Kathryn A. Sikkink
Harvard University
Book: “Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century”

The Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award is presented at each LASA International Congress to the author(s) of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations published in English, Spanish or Portuguese in any country.

Bryce Wood Book Award

Susan H. Ellison
Anthropology, Wellesley College
Book: “Domesticating Democracy: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia” 

Honorable Mention

Ana R. Minian
History, Stanford University
Book: “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration”

At each International Congress, the Latin American Studies Association presents the Bryce Wood Book Award to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.

LASA Media Award

Patricia Nieto Nieto
Journalist and Colombian chronicler.  Professor of social communication and journalism at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín.

Honorable Mention

Nelly Luna Amancio
General Editor and Co-founder of OjoPúblico

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-Pitt Best Article Award

Eli Carter
Assistant Professor of Portuguese at University of Virginia

Article “Representing Blackness in Brazil’s Changing Television Landscape: The Cases of Mister Brau and O Grande Gonzalez” 

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 lasa@lasaweb.org.