Professor Paul Dosh and Julia Smith ’11 win research award.  At the 2014 meeting of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists, Dosh and Smith’s paper, “Metropolitan Mayors Against Neoliberalism?  Urban Development and the Left in Lima and Mexico City,” received the Kersten Professional Research Award for the paper best contributing to new knowledge of Latin America. 

Professor Eric Carter wins book award.  Professor Carter’s book, Enemy in the Blood:  Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina, has won the 2013 Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental history, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History.  

2013 LAS Departmental Award Winners.  The winner of the 2013 Latin American Studies Award for Excellence and Innovation is Caroline Davidson ’13.  The winner of the 2013 James B. Stewart Award for Engaged Scholarship in Latin American Studies is Isela Gomez ’13.  Felicitaciones Caroline and Isela!

Congratulations to campus award winners Isela Gomez ’13 and Rebecca Jackson ’13, recipients of the 2013 Presidential Leadership Award.

Rebecca Jackson ’13 presented her senior capstone paper “Broadcasting Decolonization: Community Radio in El Alto, Bolivia” at the International Latin American Studies Student Association conference in Austin, Texas. The paper was well-received and Rebecca was proud to represent the Macalester LAS department at the conference.

Professor Lara Nielsen published a new book Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations, coedited with Patricia Ybarra (Brown University, 2012). LAS Professor Molly Olsen contributed an article to the volume


New award created to honor Professor Jim Stewart.  The LAS program is delighted to announce the creation of the James B. Stewart Award for Engaged Scholarship in Latin American Studies.  This award recognizes a Latin American Studies student with a demonstrated commitment to the integration of scholarship and community engagement.  The award honors the work of Emeritus History Professor Jim Stewart, founder of Macalester’s Latin American Studies program and an expert on the processes and politics of conquest, labor systems, and slavery in the Americas.  In 2010 he founded Historians Against Slavery, a 21st century abolitionist group dedicated to harnessing historical knowledge to combat modern slavery.

2012 LAS Departmental Awards Announced.  The inaugural winner of the Latin American Studies Award for Excellence and Innovation is Katy Henderson ’12.  The inaugural winner of the James B. Stewart Award for Engaged Scholarship in Latin American Studies is Diego Melo ’12.  Felicitaciones Katy and Diego!

Kaitlyn Henderon ’12 and Robert Strickling ’12 presented papers at University of Texas at Austin, at the Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association conference.  Henderson presented “Designating Citizenship: Collective Identity and Black Nationalism in Post-Emancipation United States and Cuba.”  Strickling presented “Coordination, Cash, Capacity, and Citizens: Political Obstacles to Electrical Grid Modernization in the Americas.”  In June 2012, Strickling also presented his research at the European Consortium for Political Research, in Exeter, England.

Congratulations to Diego Melo ’12, whose paper “Toward a Theory of Peripheral Welfare Development: Social Policy Legislation in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela” has been selected as the second place winner of the Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition Committee.

Congratulations to campus award winners!  Diego Melo ’12 is a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Leadership Award and Wayne Lee ’14 is a recipient of the Dean of Students award!

LAS hosted journalist Benjamin Dangl, who gave a Feb. 7, 2012 guest lecture, “Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America.  Read the MacWeekly story on Dangl’s visit.

Professor Ernesto Capello published a new book “City at the Center of the World” (2012).

Diego Melo Ascensio ’12 wins PPIA fellowship to attend the University of Michigan’s Junior Summer Institute in Public Policy and International Affairs.

Professors Ernesto Capello, Paul Dosh, and Molly Olsen receive Presidential Initiative for Curricular Renewal grants to expand Latin American Studies course offerings. In Fall 2011, the PICR grants will support Dosh’s “Latin American Politics” (Lati 245), Capello’s “The Amazon: A Cultural History” (Lati 294), and Olsen’s “Mapping the New World: Exploration, Encounters and Disasters” (Lati 416).

Leif Johnson ’11 and Julia Smith ’11 present Honors theses at the University Texas, at the Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association conference. Johnson presented “Concientización: Framing Processes and Mobilization in the Migrant Solidarity Movement,” which challenges traditional social movement theory by examining the role of ideas through the case of No More Deaths, an immigrant solidarity organization. Smith presented “Situación Gravísima: The Essential Role of Education in the Microfinance Strategy,” which examines the impact of neoliberal policies on the success of microfinance, arguing for the role of education in diminishing negative impacts.

Students bring United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez to Macalester. Marichel Mejia ’11, Camille Cauchois ‘13, Caroline Davidson ‘13, Isela Gomez ’13, Andrea Jackson ’13, and the rest of Adelante brought Rodriguez as the Latin@ Week keynote speaker. Adelante’s connection with Rodriguez began with Mejia’s grant-funded internship with the UFW, which led to her LAS capstone and a successful effort to raise $10,000 to support farm worker organizing.

Professor Lara D. Nielsen presented research titled “Love and War in 1965,” for the Latino/a Focus Group panel, “Between Affect and Friction: Latino/a Performance and the American Public Sphere,” at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education national conference, held in Los Angeles, August 2010. Forthcoming in a book chapter, the project examines the affective complexities of national and transnational affiliation in the performances of Dominican peloteros in the US.

xxNicole Kligerman ’10 and Paul Dosh publish a bi-lingual photo essay about women leaders in Bolivia and Ecuador.