The Latin American Studies Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Guillermo O’Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship to honor 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. The recipient is invited to give a keynote lecture at each LASA Congress at which the award is made.
In the case of academic recipients, the award and lectureship recognizes original research that is based at least in significant part on qualitative research methodologies that demonstrate the award recipient’s personal familiarity with Latin America and the Caribbean. In the case of public figures, the award and lectureship gives international recognition to an individual who has made notable contributions to the advancement of democracy and the promotion of democratic values in her or his native country. Award and lectureship recipients need not be LASA members.
A nomination packet should include a substantive nomination letter (no longer than one page in length) by a LASA member and a current CV of the nominee. Nominations should be sent directly to the LASA Secretariat to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21, 2017.
Members of the 2018 selection committee are: Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell (Co-Chair), Notre Dame University; Kevin J. Middlebrook (Co-Chair), University College London; Alberto Olvera, Universidad Veracruzana- Mexico; Leonardo Avritzer, Federal University of Minas Gerais-Brazil; Manuel Antonio Garretón, Universidad de Chile y Frances Hagopian, Harvard University.