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MARTIN DISKIN Dissertation Award Call for Nominations

Deadline: September 21, 2017

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.

The award will be presented to an advanced doctoral student or recent Ph.D. All advanced Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate that they will complete their dissertation prior to the LASA International Congress. LASA limits recent Ph.D. recipients to those individuals who received their degrees after the LASA Congress prior to the one at which the award is to be received. LASA welcomes dissertations written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

The Award Committee will evaluate three criteria: (1) overall scholarly credentials, based upon the candidate’s curriculum vitae; (2) the quality of the dissertation writing, research, and analysis as determined by the dissertation outline and sample chapter submitted; (3) the primary advisor’s letter of recommendation. The definition of activist scholarship shall remain broad and pluralist, to be discussed and interpreted by each selection committee.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae; a dissertation abstract of 250 words; the dissertation outline or table of contents; one sample chapter, which exemplifies the author’s approach to activist scholarship; and a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s primary advisor which focuses explicitly on the candidate’s qualifications for the Martin Diskin Dissertation Award.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the LASA’s Secretariat at: and received by September 21, 2017. The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award recipient will receive a $1,000.00 stipend. LASA encourages wide distribution of this call for nominations to colleagues and students. The award will be announced at the LASA2018 Awards Ceremony, and the awardee will be publicly honored.

The 2018 selection committee consists of: Martín Benavides (Chair), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Jo-Marie Burt, George Mason University; Kevin Healy, OXFAM America and Daniel Mato, UNTREF-CONICET.

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