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Nominations Call for the 2021 LeoGrande Award & Prize

The School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University are pleased to announce the 2021 competition for the William M. LeoGrande Award and Prize for the best book or peer-reviewed article in Latin America or Latino Studies published by a member of the American University Community and the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations respectively. Nominations for the 2021 Award and Prize will be accepted until January 31, 2022. For more information, please click on the announcements below:

About the Award and Prize

The William M. LeoGrande Award and the The William M. LeoGrande Prize were established in 2012 to honor William M. LeoGrande's tenure as Dean of American University's School of Public Affairs from 2003 to 2012. The endowed award was made possible through the financial support of alumni, friends, and colleagues of Professor LeoGrande.

One of the world's most accomplished scholars in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy, Professor LeoGrande continues to serve as a Professor of Government at American University. He has written five books, including Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana. Most recently, he was co-editor of A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations: Social, Political, and Economic Implications.

Professor LeoGrande has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, and a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs. His articles have appeared in various international and national journals, magazines, and newspapers.

The William M. LeoGrande Award

In 2012, the School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies established the William M. LeoGrande Award for the best book or article in Latin American or Latino Studies published by a member of the American University community. The $2,000 award is given annually to the author of a book or article published during the preceding two years.

This Year's Recipients 2020 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipients

Matthew Taylor, Associate Professor in American University’s School of International Service, is a co-recipient of this year’s William M. LeoGrande Award for his book Decadent Developmentalism (Cambridge University Press, 2020). For more information, view the media announcement.

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Luciana Gandini, Research Fellow in American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, and Senior Researcher in the Institute of Legal Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is a co-recipient of this year’s William M. LeoGrande Award for her book Caravanas (UNAM, 2020), co-authored with Alethia Fernández de la Reguera Ahedo and Juan Carlos Narváez Gutiérrez. For more information, view the media announcement.

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Caravanas Book Presentation

June 16, 2021 | Event recording

Together with the Seminario Universitario de Estudios sobre Desplazamiento Interno, Migración, Exilio y Repatriación (SUDIMER), Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, and Laboratorio Nacional Diversidades, all of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CLALS participated in a presentation of Caravanas, winner of the William M. LeoGrande Award 2019-2020 and co-authored by CLALS Research Fellow Luciana Gandini.

Participants included CLALS Director Eric Hershberg, Research Associate Professor Robert Albro, and CLALS Faculty Affiliate Ernesto Castañeda-Tinoco.

The William M. LeoGrande Prize

In 2012, the School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University established the William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations. This $1,000 prize is awarded annually to the author or editor of a book published in Spanish, English, or Portuguese during the preceding two years.

Due to significant logistical challenges introduced by the Covid-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision not to hold a 2020 competition for the William M. LeoGrande Prize, awarded annually for the best book on U.S.-Latin American Relations. However, we have issued a new call for nominations for the Prize in 2021, for which books published in both 2020 and 2021 will be eligible.