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Nominations Call for the 2022 LeoGrande Award & Prize

The School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University are pleased to announce the 2022 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 2022 Award and Prize will be accepted until January 31, 2023. 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 Recipient

Juliana Martínez, Associate Professor in American University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures, is the recipient of this year’s William M. LeoGrande Award for her extraordinary book, Haunting Without Ghosts: Spectral Realism in Colombian Literature, Film, and Art (University of Texas Press, 2020). 

Learn more about the book.

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.

This Year's Recipient

Vanessa Walker, the Gordon Levin Associate Professor of History in the Department of Latinx and Latin American Studies at Amherst College, is the recipient of the 2021 William M. LeoGrande Prize for her deeply researched and well-written book, Principles in Power: Latin America and the Politics of U.S. Human Rights Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2020). 

Learn more about the book.