Tulane Scholars Awarded at LASA2024

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) held its LASA2024 Congress—Reaction and Resistance: Imagining Possible Futures in the Americas—from June 12 to 15 in Bogotá, Colombia. Tulane faculty and students participated in different sessions and events at LASA. Click here to see all the events.  

The LASA congress is also a time to recognize the scholars who are excelling in their field, and we are excited to share the news that Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow Olivia Cosentino, and Stone Center core Faculty, Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) affiliate, and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology Amalia Leguizamón were awarded in Bogotá.  

Olivia Cosentino, PhD, received the Early Career Award presented by the Film Studies section. Dr. Cosentino, a Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow since 2021, specializes in XX and XXI-century Mexican cinema and culture. She has published a co-edited book and several book chapters and articles in her career. Next semester, she is starting as Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of South Florida in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies. 

L-R: Carolyn Fornoff, Cornell University, and Olivia Cosentino, Tulane University, at the Film Studies section Award Ceremony.


Amalia Leguizamón, PhD, received an Honorable Mention for the 2022 Best Book Award of the Environment Section of the Latin American Studies Association for her publication Seeds of Power / Las semillas del poder. Injusticia ambiental en la Argentina sojera. Dr. Leguizamón has garnered significant recognition for her book. This accolade joins the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the Book Prize from the Global Development Studies Section at the International Studies Association received in 2022, when the book was first published. 


Additionally, Rachel Alyssa Schwartz, a former CIPR Post-Doctorate Fellow (2019-2020), was awarded the Donna Lee Van Cott Best Book Award 2023, Presented by the Political Institutions section, for her book “Undermining the State from Within: The Institutional Legacies of Civil War in Central America.” Dr. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on political violence and its legacies, human rights, peace building, and corruption in Central America.