The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 22nd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. It is a student-organized event where researchers can present their scholarly work involving social and public policy in Latin America. Our team is focused on assuring a high-quality and open environment for the exchange of ideas and the improvement of works in progress. This year's presentations will be organized around, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Social Issues and Public Policy: Economic development, health care, education, sustainability, climate change, energy, LGBT and gender studies, urban development, ethnicity, violence and crime, shadow economy, peace and conflict studies, social movements, lobbying and advocacy, policy formulation and implementation, technology, e-democracy, corruption and security.
- Political systems and institutions: Democratic challenges, political economy, state building, public opinion, social-military relations, civil society, political parties and movements, political history, legislative studies, judicial studies, electoral systems, parties and party systems, comparative politics, ideology and subnational politics.
We also welcome submissions from the perspectives of arts, humanities and cultural studies that are related to the topics mentioned above.
The LASPP Conference was first held in 1996 and has been held annually since then. It has been organized by the graduate students from the LASPP Graduate Certificate Program at CLAS at the University of Pittsburgh. We welcome all students, undergraduate and graduate, and faculty members who are enthusiastic about social and public policy in Latin America to submit paper proposals, panels, posters and participate in the conference. As every year, it is a great space for discussing the current issues in Latin America and get to know more friends and colleagues interested in the region.