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23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to 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. Following the multidisciplinary tradition of CLAS, we are interested in facilitating dialogue across disciplines, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies. In that spirit, we encourage the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies. We are particularly—but not exclusively—interested in the discussion of policy design, implementation, and impact in the following areas:

Economic development, inequality and social inclusion, democratic governance and institutional change, human rights, health, education, LGBTQ and gender studies, ethnicity, race studies, ecocriticism, urban development, violence and crime, conflict resolution, social movements and political parties, technological innovation, political behavior, Latinx politics, elites, public administration, and corruption and transparency.

The Seventeenth Carmelo Mesa-Lago Distinguished Latin American Social and Public Policy Keynote Speaker for this year is:

Dr. Aníbal Pérez-Liñán

Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Research Review; and Co-editor, Kellogg Series in Democracy and Development

Relevant dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: January 18, 2019
  • Deadline for full paper submission: March 1, 2019
  • Conference: March 29 and 30, 2019

Please submit your abstracts/papers below.

John Frechione Travel Award

This award is named after Dr. John Frechione (Ph.D., Anthropology and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1981; and CLAS Associate Director [1987-2015]). Dr. Frechione retired in 2015, after 32 years as a CLAS staff member. However, he remains an active supporter of CLAS and its activities. This award bears his name in recognition of the worthwhile support that he has contributed to CLAS—and especially to students—over the years.

This award will cover lodging for the duration of the conference (starting March 28, 2019). Please state whether or not you would like to be considered for the award when submitting your abstract. For additional information, contact the organizers at

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