LASPP Conference Program

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

March 29 - 30, 2019

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.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

12:30 p.m., Location TBA

The Institute for Humane Studies Pre-Conference Talk: “State owned enterprises in Latin America: old problems, new solutions.”

Aldo Musacchio

Associate Professor of Business in the International Business School (IBS) at the Brandeis University; Chair of the Undergraduate Business Program; Program Director of the Master’s in International Economics and Finance; and Director of the Brazil and Latin America Initiatives.

This talk was made possible through a partnership between Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Humane Studies (

Friday, March 29th, 2019

12:30 p.m., Location TBA

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

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

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

12:00 p.m., Location TBA

Special Roundtable: The Challenges of the Policy Cycle in Brazilian Politics

Carlos Pereira: Full Professor at the Brazilian Public and Business Administration School, Getulio Vargas Foundation

Barry Ames: Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Pittsburgh

B. Guy Peters: Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh

Relevant dates:

  • Abstract submission is now closed
  • Deadline for full paper submission: March 1, 2019
  • Pre-conference Talk: March 19, 2019
  • Conference: March 29 and 30, 2019

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

Program and schedule of events forthcoming.