Defense, Public Security and Democracy

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Awards

Call for Nominations For Section Award 2020 Now Open

Send the nominations to any of the four categories to Rafael Martínez ( and Diego Esparza ( These must be sent before November 15. For those who opt for the prize for best book chapter or best article, a pdf with the text must be attached along with the nomination.

Recipients of Section Awards:

Alfred Stepan Lifetime Achievement Award in Defense, Public Security, and Democracy:

2019: David Pion-Berlin

2018: Alfred C. Stepan (posthumously)

2016: Rut Diamint

2015: J. Samuel Fitch

Best Article or Edited Volume Chapter by Section Member

2018: Enrique Desmond Arias, for "Crime and Plural Orders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," Current Sociology, 65, no. 3 (May 2017): 448–465 (with Nicholas Barnes).

2016: Carlos Solar, for "Governance of Defense and Policy Making in Chile," Latin American Policy 6, no. 2 (December 2015): 205–225.

2015: Rafael Martínez, for "Subtypes of Coups d'état: Recent Transformations of a 17th Century Concept," Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals 108 (2014): 191–212.

2014: Maiah Jaskoski, for "Private Financing of the Military: A Local Political Economy Approach," Studies in Comparative International Development 48, no. 2 (June 2013): 172–195.

Best Paper Presented at LASA by Junior Scholar Section Member

2019: Eduardo Moncada, for "The Politics of Criminal Victimization: Pursuing and Resisting Power," at LASA 2018.

2016: Anjuli Ferreira-Fahlberg, for “When the Police Come to Town: Safety and Order in a Rio de Janeiro Militarized Community,” at LASA 2015.

2014: Natalia Vargas Palacios, for “The Democratic Insertion of Armed Forces.  The Process of Institutional Reforms in the Defense System; a compared proposal for measuring the quality of the democracy in the defense's partial regime,” at LASA 2013.

Travel Award for Graduate Student Section Member

2019: Laura Iesue

2018: Jennifer Peirce

2013: Magdalena Defort

There are no upcoming events posted at this time.