Defense, Public Security and Democracy

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Annual Report 2019

By: Maiah Jaskoski

1. Section Business Meeting

28 people attended the 2019 Section business meeting, in which the following items were addressed.

  • Successful completion of LASA 2019 Section panel, “Citizen Insecurity and State (In)effectiveness in Latin America”; and roundtable, “Delito organizado en Latinoamérica: Estado del arte y desafíos para la política pública de seguridad en democracias contemporáneas.”
  • Section account balance.
  • Greater Section visibility starting this past year: use of the LASA Section page for events and award announcements, Facebook group, Twitter account.
  • Selection of themes of LASA 2020 Section events: panel on conflict and post-conflict in Colombia and Venezuela; workshop on the militarization of security and securitization of the social agenda.

Preconferencia in Guadalajara the day before LASA 2020.

2. Honoring Section on Defense, Public Security, and Democracy 2019 award recipients:

  • Dr. David Pion-Berlin, University of California, Riverside, recipient of 2019 Alfred Stepan Lifetime Achievement Award in Defense, Public Security, and Democracy.
  • Dr. Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College, Columbia University, recipient of Best Paper Presented at LASA 2018 by a Junior Scholar Section Member, for “The Politics of Criminal Victimization: Pursuing and Resisting Power.”  
  • Laura Iesue, University of Miami, recipient of 2019 Graduate Student Travel Award, to present paper, “Insecurity and Migration under CARSI in the Northern Triangle.”
  • Maria-Fátima Santos, University of California, Berkeley, recipient of Runner Up, 2019 Graduate Student Travel Award, to present paper, “Brazilian Public Defenders in Action: Defending the Poor in the Shadow of Punitive Hyper-Incarceration.”

3. Planned 2020 Section awards:

Alfred Stepan Lifetime Achievement Award in Defense, Public Security, and Democracy; Best article or book chapter published by Section Member during 2019; Best Paper Presented at LASA 2019 by a Junior Scholar Section Member; Graduate Student Travel Award for travel to LASA 2020.

4. Election of new Section leaders:

Dr. Diego Esparza, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Texas, elected to serve two-year term as Section Co-Chair (2019–2020) and Chair (2020–2021); Dr. Arturo Sotomayor, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, elected to serve two-year term as a Section Councilmember (2019–2021).

5. The remainder of the Section leadership consists of the following individuals, who will complete their two-year terms in June 2020:

Dr. Rafa Martínez, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Barcelona, Section Chair; and Councilmembers Bertha J. García-Gallegos, Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Humanas and Directora del Programa Democracia, Seguridad y Defensa, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador; Dr. Samuel Alves Soares, Professor, Universidade Estadual Paulista; and Dr. Germán Flavio Soprano Manzo, CONICET/ Universidad Nacional de La Plata.