March 6, 2017— University of Oregon professor Lynn Stephen, founding director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, was elected vice-president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for the term beginning June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. On June 1, 2018, she will assume the presidency of LASA for a 12-month period, until May 31, 2019. Dr. Stephen holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology.
“This is one of the highest honors for a scholar working on Latin America. This election is the culmination of Lynn’s many years of dedication and committment with LASA and the larger community of scholars, activists, and peoples in Latin America and the US,” reported Carlos Aguirre, UO Professor of History.
From the LASA website:
“The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 12,000 members, nearly 60 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.
“LASA’s mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas; to promote the interests of its diverse membership; and to encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.”