It is with great pleasure that CALACS announces the recipient of the 2015 CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Award:
Simon Granovsky-Larsen, PhD
“Within and Against the Market. The Guatemalan Campesino Movement Under Neoliberal Peace.”
Department of Political Science
Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Short
The purpose of the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize is to provide recognition to a young scholar who has significantly advanced our understanding of Latin America or the Caribbean.
Dr. Granovsky-Larsen’s thesis rose to the top due to his impressive fieldwork as well as its exceptional clarity and the confidence and maturity with which he engages with social theory. In addition, Dr. Granovsky-Larsen’s writing skills are exceptional and a consequence of his deep knowledge of the case study, his privileged access to key decision makers and his mastery of the relevant academic and policy literature. The author was able to grab his reader’s attention from the first page, telling us not only why his study matters but also its relevance for Latin American studies as a whole. Therefore, the committee believed that Granovsky-Larsen’s dissertation significantly advanced our understanding of Latin America/Caribbean studies.
The Outstanding Dissertation Prize will be awarded to Dr. Granovsky-Larsen at a ceremony at the 2015 CALACS Congress, which will be held at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose from July 8-10.