The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) was founded in 1969 with the following purposes in mind:

  • To facilitate networking and information exchange among persons, in Canada and abroad, engaged in teaching and research on Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To foster especially within Canadian universities, colleges, and other centres of higher education, the expansion of information on and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
  • To represent the academic and professional interests of Canadian Latin Americanists.

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CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2016 Winner Announced

It is with great pleasure that CALACS announces the recipient of the 2016 CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Award:

Agustín Alonso Goenaga Orrego. Ph.D.

“The Social Origins of State Capacity: Civil Society, Political Order and Public Goods in France (1789-1970) and Mexico (1810-1970).” 2015.

Dept. of Political Science
University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Maxwell A. Cameron, UBC

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. Goenaga’s Ph.D. thesis is outstanding in both scope and depth. In terms of scope, his study is broad, owing to an impressive comparative analysis of France and Mexico, with overarching significance regarding revolution and political economies for all of Latin America. In terms of depth, his study is remarkable due to the complexity and theoretical sophistication of his methodology, coupled with the rigor of his extensive field research. In terms of originality,


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