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Seligson Prize

2024 Seligson Prize . .

LAPOP Lab at Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Seligson Prize:

Lucas de Abreu Maia, Albert Chiu, and Scott Desposato

"No Evidence of Backlash: LGBT Rights in Latin America." 2023. The Journal of Politics 85 (1): 49-63.

The Seligson Prize is awarded annually to the best scholarship (paper, book, dissertation, or other scholarly work) using LAPOP’s AmericasBarometer data that was published or finalized in the prior two calendar years. The prize is named in honor of Mitchell Seligson, the founder of LAPOP and a pioneer in the study of public opinion in Latin America.

The 2024 award committee was comprised of Claudio Holzner of the University of Utah (chair), Sarah Berens of the University of Bremen, and Lucio Rennó of the University of Brasília.


Premio Seligson 2024

LAPOP Lab de Vanderbilt University se complace en anunciar a los ganadores del Premio Seligson de este año:

Lucas de Abreu Maia, Albert Chiu y Scott Desposato

"No Evidence of Backlash: LGBT Rights in Latin America." 2023. The Journal of Politics 85 (1): 49-63.

El Premio Seligson se otorga anualmente al mejor estudio académico (artículo, libro, disertación, u otro trabajo académico) que use datos del Barómetro de las Américas de LAPOP y que haya sido publicado o finalizado durante los últimos dos años calendario. El premio se otorga en honor a Mitchell Seligson, fundador de LAPOP y pionero en el estudio de opinión pública en América Latina.

El comité encargado de la selección del ganador 2024 estuvo conformado por Claudio Holzner de University of Utah (presidente), Sarah Berens de University of Bremen y Lucio Rennó de la Universidade de Brasília.


Past Recipients 


Jana Morgan and Nathan J. Kelly

Inequality, Exclusion, and Tolerance for Political Dissent in Latin America


Carew Boulding and Claudio A. Holzner

Voice and Inequality: Poverty and Political Participation in Latin American Democracies


Melina Altamirano, Sarah Berens, and Sandra Ley

"The Welfare State amid Crime: How Victimization and Perceptions of Insecurity Affect Social Policy Preferences in Latin America and the Caribbean." Politics & Society 46 (3): 389-422


Alisha Holland

"Diminished Expectations: Redistributive Preferences in Truncated Welfare States." World Politics 70(4): 555-594. DOI: 10.1017/S0043887118000096


Matthew Singer

"Delegating Away Democracy: How Good Representation and Policy Success Can Undermine Democratic Legitimacy” Comparative Political Studies 51(13): 1754 - 1788. DOI: 10.1177/0010414018784054


Samuel Handlin

Handlin, Samuel. 2016. "Mass Organization and the Durability of Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from Venezuela." Comparative Political Studies 49(9): 1238-1269. DOI: 10.1177/0010414016628186


Joby Schaffer and Andy Baker

Schaffer, Joby, and Andy Baker. 2015. "Clientelism as Persuasion-Buying: Evidence from Latin America." Comparative Political Studies 48(9): 1093-1126. DOI: 0010414015574881.