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Seligson Prize

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

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 48 (3): 389-422.

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 2021 award committee was comprised of Jana Morgan of the University of Tennessee (chair), Natália Bueno of Emory University, and Germán Feierherd of the Universidad de San Andrés.


Past Recipients 


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.