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Seligson Prize

The Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University announces a competition for this year’s Seligson Prize.

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.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 award. Nominated works must make extensive use of AmericasBarometer data and have a publication date in 2017 or 2018, either in print or online. All are welcome to nominate or self-nominate a scholarly work for consideration by emailing a copy of the work to The 2019 award committee is comprised of Samuel Handlin of Swarthmore College (chair), Rosario Queirolo of Universidad Católica del Uruguay, and Luis Schiumerini of University of Notre Dame.

Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

We expect to announce the winner of the 2019 Seligson Prize in May. The winner will receive $250.

Past Recipients 


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.