Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

2018 Sarmiento Research Awards Announced

March 12, 2018

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce that it has awarded four research fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students through the Sarmiento Flexible Fund for Latin American Studies, which was established through the generous support of Alfredo C. Cassiet, M.D. and Maria-Elena Cassiet.

The fund can be used to support Brown University faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students who engage in social science or humanities research on non-Caribbean Latin America south of Panama, focusing on the period after 1830. All recipients must be natives or residents of a Spanish-speaking country south of Panama (not including the Caribbean).

The four applicants selected for support in this year’s competition are graduate students Maria Florencia Chiaramonte (Hispanic Studies) and Janet Lopez (Economics), as well as undergraduate students Louis Epstein (Dev. Studies/LACA) and Alejandra Gatas Johnson (International Relations). Chiaramonte will perform research on the 19th century Argentinian newspaper, La Tribuna, diario de la tarde (1853-1884), and the publication of Eduardo Mansilla’s novel, Lucía Miranda, novela histórica, within it. Lopez will investigate the impact of early childhood centers in Salta, Argentina. Epstein will conduct research for La Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos in Mexico City. Gatas Johnson will investigate the impact of totalitarian regimes in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. These four scholars will share their research findings in Fall 2018 at the CLACS Graduate Student Research Showcase.

The Sarmiento Flexible Fund provides Latin American scholars at Brown a unique opportunity to return to their region to conduct work in the humanities or social sciences, thus enriching their projects. CLACS will publish a call for proposals for the 2019 Sarmiento Research Awards later this year. Brown faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate student who meet the above criteria are welcome to apply for up to $5,000 of support.