Prizes & Awards

MACLAS offers a range of prizes & awards for excellence in scholarship and service.  Descriptions, deadlines & contact information for our 2020 prizes & awards are listed below.


Władysław Maryan Froelich Research Grant

Up to two $500 prizes awarded annually to faculty, professionals or independent scholars to carry out research or creative projects on any facet of Latin American culture, politics, and society. Submissions due January 13, 2020.  Send queries and submissions to committee members: 


Juan Espadas Prize

For best paper submitted to the MACLAS 2019 conference by an undergraduate student. Papers should be emailed to each of the committee members listed below.  The title of the prize should be included in the subject line, and the name of the student and institutional affiliation should be included in the body of the email.  Deadline: September 20, 2019.


John D. Martz III Prize

For best paper submitted to the MACLAS 2019 conference by a graduate student.  Submissions must be a final, polished version of the presented conference paper, and should include the appropriate citation styles for that discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago).   Papers should be emailed to each of the committee members listed below.  The title of the prize should be included in the subject line, and the name of the student and institutional affiliation should be included in the body of the email.  Deadline: September 20, 2019.


Harold Eugene Davis Prize

Awarded each year for best book chapter or article published in the previous two years by a member in good standing for the past two years.  Submissions due by January 13, 2020.  Send submissions electronically to each of the three committee members listed below.Questions can be addressed to the chair by email. 


Arthur P. Whitaker Prize

Awarded each year for the best book published in the previous two years by a MACLAS member in good standing for the past two years. Submissions due by January 13, 2020.  Send one copy of the book to all three committee members, soon to be listed below. Questions may be addressed to the chair by email.



Christina Turner Graduate Student Travel Award

To help graduate students attend this year’s conference. Apply by January 13, 2020. Send the paper title and abstract, a current C.V., travel budget, and a cover letter to committee chair Mirna Trauger, trauger@muhlenberg.edu.


Judy McInnis Distinguished Service Award

For dedicated service to MACLAS. To nominate someone, send a letter to committee chair María Roof, mroof@howard.edu, indicating the nominee and detailing the candidate’s service. Deadline: January 13, 2020.

The James Street Prize

This prize is awarded to the best peer-reviewed article published in MARLAS (Mid Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies) in the past two years (but as an exception for the 2020 prize, we will consider 2017-2019articles, that is, all three years MARLAS has been published so far).

NOTE: If the author(s) is/are running for Street Prize, they will not be considered for the Davis Prize. The MARLAS Editorial Board will nominate the top five articles to be considered by the MACLAS committee for this prize, by Jan. 13, 2020.

  • Melixa Abad-Izquierdo (Chair), Farmingdale State College, izquiem@farmingdale.edu

  • Jennifer Jolly, Ithaca College

  • Daniela Johannes, West Chester University.