Dissertation Awards

2023 ALAA Dissertation Award Winner

Erika Lucía Escutia Sánchez, “Poseer e inventar: los objetos y la interpretación de las prácticas estéticas americanas en las casas reales europeas (1493-1565)” (2021). Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

2023 ALAA Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Benjamin O. Murphy, “Second-Order Images: Reflexive Strategies in Early Latin American Video Art” (2021). Princeton University


Past Dissertation Award Recipients


Competition for the 2023 Dissertation Award

The Association for Latin American Art is pleased to announce the biennial award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Latin American visual culture. Dissertations deposited between July 2020 and June 2022, on any aspect of the visual culture of Latin America are eligible, and they may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Dissertations in languages other than these may be considered based on prior consultation with Patrick Hajovsky, the chair of the Dissertation Award Committee. 

Self-nominations will be accepted, but all submissions must include a letter from the doctoral advisor describing the dissertation’s contributions to the field. These letters, which should include the nominee’s current contact information, must be sent by September 1, 2022, to the chair of the award committee. Nominees and nominators are not required to be members of the Association for Latin American Art. Should an applicant be deemed eligible, PDF copies of the dissertation must be e-mailed to all three members of the committee by October 15, 2022.

A dissertation advisor who wishes to nominate more than two candidates must consult with the chair of the award committee. Nomination letters should be sent to Patrick Hajovsky (hajovskp@southwestern.edu).

This Award is generously funded by Susan Verdi Webster.

Dissertation Award Committee
Patrick Hajovsky, Chair, hajovskp@southwestern.edu
Adam Jasienski, ajasienski@mail.smu.edu