Meet the five new representatives of the Executive Council

May 10, 2019

The Latin American Studies Association announces the newly elected members of the Executive Council. We are grateful for all the members that voted and congratulate the new elected representatives.

The officials shall take their responsibilities on June 1st 2019 after LASA’s International Congress in Boston, M.A., which will be held May 24th – 27th. The elected persons will be part of the Executive Council, which is responsible for overseeing the interests of the Association.

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Latin American Studies Association establishes that the Vice President shall serve in that capacity for the term of one year, and upon completion, she/he shall become the President during the next year. Subsequently, the president shall remain on the Executive Council as a voting member for one additional year.

As for the treasurer, the person in this position is in charge of the financial oversight of the Association’s affairs and shall serve in that capacity for a term of three years, including a transition year. The members of the Executive Council shall be elected for a term of two years.

Vice President / President Elect:

Gioconda Herrera
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Ecuador


María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo
New York University, United States

Executive Council Members:

Clara Arenas
Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala (AVANCSO)

Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé
Universidad Nacional de Colombia 

Suyapa Portillo-Villeda
Pitzer College, United States

About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to