University of Pittsburgh
October 28, 2015

Pitt’s Aníbal Pérez-Liñán Named Editor-in-Chief of Latin American Research Review

The journal is under the umbrella of the largest professional association for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America

Katie Fike


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PITTSBURGH—Aníbal Pérez-Liñán has been named editor-in-chief of Latin American Research Review, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean. His position is effective Jan. 1, 2016. Pérez-Liñán will supervise issues published after 2016.

Pérez-Liñán is a professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He also is a member of the core faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies within Pitt’s University Center for International Studies.Aníbal Pérez-Liñán Photo Credit: Nicolas Savine

“We are proud of this new partnership and excited to host the Latin American Research Review at Pitt,” said Ariel Armony, senior director of international programs and director of UCIS. “As the official scholarly journal of the Latin American Studies Association, with an international membership of over 12,000, LARR is an influential publication that shapes academic debates worldwide as it features the work of established senior scholars, while fostering the work of up-and-coming junior researchers. Dr. Pérez-Liñán’s new role as editor-in-chief of LARR will further the role of the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in exceptional research initiatives that are sure to make a global impact.” 

The Latin American Studies Association is the largest professional association for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. Nearly 60 percent of LASA’s members reside outside the United States. Traditionally housed by Pitt, the association will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The University has never hosted the journal, which is in the process of converting to an electronic-only publication.

“I am honored to become the eighth editor of LARR, just fifty years after its foundation,” said Pérez-Liñán. “Pitt is a focal point for Latin American studies worldwide and is a natural home for this journal. The new editorial team is committed to preserving LARR as the top interdisciplinary journal for studies of Latin America and to taking LARR into a new era marked by digital technology and open-access publications.”

Pérez-Liñán’s research on Latin America focuses on democratization. He cowrote Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was awarded the 2014 Donna Lee Van Cott Best Book Award from the Political Institutions Section of LASA.

Pérez-Liñán joined Pitt as a faculty member in 2001 after earning his doctorate that year at the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a distinguished research affiliate of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1993 from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Aníbal Pérez-Liñán Photo Credit: Nicolas Savine