January 11, 2000 Lawrence Boudon Named Editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies

Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

H. Lawrence Boudon was appointed Editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, effective Jan. 3.

"Larry Boudon brings many strengths to this position," said Hispanic Division Chief Georgette Dorn. "His extensive knowledge of Latin American scholarship and his experience as a journalist make him ideally suited for this critical position."

The Handbook of Latin American Studies is the most authoritative annotated scholarly bibliography in area studies. It is compiled in the Hispanic Division with the collaboration of 130 scholarly contributing editors and published by the University of Texas Press. Two editions of retrospective conversion of volumes 1-55 of the Handbook, covering 1936-1996, were published by the Fundación Histórica Tavera in Madrid, Spain. Since 1997 the Handbook database has been available on-line through the Hispanic Division's Web page.

Boudon received his Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Miami's School of International Studies in 1997. His dissertation, "New Party Persistence and Failure: A Comparative Analysis of Colombia's M-19 Democratic Alliance and Venezuela's Radical Cause," won the 1998 John Barrett prize for the best scholarly work on a Latin American Topic.

He has written and published scholarly works on Colombian, Venezuelan and Mexican politics. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Colombia International and Contribuciones. Forthcoming articles will appear in Latin American Perspectives and the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Boudon also has reviewed books for CHOICE and the American Political Science Review. Moreover, he presented papers at numerous professional conferences, including the Latin American Studies Association congress, and at international seminars in Colombia and Venezuela.

Boudon has extensive teaching experience. He has taught in an adjunct capacity at George Washington University in Washington; George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.; the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia; and at Florida International University in Miami. In addition, he spent a year and a half as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Prior to his career as an academic, Boudon spent 5-1/2 years working as a journalist with Agence France-Presse in Washington. In the second half of 1999, he also worked as an editor with EFE News Service in Coral Gables, Fla.


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