Barrett Prize

The Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) and Latin American Studies Program (LASP) are pleased to offer the Barrett Prize for 2020, which is awarded to the doctoral student who has produced the best dissertation at the University of Miami in the past year on a topic related to any aspect of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Barrett Prize carries an award amount of $1,500. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 20, 2020 by 11:59pm EDT.


  • The dissertation must have been defended by present or former UM PhD student.
  • The dissertation must demonstrate substantial and innovative research on Latin America and the Caribbean in any field or discipline across the university.
  • The dissertation should have been successfully defended after the Graduate School spring semester 2019 deadline and by the spring semester 2020 deadline. 
  • The selection committee reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year.

Applications should include:

  • A nominating letter from the student's dissertation advisor
  • A one-page summary of the dissertation
  • A complete doctoral dissertation

Please send your full electronic application package in one single .pdf file to with the following reference line “Barrett Prize Application.” Please have your advisor separately submit a letter to with the reference line “Barrett Prize Recommendation.”

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sallie Hughes (

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  • 2019 Barrett Prize Recipient

    Johann Besserer - "NGOS and North/South Relations in Sustainable Development in the Galapagos Islands"

  • 2018 Barrett Prize Recipient

    Ashley Marchante-Hoffman - "Giving Voice to Foreign-Born Latinx Youth: Trauma and Health in Primary Care"

    Johna E. Rudzin - "The Influence of the Amazon-Orinoco River Plume on Hurricane Intensity in the Caribbean Sea"

  • 2017 Barrett Prize Recipient

    Diego Lugo - "Land Concentration and Land Grabbing in the Colombian Frontier"

  • 2016 Barrett Prize Recipient

    Amanda Hintzen - "A Sugarcane Immigration Status: The History of Statelessness in the Dominican Republic"