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Scholarship Program


Dr. Richard Millet

September 25, 1938 - December 25, 2023


Dr. Richard L. (Dick) Millett

Dr. Richard L. Millett received his A.B. with honors from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He taught at Southern Illinois University from 1966 through 1999. He has also taught at the University of Miami, the Air War College, Saint Louis University, several universities in Colombia, and in Denmark. He held the Oppenheimer Chair of Warfighting Strategy at the U.S. Marine Corps University.

Millett has published numerous books on Latin America and his articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Winston Quarterly and numerous other professional journals. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Millett is vice president of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations St. Louis Committee and a member of the board of the American Committees on Foreign Relations.


He is also a board member and past vice president of the Inter-American Defense College Foundation. He has appeared on every major national TV network, testified before Congress on 19 occasions, and participated in election supervision in four nations.

The Dr. Richard (Dick) Millett Scholarship Program was established during the 2008 MALAS conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The program provides support to students participating at MALAS conferences and recognizes the authors of the best student papers by awarding the annual Dick Millett Award.

Student Papers Competition: Dick Millett Award

-- RULES --

  1. Student makes presentation during selected sessions at the annual MALAS conference.

  2. Student papers are submitted by regular mail or via e-mail as an attachment.

  3. A MALAS panel reviews submitted papers and determine student paper winners.

  4. The decision of the panel is final. 

  5. To be considered for prizes, written papers must be submitted no later than December 1 of each year.

  6. Student paper winners are so informed by the MALAS Secretary.

  7. Monetary prizes are awarded and have ranged from $50 to $100.

Student Papers Winners of the 

Dr. Richard Millett Award

(UG signifies undergrad, GRAD signifies graduate)

2023 – Samford, AL (73rd Conference)

Janaina Nagata Otoch (Against Primitivism: Reconsidering the Revista de Antropofagia)

2021 – Remote (71st Conference)


Emily Fitzgerald (Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville)

“Indigenous Women in Guatemala Organizing for Better Lives.”


Jeongwon Lee (Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Department of Latin American Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

The impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on Latin American Labor markets: Facing challenges of automation, digital  transformation and job polarization

Allen Juan Zegarra Acevedo (Portuguese and Spanish Studies, University of Florida)

“’Nuestros indios’: una visión inclusiva y descolonizadora de González Prada.”

2019 – Springfield, IL (69th Conference)


1st – Annie Wilkinson (University of California - Irvine)

Securing the Family: Securitization Narratives and Nested Empty Signifiers in Anti-Gender Advocacy in Mexico

2nd – Hoyoon Jung (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa)

Failed Nation-Building: The 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Olympics and the Rise of Civic Nationalism in Brazil

3rd – Ramiro Gutiérrez León (St. Louis University)

Después del Censo 2015: Invisibilidad y Exclusión de los Afromexicanos 

Honorable Mentions

Deborah Rebello Lima (UFRJ; Brazilian Federal Foundation for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education, CAPE)

Public Policies Regarding Communication and Culture: New Dialogues or Old Silences? Comparing the National Culture Public Policy Council and the Social Communication Council (Brazil/2003-2014)


Hannah Grace Morrison (The Ohio State University)

Masculinity as a Gender Construct in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Última


2018 – El Paso, Texas (68th Conference)



       Carlos Espina (Vassar College)

        On his collaboration with the Border Network for Human Rights in engaging the public and the media on family separation and child detention issues

            Chloe Compton (University of Illinois-Springfield)     

        Racial and Ethnic Equity in Cuba

            Conor McKenzie (University of Illinois-Springfield)    

       The Cuban Energy Crisis

            Payton Raso (University of Illinois-Springfield)          

       Bush, Obama, Trump, and Castro: Diplomacy in the Era of Terrorism




Chilton Tippin (University of Texas at El Paso)

Rethinking ‘border security’ in a time of environmental needs: A case for reprioritizing BECC and NADBank

            Martha Carolina Dávila Díaz (University of Texas at El Paso)

Necropolítica y cuerpo femenino en Fruta podrida de Lina Meruane

            Michelle Muñoz-Cisneros (University of Texas at El Paso)

Female Legislators and Bill Initiation Targeting the Indigenous Population’s Interests in the Mexican Legislature


2017 – St. Louis, Missouri (67th Conference)


              No award was given


2016 – St. Louis, Missouri (66th Conference)


GRAD        Giovanni Zimotti (University of Alabama)

                    Don’t Hide your Smartphone! Someone in Buenos Aires is Waiting for Us


2015 – Millersville, Pennsylvania (65th Conference)


UG      1st Erin Angelini (Lebanon Valley College)

             Creando comunidades imaginadas irlandesas en el espacio argentino


2014 – Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá (64th Conference)


No award was given 


2013 – St. Louis, Missouri (63rd Conference)


No award was given 


2012 – Louisville, Kentucky (62nd Conference)


GRAD     1st Kristi Phillips (New York University)

           The Politics of Empowerment: A Case Study on Asignación Universal por Hijo

                 2nd Mónica Jacobo-Suárez (University of Pittsburgh)

         New Destinations for Hispanic Immigrants: School and Student Determinants of Achievement in Pennsylvania Public Schools

               3rd Ivan Gabriel Villarroel (Georgetown University)

             El viaje de Julio Ramón Ribeyro, un hombre de frontera


2011 – Norman, Oklahoma (61st Conference)


UG           1st Jesús Alejandro Tirado Alcaraz (The University of Texas at Dallas)

             Presidential Election, Mexico: Testing the Consideration Sets Approach, Sub-national Party Strength and the IIA Assumption

                 2nd Rocio Del Aguila (The University of Texas at Austin)

               Cartas, recetarios, tertulias: Gorriti y la agencia femenina 

                  2nd Keith L. Kleszynski (University of Oklahoma)

               A Tradition Unlike Any Other: Latino Migrants and Futbol

2010 – St. Louis, Missouri (60th Conference)

UG      1st Moses Njeri (Principia College)
                       Latin American Politics: Democracy in Brazil 
2nd  Ifi Xifre Villar (Principia College)
                       Argentina: A Consolidated Democracy?

GRAD        1st Kristen Meylor (University of Pennsylvania)
                  La identidad híbrida de Beltrán Soler
              2nd  Nusta Carranza Ko (Purdue University)
       The Influence of International Migration on the Changes in National Identity: Lessons from Peru
           3rd Christina Heisser (Indiana University)
                        Defending the Delightful “Sabor Proviciana”

2009 – Dallas, Texas

UG      1st Michelle Decker (San Jose State University) 
              2nd  Rosa Macías (DePaul University)

GRAD        1st M. Dustin Knepp (University at Albany – SUNY)
             2nd Fabrizzio LoRusso
             2nd Julio R. Firpo (University of Central Florida)
             2nd Joshua Everett (Louisiana State University)    


2008 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

UG      1st Vanessa Cruz (DePaul University)
            2nd Mention Chelsea Kendrick (Principia College)

GRAD 1st Joshua G. LePree (Florida International University)
            2nd Mark De Loughery and Thomas Vangshardt
                  (Southern Illinois University Edwardville)
           3rd Dolores Lima (University of Maryland)

View the 2021 MALAS Conference

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