The committee also awarded an Honorable Mention to Laura Macia-Vergara (Anthropology) for her dissertation, titled, “Dealing with Grievances: The Latino Experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.” The selection committee provided the following comments on the dissertation: “This dissertation expands current debates about legal pluralism by showing how migrant communities combine the legal system of the recipient society with their own norms to navigate social conflicts. The study adopts a broad understanding of grievances that transcends individual party disputes to incorporate diffuse offenses such as discrimination and bias. Macía-Vergara's work offers an excellent example of how to combine ethnographic work and quantitative analysis in order to understand hybrid normative systems.”Dr. Macia-Vergara currently serves as Project Coordinator in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. The PDF version of the dissertation can be viewed at: search.proquest.com/docview/1071287564
The Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Award was created to honor the life and work of Eduardo Lozano, who directed the Latin American collection at Hillman Library from 1967 until his death in August 2006 and developed it into one of the most outstanding collections of its kind in the world. Lozano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1925. In addition to being a distinguished librarian, he was a renowned painter and poet. The award is presented annually for the best doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh on a topic related to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latin American communities in other countries. The award is funded by annual contributions from the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and generous donations to the Eduardo Lozano Memorial Dissertation Award Fund.