Posted: November 14, 2008
Lowell Gudmundson, professor of Latin American studies and history, has been nominated as one of two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), the professional organization of U.S. historians of Latin America.
If elected, Gudmundson will be the first faculty member from a liberal arts college to hold the position in the history of CLAH, which was founded in 1927. The winner of the contest will be announced at the annual meeting in January in New York City and will serve two years as vice president of the organization, followed by two years as its president. The other nominee is Cynthia Radding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gudmundson is considered a leading figure in the fields of agrarian and social history in Latin America. His research and teaching have focused on Central America, Afro-Latin America, coffee, and rural history. His work has won support from the Ford and Tinker Foundations, the Social Science Research Council, the Howard Heinz Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program. His books, in both Spanish and English editions, include: Between Race and Place: Blacks and Blackness in Central America (forthcoming), Coffee, Society, and Power in Latin America (1995, 2001), Central America, 1821-1871 (1992, 1995), Costa Rica before Coffee (1986, 1990), and three edited collections on social history topics published in Costa Rica in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gudmundson has held editorial board appointments with major journals in the field, such as the Americas, the Revista de Historia, and the Hispanic American Historical Review.