Harvard Kennedy School Professor Elected VP of Latin American Studies Association

December 12, 2011
By Jenny Li Fowler

Merilee S. Grindle has been elected Vice President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Merilee S. Grindle is the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development and currently the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She is a specialist on the comparative analysis of policymaking, implementation, and public management in developing countries, with particular reference to Latin America. Grindle has authored of a number of books and written numerous articles about policy management and the political economy of reform.

Grindle will serve her yearlong term as vice president starting June 1, 2012 - May 2013. She will then serve as president the following year, with a year of service as the immediate past president in 2014.

LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

Founded in 1994, the DRCLAS works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRCLAS's main office is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Harvard University. DRCLAS also has offices in Brazil and Chile.

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Merilee S. Grindle is the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development and currently the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Grindle has authored of a number of books and written numerous articles about policy management and the political economy of reform.