Marixa Lasso, Head of Research, Ministry of Culture, Panama
Katherine Marino, University of California, LA
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Marixa A. Lasso is the author of the books Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal (Harvard Press, 2019) and Myths of Harmony: Race and Republicanism during the Age of Revoltuion (Pittsburgh Press, 2007). She is a member of the editorial board of the Hispanic American Historical Review. She has written several books chapters and has written articles for journals like the American Historical Review, Environmental History and Citizenship Studies. She has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright and the Wenner Gren Foundation. During Fall 2016 she was the Sheila Biddle Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard. She has written opinion pieces for the Washington Post, El Espectador, La Prensa y la Estrella de Panamá. Currently, she is Head of Research at Panama’s Ministry of Culture.
Katherine M. Marino is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UCLA. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American history; histories of women, gender, sexuality, and race in the Americas; human rights; U.S. empire, and transnational feminism. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Women's History, Gender & History, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Her first book, Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (UNC Press, 2019), is a history of Pan-American feminism, a movement that promoted broad and innovative frameworks women's rights and international human rights, and ultimately helped to enshrine both in the United Nations Charter. The book received the Latin American Studies Association Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations, the WAWH Barbara "Penny" Kanner Award for best publication which illustrates the use of a specific set of primary sources, an Honorable Mention for the WAWH Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize for the best monograph in the field of history, and an Honorable Mention for the Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History for the most original book in U.S. women's and/or gender history (including North America and the Caribbean prior to 1776). The book is based on her dissertation that won the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation on U.S. women's history. She also received the 2020 Bertha Lutz Prize from the International Studies Association, awarded to a scholar conducting the highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy. Her work has received support from national organizations, including the Mellon Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences where she was a Visiting Scholar in 2015-2016.