McPherson earns Delpar Award Honorable Mention

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Dr. Alan McPherson of Temple University earned honorable mention in the Helen Delpar Award competition for his article entitled “Sub-Perpetrators in the Chilean Security State.”

The committee notes McPherson’s article “examines the ‘doers’ of state violence but who had no role in the larger decision-making process. Looking at the assassination of Orlando Letelier, a Chilean exile in Washington DC. In 1976 by the Pinochet government by members of DINA, or the Chilean secret police. Working with materials in Chile and the United States, McPherson argues that ground-level realities of foot soldiers was disillusionment and shame for their past actions. Readers will enjoy a complex, subtle, and engrossing reading.”

The Helen Delpar Award for Best Article in The Latin Americanist is given annually to the best article published in SECOLAS’ journal The Latin Americanist in the year preceding the annual meeting.

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