And the 2019 AAG Publication Award goes to … the Conference of Latin American Geography

withClagscholarThe Conference of Latin American Geography (CLAG) is the premier organization for geographers engaging in research in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The purpose of this group is to foster research, education, and service related to Latin American geographical studies.

CLAG has published various books, proceedings, and special publications, as well as its flagship journal, Journal of Latin American Geography (JLAG).  This is the only geographic publication dedicated to research in Latin America and the Caribbean.

CLAG owns and publishes JLAG in collaboration with Louisiana State University and the University of Texas Press.  The main tasks associated with this journal are completed by CLAG including accepting and reviewing submissions, editing and proofing.  This is time-consuming work but the membership of CLAG believe that it is worth doing and doing well. CLAG’s dedication to a high-quality journal is reflected in every issue, which contains peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of human and physical geography of Latin America.  Each issue also features shorter essays on current events and book reviews.

JLAG is truly international as its authors come from North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and its readership is global.  Because of this unique aspect of the journal, articles and abstracts are published in several different languages including English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese.  In 2017 the digital edition of JLAG logged nearly 29,0000 article views on Project MUSE alone with over 20,000 views of older articles through JSTOR and other resource outlets.CLAG receives revenues from the journal both print and digital versions and a large portion of these proceeds are used for travel and research grants to support graduate students working in Latin America.  The biennial international conference hosted by CLAG also receives support from the JLAG proceeds to help offset costs.  In 2018, for the first time, CLAG collaborated with AAG’s Latin American Specialty Group to sponsor the noted Cuban agroecologist Fernando Funes Monzote as the inaugural “Annual JLAG Lecture” at the AAG Annual Meeting.JLAG is one of the highest-ranking journals that focuses on Latin American studies.  Google Scholar ranked it sixth among these journals with an h-5 score of 11, placing it higher than other notable journals such as HAHR: Hispanic American Historical Review, and journals that are published by larger, multidisciplinary organizations such as Latin American Research Review.

In sum, CLAG’s dedication and stewardship of JLAG has established it as a premier journal of Latin American studies.  The publication is of high quality and internationally known.  The revenues generated by this publication are used to support student research and travel as well as other quality endeavors that advance CLAG’s mission.It is for these reasons that CLAG is being awarded the 2019 AAG Publication Award.

via AAG is Proud to Announce the 2019 AAG Honors – AAG Newsletter.

November 11




Full Rainbow Over Our House


Finally got my ORCID

LSU’s Budget Disaster, 2009-2018


Since 2009, Louisiana government has cut direct state funding to LSU in half, when adjusted for inflation. The video of the board meeting that the above table comes from is below. Watch the video to get the full story on how Louisiana’s politicians are destroying LSU.

One point from the video, massive salary compression due to few, low, and sporadic raises since 2008 has put average faculty salary nearly 14% behind peer universities and created enormous inequities in salary distributions within and between ranks, leading to low morale, persistent frustration, and increasingly making LSU a poaching ground for other universities looking to hire experienced, accomplished professors. At one point we went four straight years without a raise. It’s gotten so bad, tenured associate professors are taking jobs elsewhere as tenure-track assistant professors. And they are getting higher salaries! Professors are getting close to the point where they too will be able to get positions elsewhere at the rank of assistant or associate professor at a higher salary than they get at LSU as a professor, after already having gone through tenure and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor and then professor over the course of a dozen years. The only thing delaying an exodus is that most other states have been hit nearly as hard as Louisiana, a few even just as hard, in terms of higher education budget cuts, meaning the job market for profs is still soft except for entry level and contingent positions. But other states are reinvesting in higher ed and increasing tuition faster. Look out!

It’s great to see LSU leadership arguing hard throughout the video to convince the Board of Supervisors to approve a $282 student fee to help to reverse that destructive trajectory. Even with that additional fee, the cost to attend LSU remains super low relative comparable universities because in Louisiana politicians must approve any tuition increases, unlike almost any other state. (These are the same politicians, of course, who are always urging LSU to run itself like a business.) Fortunately, universities can unilaterally increase fees.

Best quote from the video: “We’ve utterly failed as a state when it comes to higher education.” See the previous blog post for more ways that Louisiana is a failed state. Despite massive defunding over the past decade, LSU remains one of the few success stories in a state where the bar is very low. LSU has survived thus far mainly for this reason. But the politicians seem to be working hard to destroy LSU just like they have every other state institution.