Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Jeffrey Pugh has received the Section on Migration and Citizenship's Best Conference Paper Award for the paper titled, “Markers of Difference and their Effect on Political Strategies in the Context of Invisibility: Colombian Forced Migrants in Ecuador." This award recognizes the best conference paper presented at the 2013 American Political Science Association (APSA) meeting on the topic of migration and citizenship.
The award committee was especially impressed by the usefulness and originality of the central concept developed throughout the paper, the "invisibility bargain." The committee also said they appreciated the careful attention to the ways in which exclusion is achieved through informal social exchange and to how migrants exert agency through strategic interactions with the society and state. The paper illustrates how the tenuous position of forced migrants in Ecuador is constructed from multiple angles.
Pugh has recently joined the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance. He earned his PhD studying international relations and comparative politics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His dissertation on peacebuilding and human security in Ecuador earned him the 2011 Peace & Justice Studies Association Best Graduate Dissertation of the Year Award.
He has published articles on peacebuilding and political negotiation in Latin America and his essay on “Vectors of Contestation: Social Movements and Party Systems in Ecuador and Colombia” earned him the James Street Prize for best article published in Latin American Essays during 2008.
For the past eleven years he has served as the executive director of the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict, an organization he founded based in Ecuador and the United States. which has trained more than 4,000 adults and children from more than 15 countries with lessons on conflict resolution, human rights, communication, and leadership.
Pugh has earned numerous teaching fellowships as well as research and travel grants to support his teaching at The Johns Hopkins and global scholarship in Africa and Latin America.