Facundo E. Salles Kobilanski — 2019 Kenneth Sherrill Prize Recipient

The American Political Science Association (APSA) will present the Kenneth Sherrill Prize to Facundo E. Salles Kobilanski at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and source for emerging scholarship in the discipline.  The $200 prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) topics.

Facundo E. Salles Kobilanski is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he is affiliated with the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP).  He studies comparative politics, public opinion, and political behavior, with a regional focus on the Latin American region.

Facundo has published a co-authored article in the Journal of Politics, and has extensive experience in survey fieldwork research in Africa and Latin America.  Before starting his Ph.D., he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.A. from Torcuato di Tella University.

Here is what the Award Committee had to say about their decision:

By unanimous agreement, the committee for the 2019 Kenneth Sherrill Prize for the best dissertation proposal in the empirical study of LGBT Politics is delighted to award the prize to Facundo E. Salles Kobilanski for his proposal entitled Out for Office, Out in Office: Public Opinion Towards Openly Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Politicians in Brazil.  Facundo’s dissertation will use a sophisticated, mixed method approach to examine how public opinion towards openly lesbian, gay and bisexual politicians in Latin America has developed over time and how such views shape these candidates’ electability.  Facundo begins by utilizing data from the AmericasBarometer to trace the change in public opinion towards LGB candidates in the region over time and explores the extent to which party affiliation as well as the religious identity of candidates mitigates negative attitudes towards such candidates.  Facundo next turns his attention to LGB candidates in Brazil where rich electoral data from Brazil’s state elections allow him to explore how and under what circumstance public opinion hinders the election of LGB candidates.  He further uses an original survey experiment to test the effect that these candidates’ religious affiliation has in mitigating negative attitudes towards LGB politicians.  Finally, Facundo uses a qualitative case study of LGB incumbents in Brazil to explore how LGB stereotyping is applied to incumbent politicians.  Through this rich research design Facundo’s dissertation will help to move the focus of contemporary research on LGBT politics in Latin America from the substantive representation of policy outcomes to the descriptive representation of LGB politicians and the barriers they face towards gaining public office.

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