Faculty Spotlight

Murillo Is Honored by Argentina for Collaborative Work Abroad

By Giulia Campos MIA '24
Posted Mar 23 2023
Maria Victoria Murillo (center) received a 2022 RAICES Award from Argentina’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

SIPA’s María Victoria Murillo, a professor of political science and international and public affairs, was recently honored by Argentina’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation with a 2022 RAICES Award in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The awards, now in their 11th year, are given to “scientists, researchers, and technologists from Argentina who live abroad and actively collaborate with the strengthening of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation.”

Murillo, who is also director of Columbia’s Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS).was honored for her work investigating political economy, electoral behavior, institutional weakness, and public policy in Latin America. Her most recent work focuses on agrarian conflict and the political economy of land conservation.

The political scientist joined three fellow RAICES Award recipients for the March 16 ceremony at the Cultural Center of Science in Buenos Aires.

Daniel Filmus, Argentina’s minister of science, technology and innovation, was on hand to salute the honorees.

“We are proud of the work of each and all of you, you represent part of the best of our science,” he said. “This is a country that recognizes the best that it has, and that is the quality of research and development of our people, and you represent that. Thank you very much with all my heart, because our country needs it and today it recognizes it.”

In remarks prepared for the ceremony program, Murillo said:

“I want to thank and recognize that my career is the result of Argentine public education from elementary school to university and particularly from the UBA where I built networks of colleagues, co-authors and friends who continue to accompany me. Thank my family and my mentors, who taught me the importance of training the next generations and to keep my roots in Argentina while extending my networks in the region and in the US. I highlight the work of the social sciences to understand the challenges of our societies increasingly complex and being one of the first graduates of Political Science from the UBA, I want to emphasize the importance of networks to connect methodological developments and theoretical, which are crucial for scientific development on a scale, without losing the contextualization so that the knowledge is applicable.”

Some of the material used in this story has been translated from the original Spanish via Google.