Our department's congratulations go to Professor Megan Ybarra, whose book Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest, won the 2019 Cultural and Political Ecology Outstanding Publication Award at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference in Washington, D.C.! As profiled in this article on the website for the UW Center for Human Rights, the book "examines how environmental projects have contributed to the criminalization and displacement of Q’eqchi’ Maya communities in lowlands Guatemala. Ybarra demonstrates how international conservation efforts reinforce narratives stigmatizing indigenous communities as 'migrants,' 'invaders,' and even 'narcos' on their own territories." The blog for the University of California Press, the publisher of Green Wars, writes: "The award is made for a single publication that is clearly innovative and has the potential to be seminal in areas of research that are important to members of the Specialty Group. The intent is to recognize authors at any stage in their careers who demonstrate leadership through broadly influential, critical, innovative thinking."
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