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Baruch College Professor Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to Study Latin American Constitutional Law

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Professor Alfonso Quiroz will compare constitutions among Spanish-speaking countries during the next academic year.

New York, NY – Jun. 25, 2008 – Professor Alfonso Quiroz is adding yet another prestigious honor to the long list of awards that he has received during his professional career—a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.

Quiroz, who has been a professor at Baruch's Weissman School of Arts and Sciences' Department of History since 1994, teaches courses about the history, economy and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Constitutional debates in the Hispanic World," his Guggenheim project, will compare key principles from the constitutions of Spanish-speaking countries, beginning from when they were first drawn up to how they are currently being implemented. "I explore problems associated with constitutional fragility, resistance to reform, and economic development," said Quiroz, who plans to write a book on the topic after spending the 2009-2010 academic year traveling to Latin American countries, and Spain and Cuba.

The Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded in two categories: Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada, and citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean, the prize awarded to Quiroz. More than 516 candidates applied under the Latin American title this year, and only 35 were awarded.

Some of the other awards that Quiroz has received include a Fulbright scholarship, CUNY Collaborative Incentive Award, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Relations Grant, Robert S. McNamara Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Center fellowship.

Simon and Olga Guggenheim established the Guggenheim Foundation in 1925 as a tribute to their son, who had died unexpectedly at the age of 17. During his lifetime, Simon was a Republican senator from Colorado as well as the president of the American Smelting and Refining Company. He died in 1941.

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