2016 Daniels Award
- By A. Elizabeth Wilkins
The Robert V. Daniels Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of International Studies was created in the spring of 2004 to honor Robert V. Daniels, of the UVM History Department. Dr. Daniels was a Russian specialist, Chair of the History Department from 1964-1969 and Founder and Director of the UVM Area Studies Program from 1962-1965. He remained immensely productive even after retiring in 1988, publishing seminal books on the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalin, and the end of the Communist era. Dr. Daniels passed away in 2010 but his legacy at UVM endures.
The winner of the 2016 Robert V. Daniels Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education is Professor Luis Vivanco of the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Vivanco is a cultural and environmental anthropologist who also serves as the co-director of the Humanities Center at UVM. He served as founding director of the Global Studies Program—when it transitioned from the previous Area and International Studies Program—from 2009-2014. He also helped to found UVM’s semester study abroad program in Oaxaca and has led several other faculty-led study abroad programs since 2000 and has contributed to many of UVM’s other internationalization efforts. He also served as the Director of the Latin American Studies Program from 2001-2006. He also helped to introduce the “Great Decisions” Program to UVM with John Sama and currently coordinates the Integrated Social Science Program for first year students.
Dr. Vivanco has held Fulbright Scholar awards in Costa Rica (2004) and Colombia (2014). Two of his books—Green Encounters: Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica and Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing—are both based on long-term fieldwork in Latin America. He has also served as the PI on the US Department of Education “NAFTA Mobility Grant Program” between 2010-2014. Dr. Vivanco has also served as an Advocacy Board Member, Indigenous Tourism Rights International (2001-6) and more locally is a board member of Local Motion.