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Paul Avakian is a 2009 scholar award recipient for the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University, and a winner of Emerald Publishing’s 2010 award for excellence. His 2005 documentary, On The Fringes, has been adopted as a teaching resource by university Latin American Studies programs across the country. He has studied social revolution at the University of Havana and in Guatemala’s highlands. His essays and articles on Latin America have appeared in Foreign Policy Journal and Foreign Policy in Focus.