Research Associates




Jordan Bazak– George Mason University – Economics

Interests: Economics, indigenous people, Southern Cone, income equality





Philippe de Bonneval – University of Kentucky – International Relations and Commerce

Interests: Economics, Brazil, International Law, Human Rights, Development





Brandon Capece  George Washington University International Affairs, Minors in History and Spanish

Interests: Argentina, Populism, Paramilitary Groups, Energy Issues, Chinese/Russian/Latin American Relations



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Alejandra Castillo – Andrews University – English Literature Pre-Law

Interests: Human rights activism, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and international development.





Austin Downs  University of California Santa Cruz  Political Science and Education

Interests: Economic integration, international relations, education, human rights, U.S. Intervention



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Sarah Faithful – University of Calgary- Civil Engineering and Economics

Interests: Macroeconomic relations, business economics, social economics, infrastructure budgets and planning.



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Malone Gabor – George Washington University – International Affairs and Spanish

Interests: International Relations, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Drug Policy.






Jordy Garcia – University of California Riverside – Political Science and International Affairs


Interests: International relations, poverty reduction, education reform, developing a middle class.





 Debora Iozzi – Luiss University – International Relations


 Interests: International Relations, Cuba, energy issues,      Democratization process, conflict resolution, Latin America/E.U.





Melanie Landa  Florida State University – Political Science and International Affairs

Interests: Venezuela, human rights, feminism, youth development, security, civil society.



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Brian LauNew York University- Politics

Interests: Immigration into the U.S., human rights, climate change, LGBT rights





Vincent Lofaso  Manhattan College  Political Science and Spanish

Interests: Southern Cone Countries, Foreign Policy, U.S./Latin American Relations, Brazil, Chinese influence, and Colombia Policy.




Peter Miraglia  George Washington University  International Affairs and Economics, concentrating on International Development

Interests: Southern Cone, economic development, Paraguayan Politics, human     rights, regional macroeconomics.




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Natalie Piri– Kingston University- International Relations

Interests: Border Security, human rights violations, international relations and linguistics.                        




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Laura Sholtz– American University – International Studies

Interests: Brazilian Politics, South American Trade Agreements (MERCOSUR), Peru, Mineral Extraction, Refugees & Displaced Groups.



Extramural Research Associates



Aléxia Fernandes
Esther Fuentes
Ian Gustafsson
Edwin Nieves
Laura Planas Gifra – Georgetown University – International Law

Interests: Human Rights, Transitional Justice, International Migration, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela




Joseph Green – Universidad de Buenos Aires – Public Finance


Interests: Southern Cone, Colombia, Local Economic Development, US Intervention