Research Fellows

Senior Research Fellows

Dr. Roland Benedikter

COHA_SRF_Roland_BenedikterDr. Roland Benedikter is a European Public Intellectual, Political Scientist and Sociologist serving as Research Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Benedikter holds two doctorates from the Free University of Berlin and one from the University of Innsbruck. He is also a Full Academic Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., as well as a Trustee of the Toynbee Prize Foundation in Boston. Furthermore, he serves as an Affiliate of the Edmund Pellegrino Center of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and as a Full member of the Club of Rome. Previously he served as Research Affiliate (2009-2013) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He has authored more than 200 publications which have been translated into seven languages. He has been writing for Foreign Affairs, Harvard International Review (where he is member of the Advisory Board), Global Policy, The National Interest, European Foreign Affairs Review, New Global Studies, and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs. He is a frequent commentator for the German newspaper Die Welt Berlin and the international commentary magazine, The European. He is co-author of two Pentagon and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff White Papers on the ethics of neurotechnology and neurowarfare (February 2013 and April 2014) and of Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker’s Limits of Privation (Report to the Club of Rome, 2003).

 Dr. James A. Baer

COHA_SRF_James_BaerJames Baer is a professor of history at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He received a Fellowship for College Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities, served as the Virginia Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor, and was awarded the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for best article by the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS). Dr. Baer is the author of several articles on Argentine social history. He co-edited Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930, with Ronn Pineo, another COHA Senior Research Fellow. His book, Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina, published by the University of Illinois Press, is a transnational study of anarchists and their impact on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Baer is currently working with a Cuban scholar on a study of Protestant groups in Cuba and their unique relationship with the United States.

 Dr. Sean Burges

Sean W. Burges holds a Ph.D. in Politics & International Studies from the University of Warwick, England. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on Brazilian foreign policy, inter-American affairs, and emerging market countries (BRICs) in world affairs, with special reference to trade and foreign aid. He is the author of Brazilian Foreign Policy After the Cold War (University Press of Florida, 2009), and has published on Brazil, inter-American affairs, and democratization in International Relations, Third World Quarterly, The Bulletin of Latin American Research, The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy, International Journal, and The Cambridge Review of International Affairs, as well as in edited volumes with Johns Hopkins University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. His news and editorial contributions have been made to Swiss National Radio, the BBC World Service, The National Post, Miami Herald, Journal of Commerce, Financial Post, Washington Post, Washington Times, Maclean’s, Brazil Magazine, FOCAL Point, and Military Review. Burges is currently working on the tension between the OECD member countries and BRIC countries in the new international economic and aid governance order, as well as an extended research project on the state-business nexus in contemporary Brazilian development policy.

Terrence E. Paupp J.D.

TerreCOHA_SRF_Terry_Pauppnce E. Paupp is an international law and human rights scholar.  He holds a (BA) degree from San Diego State University, a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of San Diego School of Law. As a globally recognized legal scholar, Paupp has published over 3,000-pages of articles and books on international law, civil and human rights, peace studies, and international relations.  Employing an interdisciplinary approach to global problems, peace-studies, and region-building in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, he has contributed critical analysis and solutions to the problems of exclusionary states versus inclusionary states, poverty, wealth inequality and disparities, illegal hegemonic interventions — as well as the role of the United Nations, NGOs, and human rights organizations and scholars in providing alternatives to the status quo. Paupp’s published books include the following: Achieving Inclusionary Governance: Advancing Peace and Development in First and Third World Nations (Transnational Publishers, Inc., 2000); Exodus From Empire: The Fall of America’s Empire and the Rise of the Global Community (Pluto Press, 2007); The Future of Global Relations: Crumbling Walls, Rising Regions (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009); Beyond Global Crisis: Remedies and Roadmaps by Daisaku Ikeda and his Contemporaries (Transaction Publishers, 2012); Redefining Human Rights in the Struggle for Peace and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Robert Kennedy in the Stream of History (Transaction Publishers, 2014).  Currently, he is working on a new book entitled, From Regional Peace to Global Peace: The ASEAN Security Community as a Model for Advancing Asia-Pacific Security, Region-Building, and Nuclear Weapon Free Zones (NWFZs).  Also, he is currently working on a new book entitled, Latin America beyond Hegemony: The Collapse of Neoliberal Domination and the Rise of Social Justice Movements and Inclusionary States.

 Dr. Ronn Pineo

pineo-150x200Dr. Ronn Pineo earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Irvine. Since then he has written two books: Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers and Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in Guayaquil, 1870-1925. He also worked as contributing co-editor for Cities of Hope: People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930 with another COHA Senior Research Fellow, James Baer. Currently, a professor and chair of the History Department at Towson University, Dr. Pineo teaches in a wide variety of areas, including Latin American History (modern, colonial, Pre-Colombian), Andean History, Mexican History, and the History of Disease. He is a Fulbright recipient, giving him the opportunity to work abroad in Mexico, Ecuador, and Perú. Currently, he is studying the history of cigarette smoking in Latin America in preparation for his next book.

 Dr. Lynn Holland

COHA_SRF_Lynn_HollandLynn Holland received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and teaches at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver where she specializes in international political economy and Latin American Studies. She has written on violence and conflict in Central America, land rights in rural areas of Honduras and Peru, authoritarianism in Honduras, the politics of deportation in the U.S., and the origins and transnational impacts of the war on drugs. Her research has taken her to Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Bolivia and Peru. Her articles have appeared in Contemporary Justice Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, International Affairs Forum, Carnegie Ethics Online, Foreign Policy in Focus, and History News. Her courses include International Political Economy, Political Economic Development in Latin America, Democracy and Militarism in Latin America and Illicit Markets in the Americas. She is an editorial member of the recently founded Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security, a faculty fellow at the Human Trafficking Center at JKSIS, and member of the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC). She was the recipient of the Ruth Murray Underhill Teaching award in 2011.

Wendy Raymont

Wendy Raymont is a trained lawyer, mediator, and researcher. Early editing experiences include researching and editing the law section of TIME Magazine and spending more than a decade as legal adviser to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, drafting, editing, and reviewing legislation and agency testimonies. More recently, Ms. Raymont updated and edited the English translation of The Web of Corruption by Transparency International founder Peter Eigen. Currently, in addition to her COHA affiliation, she is editing a non-fiction book about a notorious early 20th century madame. On the international and non-government organization front, from 2007 to 2009 Ms. Raymont practiced law at Coudert Fréres in Paris and served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Transparency International in Berlin on anti-corruption and governance issues in Latin America. Later she also provided guidance on the Organization of American States on coalition-building among national and international NGOs, multilateral institutions, and the private sector. Ms. Raymont has traveled extensively in the United States, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She has lived and worked abroad in Mexico, Israel, Paris, and Berlin for extended periods of time. Ms. Raymont is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School.

 Dr. Odeen Ishmael

Portrait-2Dr. Odeen Ishmael, Ambassador Emeritus and historian, served as Guyana’s ambassador to the United States (1993-2003) while simultaneously functioning as his country’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), to which he was Chairman on two separate periods. He was also ambassador to Venezuela (2003-2011) and to Kuwait (2011-2014). In addition, he has represented Guyana at the United Nations, in the Summit of the Americas process (up to 2003), and at the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Between 2003 and 2011, Dr. Ishmael served as the head of Guyana’s delegation to the Caracas-headquartered Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), eventually being elected as its Chairman (2009-2010). He was awarded one of Guyana’s highest honors, the Cacique Crown of Honor (1997), and the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service (2002). Some of his authored books include: The Democracy Perspective in the Americas, The Guyana Story – From Earliest Times to Independence, and The Trail of Diplomacy – The Guyana-Venezuela Border Issue.

Louise Højen

Louise HøjeBio_LHn specializes in Development and International Relations focusing on Latin American affairs. She is currently finishing her Master of Social Science at Aalborg University in Northern Denmark and holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies from the same university. She is a dedicated philanthropist and supporter of Fundación Internacional Tierra Fértil (FUNTIFER), a small NGO working in the slums of Bogotá, Colombia to enhance the lives of numerous internally displaced persons. In 2013, she spent 2 months working voluntarily for AIESEC at a public school in Usme, a poor neighborhood in Bogotá, where she met FUNTIFER’s founder. She has since then worked closely with the NGO and raised thousands of dollars for them. Louise is also a former Research Associate at COHA and has published several articles during her time in Washington, D.C. As an emerging academic, she holds a broad field of interests related to Latin America. Furthermore, she is especially attentive to human rights violations, the repression of freedom of speech, and geopolitics. She is currently writing her MA thesis on the U.S. sanctions of December 2015 against Venezuelan officials.

William Camacaro
Originally from Venezuela, William studied at Queens College where he obtained two masters degrees- one in Fine Arts and another one in Latin-American Literature. He is the co-founder and coordinator of the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York and is an artist, radio host at pacifica network WBAI New York, and activist in New York City.
Dr. Kirwin Shaffer
KirkShafferDr. Kirwin Shaffer is Professor of Latin American Studies at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Kansas (1998). Dr. Shaffer is dedicated to researching the transnational anarchism in the Americas. In 2005, he published his book Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University Press of Florida). In 2013, he published Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 (University of Illinois Press).  In 2015, he co-edited another book with Geoffroy de Laforcade, titled In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History (University Press of Florida). Dr. Shaffer is currently writing a book on anarchist networks in the Caribbean region, including Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States.
Dr. Steven J. Hirsch
Picture 014Dr. Steven J. Hirsch is a Professor of Practice in the International and Area Studies Department at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Latin American History at George Washington University. Dr. Hirsch’s research focuses on Latin American populism and neopopulism, and, anarchism, labor, and politics in Peru and the Andean region. His recent publications include: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Post-Colonial World, 1870-1940, 2nd edition (2013); “Anarchism, the Subaltern, and Repertoires of Resistance in Northern Peru, 1898-1922,” in No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms (2015); and “Anarchist Visions of Race and Space in Northern Perú, 1898-1922,” in, In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History (2015). Dr. Hirsch’s forthcoming publications include: Study, Organize, Rebel: Anarchism and the Struggle for Working-Class Emancipation in Perú, 1898-1932,” and, Anarchists, Marxists, and Nationalists in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870s-1940s: Antagonisms, Solidarities, and Syntheses, co-edited with Dr. Lucien van der Walt.

Research Fellows

Richard Cores
weyAs one who travels to Cuba and other Latin American countries often, Mr. Cores possesses a unique perspective and strong desire to help establish stronger ties between our government and those of Latin American countries.  He supports a U.S. policy toward these countries based on mutual respect, while fostering constructive dialogue with their governments for the sake of bringing stability and prosperity to the region.  Mr. Cores also shares COHA’s goal of promoting a humanitarian focus on Western Hemisphere studies.  He has continued to promote awareness on issues within Latin American countries that can be improved as a result of better policies by the United States toward those nations.Richard Cores was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He attended Florida International University (FIU) where he majored in International Relations and minored in Psychology.  He later earned his Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs from Norwich University in Vermont.  In late 2014, Mr. Cores completed an assignment at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in New York, where he covered the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.  During that time, he actively participated in intergovernmental deliberations and inter-agency meetings within the United Nations related to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  He also did substantive work on matters related to international trade and development; information and technology; debt sustainability and development strategies.  Mr. Cores has also worked in administrative positions within various law firms, NGOs, and governmental agencies.  His interests vary widely, and include development, international law, human rights, democracy, education, environmental issues and technology.

Clément Doleac

Image perfilClément Doleac is a French citizen and worked for the Council on Hemispheric as Research Associate from October 2014 to February 2015 and as Research Fellow since then. He is also working with the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) since April 2015. He graduated from the Université Lumière Lyon 2, in France, in June 2012 with a Master Degree in Political Sociology and from the Institut d’EÉudes Politiques in Grenoble, in France, in September 2014, with a Master Degree in International Relations/Latin American Studies. During his studies, he has focused on security issues and the fear of crime in Mexico and in Colombia, two countries he lived in for nearly three years. He also studied Western Hemisphere cooperation and diplomacy and relationship between the Western Hemisphere and the European Union. Clément has an interest in Latin American affairs, foreign policy, civil and human rights, as well as sustainable development and climate change issues. Prior to joining Rights and Resources, he worked at the French embassy in Mexico, the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., as well as the international security firm Geos, in Mexico. Clément is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

Michael Wilson

MSW 2015 headshotMichael S. Wilson is a Mexico City native and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focuses on peace and conflict in Latin America. He is also a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Relations and a Ph.D. Fellow at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. As an undergraduate, Wilson was a co-host of a news radio show, student body president, and News Editor of the campus newspaper. He is currently living in Peru and conducting long-term, immersive fieldwork for his dissertation and a documentary film. His research centers on extractive industries, social movements, indigenous and rural communities, the meanings of political violence, nonviolent resistance, and the politics of media. While he has studied the Andes and Amazon most intensely, he has researched several other countries in the region and conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica, Guyana, and Mexico. Some of his academic and journalistic works have appeared in COHA, the North American Council on Latin America Report on the AmericasWaging NonviolenceHuman Rights ReviewAlterNet, TikkunCounterpunch, and others. Please send comments or queries via WordPress, Academia, Vimeo, Instagram,Facebook, or Twitter.

Gvaram Khandamishvili

GVARAM_USGvaram Khandamishvili joins the Council on Hemispheric Affairs as a career diplomat, having previously served at the Georgian embassies in Sweden and México. Since August 2014, Gvaram has been a Head of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Department of Americas, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Gvaram joined COHA as a result of the good offices of the U.S. State Department’s Professional Fellows Programme, administered by the Washington-based American Councils. Gvaram’s primary areas of interests in the hemisphere have been longstanding and include relations between the United States and México, US policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as security and drug issues in Central America. Regional integration mechanisms in the Western Hemisphere are also a subject of his interest.