Specialist in Latin American and Development Studies with over 28 years of policy development and practice, natural resource management, environmental planning and economics,project management, monitoring and evaluation experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Former career in development banking for 25 years and currently international consultant.
Tania Gentic is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a core faculty member of the Comparative Literature Program, with a focus on contemporary transatlantic studies. She is the author of The Everyday Atlantic: Time, Knowledge, and Subjectivity in the Twentieth-Century Iberian and Latin American Newspaper Chronicle (2013). The book explores theories of ideology, ethics, and affect in newspaper crónicas and blogs in Catalonia, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. Her current book project is on the role of sound in creating local and globalized identities in the literature and film of the contemporary Atlantic world. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on critical theory, as well as on 19th-21st century Peninsular and Latin American literature, culture, and film.
Dr. Girod is the author of Explaining Post-Conflict Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2015), and has published on international and comparative political economy in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Journal of North African Studies, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.
Dr. Hayes is Vice President of Evidence Based Research, Inc, a defense research consulting firm. From November 1997 to March 2004 she served as the first Director of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University. Dr. Hayes has specialized in U.S.-Latin American political economy and security issues throughout her career. Prior to assuming her position at CHDS, she led studies on U.S.-Latin American Naval and Air Force cooperation with Latin American countries for Evidence Based Research, Inc., and as a visiting fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses.
Kevin Healy has taught courses on indigenous movements in Latin America and also on drug trafficking in the Americas continuously since the late nineties. He has taught in the graduate schools of Georgetown, George Washington, American U. and Johns Hopkins (SAIS). Healy received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Development Sociology and has authored two books involving indigenous-related topics in Bolivia. He also has contributed chapters to journals and edited volumes on socio-economic development, drug trafficking, indigenous movements, grassroots development, and other related topics.
Professor Luis I. Jácome, an Ecuadorean national, was Former Governor of the Central Bank of Ecuador and Deputy Chief in the Monetary and Macroprudential Policy Division at the International Monetary Fund. Dr. Jácome has worked extensively with central banks worldwide, providing technical assistance on monetary and macroprudential issues to numerous emerging market countries, such as Argentina, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Oman, Vietnam, and Ukraine.
Diana Kapiszewski’s current work examines judicial politics and the uses of law in Latin America. One project analyzes institutions of electoral governance and another investigates informal workers€™’ use of legal strategies in the region; each focuses specifically on Brazil and Mexico. She has also co-edited Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In the area of research methods, Kapiszewski co-directs the Qualitative Data Repository and co-edits the new Cambridge University Press book series, “Methods of Social Inquiry”. She is also co-authoring Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and in 2013 was awarded the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section’s Mid-Career Achievement Award.
Gwen Kirkpatrick is a professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2004 and was a member of the Latin America Initiative Faculty Committee (2016-2017).
Barbara Kotschwar is an adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University, where she has taught courses on political economy and trade and integration in the Americas since 1998. When she is not teaching at Georgetown, she is a Senior Investment Policy Officer in the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank. In this capacity she provides technical assistance in investment policy to Member States and leads the investment policy and promotion (IPP) team work on international investment agreements, regional integration, and services.