Core Faculty

Vivaldo Santos

Vivaldo A Santos

Associate Professor; Director of the Portuguese program; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spanish

Vivaldo Andrade dos Santos is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He is currently the Director of the Portuguese program. He is an expert in Brazilian literature, Latin American avant-garde poetry, and Carlos Drummond de Andrade. He teaches courses in Portuguese language, Brazilian literature, Brazilian popular music and Brazilian cinema.

Hector Schamis

Hector E. Schamis

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Hector E. Schamis researches and teaches on political economy and democratization in Latin America and post-socialist countries. Professor Schamis received his PhD from Columbia University. Before coming to Georgetown University, Dr. Schamis had appointments at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame.

Jennifer Tobin

Jennifer Tobin

Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy
Specializations: international investment, small and microfinance, trade, and development assistance

Jennifer Tobin joined the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2008 after completing doctoral studies at Yale University and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.  She is currently working on projects focusing on property rights enforcement for small investors, free trade agreements in emerging market economies, and the emergence of pro-poor economic policies in developing countries. Prior to joining Georgetown she was a fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Global Economy and Development Fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked for microfinance institutions in Uganda, Haiti, and Mexico. At MSPP Jennifer teaches the public management course focused on developing countries.

John Tutino

John Tutino

Concentration Advisor; Department of History

John Tutino is a teacher and historian of Mexico in the context of the Americas and the World. He aims to understand the histories of popular communities as they engaged colonial rule and early capitalism, national states and industrial challenges, revolutionary promises and national development–and now the unprecedented uncertainties of globalization and explosive urbanism. In the process, he searches for ways to integrate studies of the environment, production, and state power with an emphasis on labor, ethnic, and gender relations, and on the cultural constructions that debate everything.

Charles Villa-Vicencio

Charles Villa-Vicencio

Visiting Associate Professor

Charles Villa-Vicencio is a distinguished theologian and leading global authority in matters related to transitional justice and reconciliation. His contributions extend beyond academics: from 1996 to 1998, he played a central role in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he acted as national research director.