Visiting Researchers

CLAS Welcomes Visiting Researchers

 

Each year the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) hosts a limited number of visiting researchers from around the world.  As participants in the renowned Visiting Researchers program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, you will become an integrated member of the community with access to Georgetown University libraries, programs, events, and other valuable university resources.  You may also audit Georgetown University courses free of charge.  Additionally, an array of networking and cultural opportunities for Latin American scholars can be found in the Washington, D.C. area.

Typical applicants are either current doctoral students or have already obtained their doctorate.  Visiting researchers are required to give at least one lecture on their research to our master's degree candidates.  They also commonly provide advice and support, a valuable benefit to our students.

Due to limited funds, CLAS does not provide financial assistance or office space to visiting researchers, but many obtain fellowships or research grants from their universities, professional organizations, government organizations, and other sources. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services lists many potential resources for funding and support. You can access their page by clicking on this link.

Meetings with faculty depend strictly on faculty's time availability. 

To submit an application, please send to clas@georgetown.edu:

  • A short proposal of your research project and its expected duration. Please include, if possible, the faculty member with whom you intend to collaborate. 
  • Your resume/CV (Make sure you include the following information: Country of Residence, Street Address, Postal Code, Date of Birth) 
  • A cover letter expressing your interest in the program.  

Application materials should be submitted in English, as they will also be reviewed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Please anticipate 4-6 weeks for review of your application.  

In recent years, CLAS has benefitted from collaborations with distinguished scholars from around the globe who have participated in our Visiting Researchers program.  We look forward to receiving your application and the possibility of welcoming you into our global community of excellence.  

CURRENT VISITING RESEARCHERS

Juliano Machado Pires

Academic Focus:

My current focus is on the Brazilian legislative branch, more specifically the positions of power within the Câmara dos Deputados, which is the local equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives. My research is a descriptive and comparative study of legislative institutions. More broadly, I am interested in elections and the electoral systems as well as international relations, with a focus on South America and Portuguese speaking countries.

Professional Background:

  • Advisor of monographies, Center for Qualification, Training and Improvement (CEFOR), Brazilian Chamber of Deputies (since 2015).
  • Reviewer for the E-Legis, electronic academic periodicalal published by the Post-Graduate Program of the Chamber of Deputies (since 2015).
  • Coordinator of the Group of Research and Extension: International Relations and Foreign Policy in the Agenda of the Deputies – CEFOR/Chamber of Deputies (since 2014).
  • Historic and iconographic researcher for TV Camara documentaries (2005 – 2007).
  • Associate-Researcher at the Nucleus of Studies on Media and Politics, University of Brasilia (2002 – 2005).

Publications:

  • Pires, Juliano Machado. “A implantação da Representação Proporcional de Lista Aberta no Brasil”. In: Nicolau, Jairo; Braga, Ricardo de João, orgs. Para além das urnas: reflexões sobre a Câmara dos Deputados. Edições Câmara, 2011, pp.21-44.
  • Pires, Juliano Machado. “A invenção da lista aberta: o processo de implantação da representação proporcional no Brasil” (Master’s thesis). Iuperj, 2009.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

Besides my academic activities, I also do interviews for the television channel of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, TV Camara.

Email: julianomachado@outlook.com

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science - (IESP - UERJ), since 2014
  • M.A. in Political Science – IUPERJ, 2009
  • B.A. in Social Communication/Journalism - University of Brasilia, 2003

Geoffrey Wallace

Academic Focus:

Environmental history of the Northern Maya Lowlands (or Yucatán Peninsula) during the colonial period; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital maps as representational and analytical tools in historical research.

Professional Background:

Lecturer, McGill University and University of Ottawa

What else should CLAS students know about you?

My research has one foot in the archives and the other in the world of digital maps. My project while here at Georgetown is an effort to assemble, curate, and publish an online historical digital atlas of the Spanish colony of Yucatán. This atlas and the data it uses are closely linked to my forthcoming dissertation from McGill University, “The Living Rock: Environmental Histories of Yucatán, 1540-1730.”

Email: gw267@georgetown.edu

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in History – McGill University
  • M.A. in History – University of Toronto
  • B.A.(Hon.) in History – University of Toronto

Rafaella Lúcia de Azevedo Ferreira Bettamio

Academic Focus:

Sociopolitical movements and motivations which may have influenced the relations between the US and Brazil during the years 1960-1980.

Professional Background:

Federal Public Servant, Researcher -Brazilian National Library (2006-present)

Publications:

  • Bettamio, Rafaella. “Violenza e repressione durante la dittatura civile-militare brasiliana: l'eredità dell'autoritarismo.” Diacronie, no. No. 27, 3, 2016, doi:10.4000/diacronie.4270.
  • Bettamio, Rafaella. O DOI_CODI carioca: memória e cotidiano. Saarbracken, Novas Edições Académicas 2014.
  • Bettamio, Rafaella. “A Justiça de transição no Brasil e o Papel da Comissão Nacional da Verdade.” Thiesen, Icléia. (Org.). "Documentos Sensíveis" 2014.
  • Bettamio, Rafaella. "O DOI-CODI do Rio de Janeiro na memória de ex-prisioneiros políticos". In: Icléia Thiesen (Org.). Imagens da Clausura na Ditadura de 1964: Informação, Memória e História, 2011.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

I am very interested in researching trends across contemporary Brazilian history. Throughout my academic life, I have given special attention to the civil-military Brazilian dictatorship as well as to the relationship between the United States and South American countries between the 1960s and 1990s. 

Email: rd987@georgetown.edu

Educational Background:

  •  Ph.D. candidate in "History, Politics and Cultural Heritage", Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014-2018).
  •  Visiting researcher at Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies - September 2016 to February 2017
  •  M.A. in "History, Politics and Cultural Heritage", Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010-2012). Specialization in "History of Brazil after 1930", Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2006-2007).
  •  B.A. in "History", Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), 2001-2005.

 

Eduardo Rey Tristán

Academic Focus: Political violence and contemporary Latin American revolutionary movements. Has carried out related research on these topics in the Río de la Plata (mainly in Uruguay) and Central America (El Salvador). Is currently working on transnational dynamics of political violence in Latin America and Europe since 1959, with special attention to the processes of political and ideological diffusion.

Professional Background:

  • Professor of Latin American History - University of Santiago de Compostela, (2004-present) Has directed four doctoral and 16 master dissertations on Latin American history
  • Visiting Professor or Lecturer - Universities of Costa Rica (2002), Salamanca, Spain (2003), Rome, Italy (2005, 2010), UNAM, México (2007), El Salvador (2008, 2012), La República, Uruguay (2009), UCA, El Salvador (2010), Bérgamo, Italy (2016).

Publications:

  • Álvarez, Alberto Martín, and Eduardo Rey Tristán. Revolutionary Violence and the New Left: Transnational Perspectives. New York, NY, Routledge, 2017.
  • Solano, Verónica Oikián et al. El Estudio De Las Luchas Revolucionarias En América Latina (1959-1996): Estado De La cuestión. Zamora, Michoacán, El Colegio De Michoacán, 2014.
  • Tristán, Eduardo Rey, and Pilar Cagiao Vila. Conflicto, Memoria y Pasados Traumáticos: El Salvador Contemporáneo. Santiago De Compostela, Universidad De Santiago De Compostela, 2011.
  • Tristán, Eduardo Rey. La Izquierda Revolucionaria Uruguaya, 1955-1973. Sevilla, Universidad De Sevilla, Escuela De Estudios Hispano-Americanos, 2005.

Also numerous articles and book chapters published in several European and American countries.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

I devote much attention to my students, especially their research. As a teacher, I try to be accessible and self-critical. I care about making sure my students gain something from my lessons and seek to encourage the development of their own thinking on the topics we discuss in the classroom.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in History - University of Santiago de Compostela Spain 2002
  • M.A. in Latin American History - International University of Andalusia Spain 1999
  • B.A. in History, Latin American Studies - Universidad Complutense de Madrid Spain 1995

Email: er749@georgetown.edu

 

Pablo Gerardo Parás García

Academic Focus: Public Opinion and Comparative Politics. Research focused on social capital, corruption, political culture, security, food security, quality of democracy and the third sector.

Professional Background:

  • Founder & CEO - Data Opinion Pública y Mercados (2003 - present)
  • General Director - Centro de Estudios de Opinion Publica (1997-2002)
  • Associate Director - Mori de Mexico (1991-1994)

Publications:

  • Parás García, Pablo Gerardo. The Power of Perceptions: How Social Capital Is Being Impacted by Crime and Corruption in Mexico. 2013.
  • Parás García, Pablo Gerardo. Political Culture of Democracy in Mexico and the Americas, 2014: Democratic Governability through ten years of the Americas Barometer (2014)
  • Basáñez, Miguel, and Pablo Parás. “Polling and Pollsters as Agents of Change: A Historical Account of Public Opinion Research in Mexico from 1938 to 2010.” Oxford Handbooks Online, 2012, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195377385.013.0025.
  • Bailey, John, and Pablo Paras. “Perceptions and Attitudes about Corruption and Democracy in Mexico.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, vol. 22, no. 1, 2006, pp. 57–82. doi:10.1525/msem.2006.22.1.57.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

I’m a member of the board of a Catholic Kibbutz (http://www.kibbutz.org.mx) a private non-for profit school (http://www.educacionintegral.org) and a Foundation (http://fundacionmerced.org).

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Political Science - University of Connecticut 2013
  • Visiting Fellow at the Center for US – Mexican Studies 04-05
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies - Georgetown University 1996
  • B.A. in Business Administration - ITAM México 1991

Email: pgp3@georgetown.edu

 

Gonzalo Sebastián Paz

Academic focus: Specializes in international relations, comparative politics and political economy. He is a pioneer in the studies of China and East Asian-Latin American relations and extra-regional powers in Latin America.

Professional Background:

  • Lecturer - Elliott School of International Affairs (George Washington University), American University, and University of Maryland (BC)
  • Visiting Professor - Stockholm University (Sweden), Università Roma Tre (Italy) and Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • Professor -  School of Oriental Studies of the University of Salvador and at the Master in International Relations of La Plata National University (Argentina)
  • Consultant - Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Organization of American States (OAS)

Publications:

  • Arnson, Cynthia et al. “Argentina and Asia: China’s Reemergence, Argentina’s Recovery.” Reaching across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., 2014, pp. 153–186.
  • Paz, Gonzalo Sebastián. “China, United States and Hegemonic Challenge in Latin America: An Overview and Some Lessons from Previous Instances of Hegemonic Challenge in the Region.” The China Quarterly, vol. 209, 2012, pp. 18–34. doi:10.1017/s0305741011001469.
  • Hearn, Adrian H. et al. “China-Venezuela: Oil, Technology, and Socialism.” China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO, 2011.

Educational background:

  • M.A. in Political Science - George Washington University
  • Ph.D. in Political Science - George Washington University
  • J.D. - National University of Córdoba
  • MPhil in International Relations - National University of Córdoba

Email: gsp27@georgetown.edu