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.  

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.

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

Email: julianomachado@outlook.com

 

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

 

Alberto vergara paniaguaPhoto of Dr. Alberto Vergara in his study

Academic Focus:

His work focuses on several aspects of political regimes in the Andean countries: political parties, subnational politics, elections and citizenship.

Professional Background:

Lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Government, Harvard University.

Publications:

  • Vergara, Alberto, Ni Amnésicos ni Irracionales. Las elecciones peruanas de 2006 en perspectiva histórica, Lima:Solar Central de Proyectos, 2007. 
  • Meléndez, Carlos and Alberto Vergara. La iniciación de la política. El Perú político en perspectiva comparada. Lima: PUCP - Fondo Editorial, 2010.
  • Vergara, Alberto, Ciudadanos sin República. ¿Cómo sobrevivir en la jungla política peruana? Lima: Planeta, 2013.
  • Vergara, Alberto. La danza hostil. Poderes subnacionales y estado central en Bolivia y Perú (1952-2012). Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2015.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

Dr. Vergara was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. He has lectured on Latin American politics at University of Montreal, Harvard University and SciencesPo, France. His work has appeared in Latin American Research Review, the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, among others. His most recent book is La Danza Hostil: Poderes Subnacionales y Estado central en Bolivia y Peru (1952-2012) (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2015).   

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. - University of Montreal

Email: TBD

 

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.”

Educational Background:

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

Email: gw267@georgetown.edu