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

Alberto vergara paniaguaPhoto of Dr. Alberto Vergara in his study

Academic Focus:

My 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?

I was a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. He have also lectured on Latin American politics at University of Montreal, Harvard University and SciencesPo, France. My 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

 

Diego Eugenio PizettaDiego Pizetta Visiting Researcher Profile

Academic Focus:

The research fits on the intersection between International Politics, International Economics and International Law and the subject of analysis is the international agreements regarding technical standards as well as the Brazilian Trade Policy for the area. 

The research deals with the relationship between trade, technological, economic/industrial and military policies and the role of standards for technological innovation, efficiency, competitiveness and national security. 

Professional Background:

  • Government Officer - Technologist Researcher at National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro)/Brazil
  • Guest Researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/United States
  • Business Analyst for the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil)
  • Manager of International Affairs for the City Hall of Porto Alegre/Brazil
  • Lawyer at Ortigara & Advogados Associados.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

Worked as the Head of Division of Overcoming Technical Barriers at Inmetro and was member of the Brazilian Delegation in many international organizations, initiatives and trade agreement negotiations. Also worked with training for companies on the subject of technical barriers to trade.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in International Political Economy at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York
  • M.A. in International Relations at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Bachelor in Law and Specialist in International Trade at Regional Integrated University

Email: diegopizetta@gmail.com

 

Eric Gettig Eric Gettig

Academic Focus:

I research, write, and teach the international and transnational history of the Americas, particularly relations (broadly defined) among and between Cubans, North Americans, and the states and peoples of the so-called “Third World,” “global South,” or “developing world.” I have particular interests in the history of energy, political economy, development, nationalism and internationalism, and revolution.

Building off of my recently completed doctoral dissertation, my current principal research project is a book-length study of modern Cuban energy history. Using archival and published sources from Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom, I analyze how Cuba’s dependence on imported fossil-fuel energy shaped Cuba’s economic development, national politics, and international relations from the late colonial period through the early years of the Cuban Revolution.

Professional Background:

  • Senior Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (August 2017– )
  • Lecturer School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Fall 2017)
  • School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University (Summer 2017)
  • Affiliated Researcher Program in Geo-historical Research, Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Mankind, Havana, Cuba (2011, 2013, 2017)
  • Ph.D. Candidate Department of History, Georgetown University (2009-2017)

Publications:

  • “Oil and Revolution in Cuba: Development, Nationalism, and the U.S. Energy Empire, 1902-1961.” Ph.D. diss., Georgetown University, 2017.
  • “‘Trouble Ahead in Afro-Asia’: The United States, the Second Bandung Conference, and the Struggle for the ‘Third World,’ 1964-65,” Diplomatic History 39:1 (January 2015): 126-56.

What Else Should CLAS Students Know About You?

When not teaching and researching at Georgetown, I observe and contribute to the contemporary politics of U.S.-Cuban relations as a Senior Associate in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan think-tank in Washington, DC.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in History (with Distinction) – Georgetown University, May 2017
  • M.A. in History – Georgetown University, July 2011
  • B.A. in History (Magna cum Laude) – Amherst College, May 2004

 

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 Alberta

Email: gw267@georgetown.edu

 

Mercedes CalzadoPhoto of Mercedes Calzado

Academic Focus:

My area of research for more than ten years has been the problem of urban security in Argentina, and its connection with election processes, communication media, the political arena, and the emergence of insecurity victims’ movements. My search focuses on the complexity of articulating social, media and political players to set an agenda for social discussion and policy-making.
My current research is on political campaigns and public opinion about insecurity. I am working about how social concern for urban security has taken center stage in the democracies of the Latin American region.

Professional and Academic Background:

  • Adjunct Researcher. National Council of Scientific and Social Research (CONICET).
  • Head of practical works. Anthropology Chair, Communication Sciences Program, Buenos Aires University.
  • Director of Targeted Research. CONICET-National Ombudsman of Public. “The Crime Genre Framed in the Transformations of the Argentine Audiovisual Scene. Productive Routines, Media Performances and Reception of Insecurity News”
  • Director of Buenos Aires University Project. “Communication, Policy-Making and Crime. Security as Electoral and Civic Grammar in Buenos Aires City”
  • Member of the Board, Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires.
  • Academic Secretary, Communication Sciences Program, UBA School of Social Sciences. 2014-2017.
  • Doctorate Under-Secretary, Advanced Studies Secretariat, UBA School of Social Sciences. 2012-2014.

Some Publications:

  • Calzado, Mercedes. Inseguros. El rol de los medios y la respuesta política frente a la violencia. De Blumberg a hoy. (Insecure. The Role of Media and the Political Response to Violence. From Blumberg to the Present.) Buenos Aires, Editorial Aguilar-Random House. 2015
  • Comunicación, Cultura y Sociedad (Communication, Culture and Society), Ediciones Aula Taller, Buenos Aires. 2012. (co-author)
  • “Hacia un mapa reintervenciones electorales en materia de seguridad” (“Towards a Map of Election Reinvention in terms of Security”), co-author. Revista PolisN 44. Universidad de Los Lagos Chile. 2016.
  • “El Sherlock Holmes 2.0. La noticia policial entre expedientes judiciales, redes sociales y cámaras de seguridad” (“Sherlock Holmes 2.0. Crime News across Legal Files, Social Networks and Security Cameras”), Revista opción. Universidad del Zulía. Venezuela. 2015.
  • “Violencia urbana y subjetividades victimizantes: sentidos y experiencias organizativas de las víctimas de la inseguridad en Argentina” (“Urban Violence and Victimizing Subjectivities: Organizational Senses and Experiences of Victims of Insecurity in Argentina”), in Papeles del CEIC, Nº 112, University of the Basque Country. 2014.
  • “Ciudad segura. Vecindad, víctimas y gubernamentalidad” (“Secure City. Neighborhood, Victims and Governance”), co-author. Confluenze. University of Bologne. Volume 5. No. 1. 2013.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

I am the Editor of the “Communications, Political and Security Observatory”. www.comunicacionyseguridad.com

Educational Background:

  • 2011. PhD in Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (UBA) School of Social Sciences. Thesis: “Cartographies of Pain. Political Management of Security, Journalistic Enshrining of Fear, and New Victimizing Subjectivities.”
  • 2008. Master in Social Science Research, UBA. Thesis: “Law Enforcement Campaigns: The Security Clamor of ‘Axel’s Crusade’.”
  • 2003. Bachelor in Communication Sciences. UBA (with Honors). Thesis: “Crime, Minors and Insecurity. A Case Study in the Press and Public Opinion Discourse.”

Email:

calzadom@gmail.com, mc2303@georgetown.edu

 

Noelia Alegre CampoNoelia Alegre Campos

Academic Focus:

Roots and rationale behind the appearance and expansion of vigilantism and self-defense groups in Michoacan (Mexico) and their evolution through time.

Professional Background:

  • Lecturer- Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico).
  • Consultant- Dimac Group (Mexico).
  • Consultant-Biderbost, Boscán & Rochín (Spain).

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Government and Political Science- (Mexico). Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico)
  • M.A. in Political Science – Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico).
  • B.A. in Law – University of Salamanca (Spain).
  • B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration – Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

What else should CLAS students know about you?

I have also focused my attention on other topics within political science, including: women and drug trafficking, terrorism and the Spanish and Mexican political system.

Email:

na721@georgetown.edu 

 

Nívia Maria Assunção CostaNívia Maria Assunção Costa

Academic Focus:

My current focus aims to contribute to the linguistic performance and the potential level of Brazilian Portuguese as Additional Language (BPAL) learning, showing the most used sociocognitive strategies in the light of recognition and contemplation in tandem context and in misunderstanding situations, and, above all, to question from Interactional Sociolinguistic as well as sociocognitive and textual linguistic perspectives. So, the societal importance of this research aims to exchange social and cultural experiences from Portuguese texts, and concomitantly, to develop autonomy as well as to strengthen social interactions and cultural identities of the participants. The results will be used to provide theoretical support for the events of literacy, more specially, BPLA and tandem context.

Professional Background:

  • Lecturer: Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goias at Valparaiso campus (since 2013); UNIDESC University (2009).
  • Lieutenant in armed forces: Military School of Brasilia (2010-2012); Headquarter (2011)
  • Reviewer: Military Headquarter (2011)
  • Professor: Governmental Education of Goias (2007 until 2013); Governmental Education of Federal District (2001-2007)

Publications:

  • “Noticing and Levels of Consciousness in Textual Processing in L2”. Revista Ecos, v 1, n.2, 2016.
  • “Attention, Awareness, Instruction, and L2 Reading Textual Input: A Personal Pronouns Study.” US-China Foreign Language, August 2016, Vol. 14, No. 8, 537-543 doi:10.17265/1539-8080/2016.08.001
  • “Atenção, Consciência, Instrução e Leitura de Input Textual em L2: um estudo com os pronomes pessoais.” IN: GONÇALVES-SEGUNDO, Paulo Roberto e AQUINO, Zilda Gaspar Oliveira de (Orgs.). I CIED, p. 726-744, São Paulo: Paulistana Editora, 2015.
  • “Diretrizes curriculares, projetos políticos pedagógicos e as competências do professor de LE.” Revista Desempenho, v. 10, p. 4-14, 2011. (Co-authored with Adriana F. Nunes and Giovana M. Ferreira).
  • Translation: “Elogio do Fracasso” Revista Expedições: Teoria e Historiografia, v. 6, n. 1, jan.-jul., 2015, p. 60-64.

What else should CLAS students know about you?

Well, I’d like to explain that “Tandem Context” is a virtual context of foreign language teaching and learning within each pairs of native or competent speakers of different languages (Brazilian Portuguese and English) and cultures play the role of learner for one hour per week by speaking and practicing the language of his partner through virtual collaboration. It means the partners experience language and culture from the native’s perspective. In my research, students of the Georgetown University get in touch with Brazilian students of the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Goias at Valparaiso campus, working collaboratively in order to learn the language of the other.

Educational Background:

  • PhD Candidate of Linguistic at the Department of Linguistic, Portuguese, and Classical Languages in the Program of Postgraduate studies in Linguistic of Brasilia University (since 2015)
  • Master degree in Applied Linguistic at the Department of Foreign Language and Translation in the Program of Postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistic of Brasilia University (December, 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and English languages at the Centro de Ensino Superior do Brasil (December 2005)

Email:

profnivia@gmail.com / nc693@georgetown.edu