Latin America Experts

Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, th...
Former Vice Minister of the Interior, Peru; Columnist, Perú21
Carlos Basombrío is a Peruvian sociologist and journalist. He works as an independent researcher and consultant for Peruvian and international organizations. He writes a bi-weekly column at “Peru.21”, a Peruvian leading newspaper. He is the consulting director of the of the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin American Program citizens security project.  He is the author of several bo...
Sandeep Bathala is a senior program associate for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative (formerly Global Health Initiative). Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she was the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program Director where her efforts included coordinating study tours to India and Ethiopia to build a strong base of support for i...
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, t...
Former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico
ExpertiseMexican and Latin American Migrant Workers' Hometown Associations in the U.S.; immigrant reform in the U.S.; immigration in U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Latin America relations
Director of Health Initiative of the Americas, at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley
Associate Professor, Universidad de Santiago de Chile; Expert on public security issues in Latin America
She has both academic and public policy experience thought Latin America.  At the academic level she has done research in different Universities in Argentina (1999-2000) and Chile (2000-2013).  In Argentina she was an Associate researcher at the Center of Security and Society at the National University of General San Martin (1999-2001) and Academic coordinator  of Universidad Empres...
Associate Director for Research, National Council of La Raza
Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Cornell University
María Cristina García is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell University, where she teaches courses on immigration history. She is the author of Seeking Refuge: Central American migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada (2006); Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida (1996); and articles and book chapters on refug...
Security and Conflict Resolution Expert; Former Consultant, United Nations Development Program and Organization of American States
Juan Carlos Garzón is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme’s “Human Development Report for Latin America 2013.” Recently he worked as part of the research team for the “Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas” at the Organization of American States (OAS), where he previously worked as a specialist and se...

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