We bid a fond farewell to Program Associate Robert Donnelly, who, after more than two years with the Mexico Institute, has transitioned to the Wilson Center’s Office of Outreach and Communications as a Writer/Editor. We also thank Program Assistant Nikki Nichols. Nikki was with the Latin American Program for two and a half years. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. We wish both Robert and Nikki all the best in their new endeavors.
We welcome new Mexico Institute Program Associate Christopher Wilson. Christopher has worked as a consultant and was a graduate intern with the Mexico Institute. He completed his M.A. in International Affairs at American University, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico relations.
We also welcome Verónica Colon-Rosario, the new Latin American Program Assistant. Verónica worked with Telefonica Internacional USA before coming to the Wilson Center and graduated with a Masters in Latin American Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
Fellows and Public Policy Scholars
We are delighted to have welcomed the 2011-2012 Fellows and Public Policy Scholars:
James Brennan, University of California, Riverside, “Days of Destruction: Political Violence and its Legacies in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’”
Roberto Briceño-León, Laboratory for Social Sciences, Research School of Social Sciences, Venezuela, “Citizen Insecurity: Poverty or Institutionality? The Deterioration of Venezuela in the Light of the Improvement in Colombia and Brazil”
Homero Campa Butron was a summer Public Policy Scholar for 2011 in cooperation with Comexi. He is the International Coordinator for Proceso Magazine. His research was entitled "Three Moments in a Triangular Relation", which aimed to investigate the intermediary role Mexico has with the U.S. – Cuba relations.
Lazaro Cardenas Batel, is a Senior Scholar. He is the former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico. The project he is working on is "Strengthening Hometown Associations: Mexican Immigrants as Agents for Political Change in Mexico and the United States"
Jacqueline Hagan,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Skills on the Move: Re-Examining the Relationship between Human Capital and Social Mobility in Reference to Migration between Mexico and the United States”
Edward (Edy) Kaufman, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, “The Role of Diasporas in Protracted Conflicts: Arabs and Jews in Latin America and the Israel/Palestinian Issue”
Luis Pásara,Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, “Justice and Justice Reform in Latin America”
Don Eugenio Garza Lagüera Scholars –Instituto Technológico de Monterrey
Cecilia López Garza- PhD. Candidate
Juan Carlos Montero Bagatella- PhD. Candidate
Gerhard Niedrist- Professor of International Law
José Fabián Ruiz Valerio – Graduate professor of political analysis and information media
WWICS-Washington Post Journalism Fellows
During the fourth year of Woodrow Wilson Center-Washington Post Journalism Fellowship, four 2011 grantees were chosen from a competitive applicant pool of 32 representing 13 different countries.
Mark Beckford from The Gleaner Jamaica investigated Jamaican homosexuals who have sought asylum and are now living in the United States.
Julie López from Guatemala's Plaza Pública examined the Lorenzanas’ drug and arms trafficking networks between the U.S. and Guatemala to discover other locations for arms and drugs smuggling in the U.S.
José Monsalve, a reporter for Semana in Colombia, researched the actors in the trade union diplomacy in Colombia and how it influences U.S. – Colombia relationships.
Carolina Rossetti de Toledo is a journalist with the Brazilian newspaper, O Estado do S. Paulo and investigated human trafficking between Brazil and the U.S. to look for ways to combat this issue.
The Latin American Program has been fortunate to have had the assistance of several talented interns. We thank the following interns for their energy, hard work, and willingness to share their skills with us in Summer and Fall 2011:
- Alexander Ascencio, Georgetown University
- Sarah Beckhart, Franklin and Marshall College
- Dana Deaton, The George Washington University
- Adam Drolet, The George Washington University
- Allison Gilchrist, Syracuse University
- Lisa Hartland, The George Washington University
- Alison Lucas, Georgetown University
- Jillian Macnaughton, The Johns Hopkins University
- Mark Pigott, The American University
- Elizabeth Sampson, The George Washington University