Dr Tanya Harmer is a lecturer in international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science specialising in the history of Latin America during the Cold War. She gained her MA and PhD in international history from the LSE after graduating in International History and Politics from Leeds University and has previously served as a post-doctoral fellow at LSE, head of the Latin America International Affairs Programme at LSE-IDEAS, and visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. She was previously the recipient of a Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholarship and the British Academy's UK-Latin America Link Programme award. Her first book, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War, is published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Federico Merke holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO, (Argentina), a Master of Arts in International Studies from Warwick University (UK), and a BA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). His research interests include IR Theory, International Politics and Security, Latin American international relations, and Argentine and Brazilian foreign policy. Currently he is Deputy Director of Academic Affairs at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) and Lecturer of IR Theory and Latin American International Relations at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also lectures on 'Identity and Foreign Policy in Latin America' at the Global Studies Programme, conducted jointly by the University of Freiburg, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and FLACSO. His latest publication are "Energy integration in South America: Securitisation of Energy or Energy Security?" (in Fabián Calle and Fabián Bosoer, eds. Latin America in the XXI Century, Buenos Aires: TAEDA, 2007) and 'Identity and Foreign Policy: Argentina and Brazil in Historical Perspective, Sociedad Global, 2(1-2), 2008, 142-161. Federico's current research aims to develop an English School approach to explain the structure of Latin American international society.
Fernando Purcell is assistant professor and the vice-chair of the History Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Davis, where he specialized in United States History. His research interests include the impact of Hollywood movies in Chile during the twentieth century and, more recently, the experiences of US Peace Corp volunteers in Chilean urban and rural communities during the 1960s. The latter seeks to analyze the role and involvement of non-state Latin American actors in the Cold War. He has published books, chapters and articles on several topics and edited, with Alfredo Riquelme, the forthcoming book Ampliando miradas. Chile y su historia en un tiempo global. Fernando Purcell has received research grants from UCMEXUS and FONDECYT and was also recipient of the Faculty Enrichment Program scholarship from the Canadian Government. He also serves as International Contributing Editor for the Journal of American History.
Alfredo Riquelme Segovia is a Professor and Head of the Masters Programme at the History Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). His research focuses on the study of the interaction between national and global dimensions of political ideologies in contemporary history. Alfredo holds a degree in history at from the PUC, a Diploma from in Social Sciences from the Facultad Latinoamericana de
Ciencias Sociales – FLACSO and a PhD in History from the University of Valencia, Spain. He has been a visiting Professor at the Université de Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (2006) and at the Università degli Studi di Genova (2007). His publications include Globalización. Historia y Actualidad (2003), Chile en los Archivos Soviéticos 1922-1991 (2005, 2009), Ampliando Miradas. Chile y Su Historia en un Tiempo Global (2009), and his latest book Rojo Atardecer. El Comunismo Chileno Entre Dictadura y Democracia (2009).
Matias Spektor is coordinator of the Center for the Study of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), where he is an assistant professor in International Relations. His first book is entitled Henry Kissinger and Brazil (in Portuguese, Zahar, 2009). His main current research projects are a history of emerging countries in international society and a study of US-Brazil relations since the end of the Cold War. Matias also manages the one-year professional graduate degree in IR at FGV, and an oral history program on the Foreign Relations of Brazil since the End of the Cold War. He is managing editor with FGV Press for a new pocket series in IR. Previously he worked as an official for the United Nations and as a consultant for the Tavistock Institute in London. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2007. Click here for his publications and a detailed description of his research activities.
Olga Ulianova is the director of the American Studies Doctoral Programme at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and a senior researcher at its centre for advanced studies: the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA). She obtained her PhD in History at Lomonsov Moscow State University and has received research grants from FODECYT, the Ford Foundation, CEPAL and CEP. Her principal areas of investigation include the Cold War in Latin America, the history of non-state actors in contemporary politics and the history of East European and Central Asian relations with Latin America. Olga Ulianova has published widely on a range of topics relating to these issues and is currently working on a multivolume edited collection of declassified documents related to the Soviet Union's role in Chile in the twentieth century. For a full list of her publications please click here.
Guy Burton received a PhD in Government from the LSE in 2009, with an emphasis on social democracy in Latin America (Brazil and Chile). He also holds an MSc in Latin American Politics from London University (Institute for the Study of the Americas) and a BSc in Government & History from the LSE. His research interests include comparative politics, political ideology, political parties and public policy. He has previously worked for various interest groups, local government and in Parliament.
Vanni Pettiná is Research Fellow at the Centre for Human and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council where he works on the Atlantic and Caribbean Comparative History Team (http://www.reccma.es/). He was born in Florence where in 2004 he completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science. In 2006, he received his MA in Latin American Studies by the University Complutense of Madrid and the Ortega y Gasset Research Institute and, in 2010, his PhD. by the same institution. He has been visiting scholar in several different institutions such as Georgetown University, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica de Ciudad de México, LSE, Miami University and NYU. Throughout 2009-2010 he was Teaching Assistant at the LSE where he taught in a course on US-Latin American Relations from 1898 to the present days. His research focuses on the relations between the United States and Latin American nationalism, with special attention to Cuba, during the early stage of the Cold War. For full access to his CV and list of publications please click here.
Victor Figueroa Clark holds a PhD in International History at the LSE. He completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Leeds and received an MSc in Globalisation and Latin American development from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. His research concentrates on the Chilean Left and its response to the 1973 coup. More broadly, his interests include the history and politics of Latin America throughout the 20th century up to the present day.
Thomas Field holds a PhD in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), writing his thesis on the US relationship with revolutionary Bolivia in the 1950s and 60s. His Masters dissertation at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) focused on the US response to radicalism in Guatemala and Bolivia in the early 1950s. Before transitioning into the social sciences, Thomas spent eight months in Chile studying ecology. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Field worked as a legislative aide to a US Congressman on Capitol Hill.
Maria Montt Strabucchi is member of the Asian Studies Programme at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the same University. She received a BA in History at PUC and an MA in Chinese Studies at SOAS. Her current research focuses on Chinese-Chilean and Chinese-Latin American Diplomatic and Cultural Relations in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Eugenia Palieraki is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Contemporary History at the University of Paris I - Sorbonne. Her research concentrates on the radical Chilean Left and its relationships with the other Chilean political parties, as well as with Cuba during the 1960s. Her Master's dissertation at the University of Paris I - Sorbonne focused on street demonstrations in Allende's Chile. From 2002 to the present day, Ms. Palieraki has been working as an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Latin American History (19th-20th centuries) at the University of Paris I, the Political Sciences Institut of Paris and the Ecole Polytechnique.
Francesca Lessa holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Royal Holloway (University of London). Her research interests include Transitional Justice and Memory in the Southern Cone of Latin America, especially Argentina and Uruguay, as well as the current situation of human rights in the same region. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the LSE for three years and she recently taught a Master's course at the University of the Republic in Montevideo (Uruguay) on Memory, Transitional Justice and Human Rights in Uruguay (1973-2009). She is currently co-editing a book with Vincent Druliolle entitled 'The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay' to be published in 2011. She is also writing several entries for 'The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice' to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Her current research and publication projects relate to the present situation of human rights and the consequences of impunity in Argentina and Uruguay; a comparison between Uruguay and Chile in terms of the evolution of transitional justice there in the last thirty years; and, a study of the role of Uruguayan exiles in Italy during the 1970s and 1980s to be developed in coordination with the Memory Museum of Montevideo.
Juliana Bertazzo holds a PhD and a Master of Research in Political Science from the University of Campinas, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia (Brazil). She also received training in Peace Studies and security policy at the National Defense University, based in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include international organizations, international security, Latin American politics, and Brazilian foreign and security policy. Dr Bertazzo has worked as a consultant for a think tank in Hamburg, while living in Germany, and for a research group in Brazil. Also, she has been a member of a working group from Consejo Latino Americano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) on violence and democracy since 2007. She has taught different courses on IR and Comparative Politics while working as a lecturer at the Hochschule Bremen (Germany), and at the University of Campinas (Brazil). She is currently doing independent research on UNASUR and the international mediation of the Bolivian conflict using a conflict transformation approach. For this project she was awarded a grant from the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies. Her publications include articles on South American defence integration and the transformation of the Brazilian military, and a chapter on security regimes of the Americas in an edited volume recently published by CLACSO.
Gian Luca Gardini is an expert in the international relations of Latin America, focusing in particular on regional integration, foreign policy analysis and international political economy. Dr Gardini currently lectures in International Relations and Latin American politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Bath. He obtained his MPhil and PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. His most recent books are 'The Origins of Mercosur' (Palgrave 2010), 'Latin American Foreign Policies' (with P. W. Lambert, Palgrave, 2011) and 'Latin America in the 21st Century' (Zed Books, 2012). He is also as a practitioner of International and EU affairs. He was Representative to the EU of the Italian Confederation of Industry, and International Trade Advisor to the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the World Risk Review at the London-based risk analysis company Jardine Lloyd Thompson.
Pía Riggirozzi is Lecturer in Global Politics at the University of Southampton. She holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, a MSc in Latin American Politics from the University of Miami, and a MSc in International Studies from FLACSO, Argentina. In 2007 she was awarded an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (based at the University of Sheffield). Her research focuses on political economy of development and regionalism. Her publications include Advancing Governance in the South: What Roles for IFIs in Developing States? (Palgrave, 2009), 'Region, Regionness and Regionalism in Latin America: Towards a New Synthesis' (New Political Economy, 2011), and The Rise of Post-Hegemonic Regionalism: The Case of Latin America (edited with D. Tussie, Springer-UNU/CRIS, 2012); and 'Post-neoliberalism in Latin America: Rebuilding and Reclaiming the State after Crisis' (with Jean Grugel, Development and Change, 2012). Pía is a permanent researcher at the Centre for the Study of Citizenship, Globalization and Governance at the University of Southampton.