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Scholarship on sustainable development politics, agricultural biodiversity, human rights, NAFTA, environmental peacebuilding, water governance, public health, aid effectiveness, transparency and accountability, democratization, immigrant and youth civic engagement, guerilla and paramilitary violence, subnational institutions, the war on drugs, emerging markets, and finance reflects the vast reach of SIS faculty within the Americas. Their research in the region transcends disciplinary boundaries and has salient impact on present-day challenges in the region.

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Eve Bratman

bratman@american.edu

EVE BRATMAN

EXPERTISE

  • Brazil

  • Sustainable development politics in the Brazilian Amazon

  • The link between environmental policy, agriculture and human rights

  • Urban politics and development issues

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Crossroads of Development: Conservation, Human Rights, and Infrastructure in the Brazilian Amazon (book manuscript, submission anticipated January 2015).

  • “Ticket to Ride: Public Transportation Access and Livelihoods in Bogotá, Colombia.” (with Katarina Brunette, submission to Urban Geography, June, 2014).

  • “Overdevelopment: Development and the Problem of Limits.” (submission anticipated September 2014 to Development and Change).

Robin Broad

rbroad@american.edu

ROBIN BROAD

EXPERTISE

  • Globalization, development and environment

  • Globalization and NGOs

  • Third-World development

  • Corporate social responsibility and accountability

  • Environmentally and socially responsible trade and investment

  • Child labor

  • Sweatshops


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "It's the New Economy, Stupid," with John Cavanagh, The Nation 295, no. 25. (17 December 2012).

  • "The Development and Agriculture Paradigms Transformed: Reflections from the Small-Scale Organic Rice Fields of the Philippines," with John Cavanagh, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39, no. 5, pp. 1181-1193 (30 October 2012).

  • Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, with John Cavanagh. Boulder, CO.: Paradigm Publishers, 2009.


Charles Call

call@american.edu

CHARLES CALL

EXPERTISE

  • Post-war peacebuilding

  • Post-conflict governance and reconstruction

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Human rights and democratization

  • Justice and security sector reform

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence. Georgetown University Press, 2012.

  • Building States to Build Peace.(ed.) Lynne Rienner, 2008.

  • "Knowing Peace When You See It: Setting Standards for Peacebuilding Success,” Civil Wars 10, 2 (June 2008), 174-195.


Ken Conca

conca@american.edu

KEN CONCA

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental governance

  • Environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies

  • Environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system

  • Water governance

  • Environmental policy analysis

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, eds., Green Planet Blues: Critical Readings in Global Environmental Politics (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014). Fifth edition of teaching anthology; previous editions 2010, 2004, 1998, 1995.

  • Environmental Human Rights,” in Peter Dauvergne, editor, Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012).

  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Ken Conca, Annika Kramer, Josefina Maestu, and Falk Schmidt, “Missing Links in Global Water Governance: A Processes-Oriented Analysis,” Ecology and Society vol. 18 no. 2 (June 2013), article 33 (10 pp).


Maria De Jesus

dejesus@american.edu

MARIA DE JESUS

EXPERTISE

  • Health inequalities, particularly cross-cultural communication and health promotion

  • How ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and migration status interact to affect health outcomes

  • Importance of cross-cultural communication and relationship building in the work of community health workers


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Perspectives on quality mental health care from Brazilian and Cape Verdean outpatients: Implications for effective patient-centered policies and models of care” With Tara R. Earl, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, January 2014.

  • “Predicting Health Care Utilization Among Latinos: Health Locus of Control Beliefs or Access Factors?” With Chenyang Xiao, Health Education & Behavior, April 2014.

  • “The impact of mass media health communication on health decision-making and medical advice-seeking behavior of U.S. Hispanic population.” Health Communication, 2013.


Daniel Esser

esser@american.edu

DANIEL ESSER

EXPERTISE

  • Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone

  • Global health

  • Local governance

  • Complex emergencies

  • Post-conflict reconstruction

  • Aid effectiveness, program evaluation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Elusive Accountabilities in the HIV Scale-up: ‘Ownership’ as a Functional Tautology," Global Public Health 9(1-2), pp. 43-56, 2014.

  • "Tracing Poverty and Inequality in International Development Discourses: An Algorithmic and Visual Analysis of Agencies’ Annual Reports and Occasional White Papers, 1978-2010" (with B. J. Williams), Journal of Social Policy 43(1), pp. 173-200, 2014.

  • "The Political Economy of Post-Invasion Kabul, Afghanistan: Urban Restructuring Beyond the North-South Divide," Urban Studies 50(15), pp. 3084-3098, 2013.


Jonathan Fox

fox@american.edu

JONATHAN FOX

EXPERTISE

  • Transparency and accountability

  • Democratization, governance and participation

  • Social and environmental policy

  • Transnational civil society

  • Immigration and youth civic/political engagement

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-editor, Oaxacalifornian Reporting Team, Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, 2013.

  • "State Power and Clientelism: Eight Propositions for Discussion,” in Tina Hilgers, ed., Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics, Palgrave, 2012.

  • Co-author, “Proporcionar transparencia ¿Hasta qué punto responde el gobierno mexicano a las solicitudes de información pública?” Gestión y política pública, 20(1), 2011.


Carolyn Gallaher

caroleg@american.edu

CAROLYN GALLAHER

EXPERTISE

  • Guerrilla and paramilitary violence

  • Right-wing extremism in the U.S.

  • Political geography

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Key Concepts in Political Geography (co-author). Sage Publications, 2009.

  • After the Peace: Loyalist Paramilitaries in Post-accord Northern Ireland, Cornell University Press, 2007.

  • "The Role of Protestant Missionaries in Mexico's Indigenous Awakening." Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2007.


Agustina Giraudy

giraudy@american.edu

AGUSTINA GIRAUDY

EXPERTISE

  • Subnational undemocratic regimes in Argentina and Mexico

  • Subnational institutions

  • Federalism

  • State territorial reach

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Democrats and Autocrats: Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity within Democratic Countries (Transformations in Governance), Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015.

  • “Varieties of Subnational Undemocratic Regimes: Evidence from Argentina and Mexico.” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 48, Issue 1 (2013), 51-80.

  • "Conceptualizing State Strength. Moving Beyond Strong and Weak States”. Revista de Ciencia Política. Vol. 32, No. 3, (2012), 599–611.


Louis Goodman

goodman@american.edu

LOUIS GOODMAN

EXPERTISE

  • International affairs education

  • U.S. foreign policy

  • Democracy-building abroad

  • Civil-military relations in Latin America

  • Role of the military in the war on drugs

  • U.S.-Latin American relations; U.S.-Mexican relations; Inter-American relations

  • International business; multinational corporations

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Lessons from the Venezuelan Experience. Co-edited with Johanna Mendelson Foreman, Moises Naim, Joseph Tulchin, and Gary Bland. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

  • Political Parties and Democracy in Central America. Co-edited with William Leogrande and Johanna Mendelson Forman. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1992.

  • The Military and Democracy: The Future of Civil-Military Relations in Latin America. Co-edited with Johanna S. R. Mendelson and Juan Rial. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1990, published in Spanish as Los Militares y la Democracia. Montevideo: PIETHO, 1991.


Garrett Grady

graddy@american.edu

GARRETT GRADDY

EXPERTISE

  • Global environmental and agricultural policy and politics

  • Cultural geography and political ecology

  • Agricultural biodiversity conservation methods

  • International seed and agricultural policy analysis

  • Social and political theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2014. “Situating in situ: A Critical Geography of Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation in the Peruvian Andes & Beyond” Antipode 46:2.

  • 2014. “Seed-saving” Encyclopedia of Food & Agricultural Ethics ed. H. James. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press

  • 2013. “Regarding Biocultural Heritage: in situ Political Ecology of Agricultural Biodiversity in the Peruvian Andes” Agriculture & Human Values. 30(4): 587-604.


Austin Hart

ahart@american.edu

AUSTIN HART

EXPERTISE

  • Political campaigns

  • Voting behavior

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Hart, Austin & Joel Middleton. 2014. "Priming under Fire: Reevaluating the Classic Media Priming Hypothesis." Journal of Politics 76(2): 581-592.

  • Hart, Austin. 2013. "Can Candidates Activate or Deactivate the Economic Vote? Evidence from Two Mexican Elections." Journal of Politics 75(4).

  • Hart, Austin. 2010. "Death of the Partisan? Globalization and Taxation in South America, 1990-2006." Comparative Political Studies 43(3): 304-328.


Clarence Lusance

clusane@american.edu

CLARENCE LUSANE

EXPERTISE

  • International race politics

  • Human rights

  • Electoral politics


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Dreams and Drones: King, Obama, and the Politics of the Nobel Peace Prize, forthcoming.

  • An Economic Lynching: African Americans and the Great Recession, in preparation. Contracted with City Lights Books.

  • The Black History of the White House, City Lights Books, December, 2010.


Simon Nicholson

Simon.Nicholson@american.edu

SIMON NICHOLSON

EXPERTISE

  • Politics of food and agriculture

  • Global environmental and energy poiltics

  • Political and social implications of geoengineering

  • Issues related to emerging technologies


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet, Paradigm Publishers, 2014 (with Paul Wapner).

  • "Governance and Global Environmental Issues: Cooperation in the Twenty-first Century (2000s-present)," in Sally Fairfax and Ed Russel (eds.), The Guide to US Environmental Policy (Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).

  • "Biotechnology and the Global Food Riots," in Guy Robinson et al. (eds.), The Globalisation of Agriculture (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).


Nathan Paxton

napaxton@american.edu

NATHAN PAXTON

EXPERTISE

  • Organizational decision-making

  • Global public health

  • Political theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Paxton, Nathan A. 2012. “Political science(s) and HIV: a critical analysis”, Contemporary Politics, 18(2): 141-155.

  • “Virtue From Vice: Duty, Power, and The West Wing” in Deceptive Words: The Poetics and Politics of Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Fahy, ed., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2005

  • “Outside Public View: Let the Games Begin!” in Making Government Work: California cases in policy, politics, and public management, Barry Keene, ed., Berkeley: IGS Press, 2000


Randolph Persaud

persaud@american.edu

RANDOLPH PERSAUD

EXPERTISE

  • Political economy of globalization

  • Human and global security

  • North/south relations

  • Global politics of race, culture and identity


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Counter-Hegemony and Foreign Policy: The Dialectics of Marginalized and Global Forces in Jamaica, State University of New York Press, 2001.

  • Race and International Relations - A Special Issue of Alternatives, co-editor (with R.B.J. Walker), 2001.


Arturo Porzecanski

aporzeca@american.edu

ARTURO PORZECANSKI

EXPERTISE

  • Open-economy macroeconomics

  • International economics

  • International finance

  • International financial law

  • Emerging markets finance

  • Exchange-rate policies

  • Latin American economics

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Borrowing and Debt: How Do Sovereigns Get Into Trouble?," in Sovereign Debt Management, 2014.

  • "Behind the 2012 Greek Default and Restructuring,” in Sovereign Debt and Debt Restructuring, 2013.

  • "Buenos Aires to Athens: The Road to Perdition," in CSIS Americas Program, April 2, 2012.


Peter Redvers-Lee

redversl@american.edu

PETER REDVERS-LEE

EXPERTISE

  • Economic and community development in the Afro-Ecuadorian communities

  • Participatory development and action research

  • Mixed methodology and development


Cathy Schneider

cschnei@american.edu

CATHY SCHNEIDER

EXPERTISE

  • Comparative social movements, riots, political violence

  • Policing of ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in the US, Europe and Latin America

  • Protest movements, urban politics

  • Immigration

  • Criminal justice and policing of ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in Latin America, Europe and the U.S.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (Philadelphia: Penn Press, 2014).

  • "Violence and State Repression," in Swiss Political Science Review: Debating the Arab Spring 17 (4) Winter 2011.

  • "Police Power and Race Riots in Paris," in Politics and Society 35(4) Winter 2007.


Matt Taylor

mtaylor@american.edu

MATT TAYLOR

EXPERTISE

  • State capacity

  • Corruption

  • Judicial politics

  • Latin American political economy


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Praça, S. and Taylor, M. M. (2014), "Inching Toward Accountability: The Evolution of Brazil's Anticorruption Institutions", 1985–2010. Latin American Politics and Society, 56: 27–48.

  • Matthew M. Taylor (2014). "The Limits of Judicial Independence: A Model with Illustration from Venezuela under Chávez". Journal of Latin American Studies, 46, pp 229-259.

  • Matthew M. Taylor (2013), "The Open Question Behind Brazil’s Rise on the World Stage", International Affairs Forum, 4(1): 55-58.

  • Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil. Stanford University Press, 2008. Recipient of the Victor Nunes Leal Prize, for best book in political science and international relations, Brazilian Political Science Association