Each year CLAS sponsors an outstanding group of visiting faculty.
The group ranges from scholars and area specialists to public
intellectuals and practitioners. Visiting faculty teach special
graduate seminars at the Center, give a public address and participate
fully in the intellectual life at CLAS.
Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi is the former Subsecretary for
Human Rights and Democracy in the Secretariat of Foreign
Relations Office in Mexico. Her career in the field of
human rights has led her on missions ranging from investigating
the treatment of immigrants in the United States to studying
the effects of violence in Colombia. Currently she is a
member of the Advisory Council on Foreign Relations and
a board member for the Center for Justice and International
with Mariclaire Acosta: "Democratic
Change and Human Rights in Mexico"
Peter H. Smith
Peter H. Smith is Professor of Political
Science and Simón
Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the
University of California, San Diego. He is a specialist
on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and U.S.–Latin
American relations. His publications include 15 books and
approximately 100 book chapters and journal articles.
with Peter Smith: "Democracy and Democratization in Latin
Cara is Associate Professor and Chair of the
Department of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College
. A folklorist by training, Dr. Cara is interested
in the relationship among traditional culture,
music and literature. Her work at CLAS focused
on Jorge Luis Borges’ milonga poems
and the popular/folk Argentine tradition upon
which these song verses are modeled as well
as the theoretical issues related to creolization
in Latin America and the Caribbean . She is
the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Creolization:
Cultural Creativity in Process.
Holland is Professor of Economics at the Federal
University of Uberlândia, Brazil and a
researcher in international economics for the
National Council for Scientific and Technical
Development (CNPq). He has spent the last six
years studying the economies of Latin American
nations, especially the balance-of-payments constraints
on long-run economic growth and the exchange
Castro, a medical sociologist, leads the research
program “Society and Health” at the
Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research
at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
in Cuernavaca. His major publications include Life
in Adversity: The Meaning of Health and Reproduction
Among the Poor (2000) and Violence Against
Pregnant Women. Three Sociological Studies (2004).
His current research focuses on the sociological
determinants of violence against women in Mexico.
Estela Neves is an environmental planner affiliated
with the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janerio.
She specializes in environmental policies and management,
particularly at the local government level. Originally
trained as an architect and urban planner, Neves
has 18 years of professional experience in environmental
planning and has worked as a consultant with the
World Bank, United Nations and various government
ministries in Brazil. She is currently at Berkeley
researching environmental policies and municipal
development in Brazil.
Novaro earned a doctorate in philosophy at the
University of Buenos Aires and is a specialist
in Constitutional Law and Political Science.
He is currently directing an investigation titled “Two
Decades of Democracy in Argentina — Creation
of an Oral History Archive,” funded by
the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas
y Tecnológicas and by the Fondo Nacional
de Ciencia y Tecnología. Previously he
worked as a consultant for the United Nations
Sehnbruch has just completed her Ph.D. on the Chilean
Labor Market at Cambridge University. She has spent
the last five years researching the labor market
in Chile and has worked as a consultant to the
Chilean government on a range of issues related
to the labor market, the new unemployment insurance
and the pension system.
presented a discussion on the Chilean
labor market as part of the Bay
Area Latin American Forum this spring.
Barros de Castro,
Lavinia Barros de Castro is an
economist at the Brazilian Development Bank
(BNDES) and teaches
Brazilian Economic History at the Brazilian Institute
of Capital Markets (IBMEC), Rio de Janeiro. She
is a doctoral student in social sciences in the
Post-Graduate Program in Development, Agriculture
and Society at the Universidade Federal Rural
do Rio de Janeiro (CPDA – UFRRJ) and has
recently written and organized a book on Brazilian
economic history (2004). Currently, she is doing
research for her dissertation on investment finance
in economic development, comparing the evolution
of the Brazilian and Korean financial systems
during the period 1960–2000.
Sabbatini teaches international and Brazilian
economics at the Faculdades de Campinas, Brazil.
A doctoral student in economics at the State
University of Campinas (UNICAMP), he is at
Berkeley researching the potential effects
of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) on the Brazilian economy, concentrating
on foreign direct investment and multinational
Farah Schwartzman, United States
Farah Schwartzman is a doctoral student in
sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She is currently doing research for her dissertation
on the implementation of affirmative action
policies in Brazil and how they relate to the
national public debate on race and social inequality.
Before starting her Ph.D., Luisa received a
bachelor’s degree in economics from the
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and completed
a master’s program in Latin American
studies at Stanford.