Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Visiting Faculty


Vera Paiva, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Fall 2017) is a professor at Universidade de São Paulo’s (USP) Social Psychology Department, an instructor in the graduate program, and an adviser in the Psychology, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health programs. In addition, she has coordinated the interdisciplinary USP Nucleus for the Study of AIDS Prevention (NEPAIDS-USP) since 1981. She has served for decades on human rights commissions, and was elected as a civil society representative to Brazil's National Council for Human Rights..

Vera’s research explores the psycho-social dynamics of inequality, sexuality, and the psycho-social dimensions of health technologies and practices with a focus on AIDS prevention and care. She has also worked as a consultant for United Nations agencies (UNESCO, WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA) and participated in research and teaching exchanges with universities in France and the United States. From 2003 to 2007, she was a researcher and visiting professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is the author of Em Tempos de Aids (1992); Evas, Marias, Liliths: As voltas do feminismo (1993); and Fazendo Arte com a Camisinha (2000); and the coordinator of the series Vulnerabilidade e direitos humanos (2012). Her work has been published in scholarly journals in Brazil and abroad, including Sex Education, Reproductive Health Matters, Global Public Health and the American Journal of Public Health.

Cecilia Rocha, UNSAM Exchange Participant (Fall 2017)

Cecilia Rocha Carpiuc is a doctoral student in political science and a researcher in the National Research System in Uruguay. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science and a MA in public policy and gender studies. Her dissertation examines the formation of collective action among domestic workers in Latin America. Given their work in the informal economy, their emotional ties with their employers, and their identities as low income ethnic and racial minority women, one would expect many barriers to organization. Rocha’s project investigates the mechanisms that make collective action among domestic workers possible. Rocha holds a 90-day residency and will be at CLACS and GPD in September-November, 2017.

Ramiro Segura, UNSAM Exchange Participant (Fall 2017)

Ramiro Segura is Professor of Urban Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de San Martín and a researcher with the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales. He holds the Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, and previously held a postdoctoral position at Berlin's Freie Universität. His research analyzes cultural heritage, urban insecurity, socio-spatial segregation, daily mobility and social inequalities in urban spaces. He is the author of Vivir afuera: Antropología de la experiencia urbana (San Martín: UNSAM 2015), and has co-edited three books on urban studies in Latin America. Segura holds a 30-day residency and will be at CLACS and GPD in November 2017.

Lucas Gonzalez, Craig M. Cogut Professor of Latin American Studies (Spring 2018)

Lucas González holds a PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame. His current research interests are federalism, redistribution, and the political economy of redistributive transfers. He also holds an MA in Political Science (University of Notre Dame), an MSc in Latin American Studies (University of Oxford), and an MA in Public Policy (Georgetown University-UNSAM). He received, among others, the Fulbright Scholarship (2003–05, 2014) and the Chevening-British Council Scholarship (2002–03). He was assistant editor of the newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section in Comparative Politics (2005–07). He is researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín and Universidad Católica Argentina. He has coauthored two books and written articles in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, the last ones published in The Journal of PoliticsLatin American Research Review, Publius: The Journal of FederalismAmérica Latina Hoy (Spain), Revista de Ciencia Política (Chile), and Desarrollo Económico: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina).

Vicente Lecuna, Craig M. Cogut Professor of Latin American Studies (Spring 2018)

Vicente Lecuna joined the Literature Department of the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1997, just after completing a PhD in Latin American Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Lecuna is the author of La ciudad Letrada en el planeta electrónico and co-author of Laberintos del poder, and Lenguajes de la crítica. He researches and publishes on topics ranging from populism and violence to urban design and contemporary narrative in Latin America. He is a founding member of the Anormales del arte y la Literatura, a group formed by researchers from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Simón Bolívar and Universidad Central de Venezuela. Currently Lecuna is an associate professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela, were he served as Chair (2008-2015), and the Executive President of the Board of Prodiseño, School of Visual Communication. He has been a visiting professor at Universidad de Los Andes and Rice University. In 2015 he was appointed Cisneros Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Centre for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

Since 2015 Lecuna’s research project concentrates on the construction of space, specifically on the architecture of the Venezuelan violent state through Parque Central, a massive residential and commercial complex built in downtown Caracas in the 1970s. Focusing on cultural production such as literature, photography, visual artwork, film, music, and theater that relate to or represent Parque Central, Lecuna shows that this particular complex functions as a living symbol of state-sponsored middle-class creation. As a heterotopia, Parque Central can be characterized by an amnesic illusion for isolation and the denial of Caracas’s past and current cultural reality. 

Recent Visiting Faculty


Jimena Ponce de León - Sarmiento Research Fellow (Fall 2016)

Daniel Party – Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2017)

Florencia Malbrán -Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2017)

Guillermo Wilde - Sarmiento Research Fellow (Spring 2017)


Verónica Zubillaga, Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela)

Marcelo Leiras, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina)

Jacqueline BehrendUniversidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Lucas ChristelUniversidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Juan Pablo LunaPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Ricardo Lagos Escobar, Former President of Chile


Maritza Paredes, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

José Carlos Orihuela, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Verónica Pérez, Universidad de Buenos Aires  

Lucas González, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Álvaro Fernández BravoUniversidad de San Andrés (Argentina)


María Esperanza Casullo, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro (Argentina)