Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Visiting Faculty


Luis Martin Valdiviezo Arista

Luis Martin Valdiviezo Arista Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor 

Luis Martin Valdiviezo Arista earned his Bachelor in Humanities and License in Philosophy at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He holds an EdD in Social Justice Education and an MEd in International Education from UMass-Amherst. Using intercultural, decolonial, and critical education approaches, Valdiviezo's research focuses on ethnicity, gender, social class, and formal education in Perú and Latin American societies.

Curently, Valdiviezo is a professor of Philosophy of Education, Ethics & Anthropology of Education, and Ethics in the Humanities, all at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). He is also a researcher of the International Network of Intercultural Studies-PUCP (RIDEI-PUCP). In 2020-2021, he was the Custer Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. 

Valdiviezo has worked as a consultant for the Peruvian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture on topics including intercultural education, cultural policies, and Afro-Peruvian studies. His most recent book is titled, Educación, Negritud e Interculturalidad: Ensayos en tiempos de neoliberalismo, pandemia y bicentenario en el Perú (2021). Valdiviezo has also published book chapters and articles in academic journals in Latin America and Europe on the educational situation of Afro Descendants and Indigenous Peruvians. He has written three novels and numerous short stories, some of which have obtained recognition in national and international contests. He comes from a Peruvian family with Afro-descendant, Amazonian, Andean and Hispanic roots.


Kristen Kolenz - Postdoctoral Fellow, Mellon Sawyer Seminar: Rethinking the Dynamic Interplay of Migration, Race, and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and Latin America (AY 2021-2022)          Email:     kristen_kolenz@brown.edu

Kristen A. Kolenz earned her MA and PhD in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University and her BA in philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research focuses on resistance to state violence, Central American social movements, migration, and the transformative potential of everyday practices through the lens of decolonial and transnational feminisms. She is currently working on her book manuscript, an analysis of the transnational movements and community-building practices of Central Americans subjected to forced migration, dangerous crossing conditions, and confinement. In the study, Dr. Kolenz takes an interdisciplinary methodological approach that combines ethnographic methods, her own activist practice, and performance studies. The project bridges the fields of Latin American and Latinx Studies, bringing together research conducted in Guatemala, the Sonoran Desert, and immigrant justice movements in the US. The project’s goal is to document the transformative possibilities that emerge from Central Americans’ everyday practices of coping with loss, distance, and violence and to theorize transnational belonging in resistance to white supremacy.

Lucila Nejamkis - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Fall 2021) 

Lucila Nejamkis. PhD in Social Sciences at Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her PhD thesis analysed inmigration policies in Argentina and Mercosur. She also holds a M.A. in Political Action and Citizen Participation (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos y Colegio de Abogados de Madrid, Madrid-Spain). BA in Sociology (U.B.A). Ex-PhD fellow of Conicet, and Ex-MA fellow of Community of Madrid. Current Researcher of the Technological and Scientific Research National Council (CONICET). Associate Researcher at IDAES (National University of San Martin, UNSAM) where she co-directs a migration studies center. She is also an Associate Professor at Arturo Jauretche National University. She has published numerous academic papers and chapters in books and has participated in several migration research projects dealing with a variety of subjects such as public policies, state, nationality, citizenship, and human rights in Argentina and MERCOSUR. Since 2019, co-director of the action-research “Socio-environmental strategies of women migrant workers in the Reconquista River Basin”, Buenos Aires Argentina) financed by the International Development Research Council (IDRC), Canada.



María Inclán - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (2020-2021)                           

Kamala Kempadoo

Kamala Kempadoo - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2020/ returning in the Fall of 2022)             

Kamala Kempadoo Kamala Kempadoo, of Guyana/Barbados, is a sociologist and Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at York University, Canada. She teaches Caribbean Studies, Black Radical and Black Feminist Thought, Sex Work Studies, and Critical Antitrafficking Studies and has published extensively on the Caribbean sex trade and global anti-trafficking discourses. She s currently working on a new book on racism, coloniality and anti-trafficking with Brown professor, Dr. Elena Shih. She was the Cogut Visiting Professor at CLACS for spring 2021 and will again be visiting in the spring 2022 semester.

Professor Kempadoo has served as director of the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University and temporarily as head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Studies Association. When not teaching in Toronto she lives in Barbados, where she is also associated with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill.


Visiting Professor Maria Arus

María A. Cabrera Arús - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (2019-2020)

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Estavao Rafael Fernandes - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (2019-2020)

Visting Puyosa-Prof. Iria Puyosa

Iria Puyosa - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (2019-2020)


Irma Velasquez Nimatuj - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (2018-2019)

Daina Sanchez - Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2019)

Jean Segata - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Fall 2018)


Vera Paiva - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Fall 2017)

Cecilia Rocha - UNSAM Exchange Participant (Fall 2017)

Ramiro Segura - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2018)

Lucas Gonzalez - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2018)

Vicente Lecuna - Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor (Spring 2018)


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

Daniel PartyCraig 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 Behrend - Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Lucas Christel - Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina)

Juan Pablo Luna - Pontificia 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 Bravo - Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina)


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