Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Visiting Faculty

FALL 2019

Iria Puyosa- Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Researcher in political communication and civil society. Current research interests: Networked social movements, information disorders, and civil resistance under authoritarian regimes. Ph.D. in Higher Education Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as graduate training in survey-based research and strategic communication. Use both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has taught postgraduate courses in ICTs & Political Processes, Public Opinion & Social Media, Media & Politics, Research Methods in Digital Spaces, Political Communication, Radical Communication, and Social Networks Analysis in universities in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia. Currently, serving as chair in the Section on Venezuelan Studies of the Latin American Studies Association.

Maria Cabrera Arus- Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Photo of Maria Cabrera Arus

María A. Cabrera Arús, Ph.D. (Sociology, New School for Social Research), studies the impact of fashion and domestic material culture on regime stability and legitimation, with a geographical focus on the Caribbean region during the Cold War. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Theory & Society,Contexts, and Cuban Studies, and book anthologies, including The Revolution from Within and the forthcoming The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures. 

Cabrera Arús is also the author of the New Challenge Award for Social Innovation winning project Cuba Material, an archive of Cuban material culture from the Cold War era, and co-curator of the exhibitions Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design (September 17 – October 1, 2015) and Cuban Finotype and Its Materiality, at Cabinet magazine (October 21, 2015).

Estevão Rafael Fernandes-  Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Professor Fernandes is an anthropologist and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies on the Americas from the University of Brasilia. He is the author of dozens of articles published in academic journals in Brazil, Colombia, Poland, the United States, Venezuela and Portugal (available here: https://independent.academia.edu/estevaofernandes). As a coordinator of the Amazonian Laboratory of Studies in Latin America at the University of Rondonia in the Brazilian Amazon, he develops research on topics such as indigenous peoples, postcolonialism, coloniality and queer studies. He is currently working on the effects of colonization on indigenous sexualities in Brazil and Latin America. On this subject he is the author of two books: Existe índio gay? (Prismas, 2017) and Gay Indians in Brazil (Springer, 2017). He is now working on two other books about native queerness in Latin America.


Debora Diniz -  Visiting Scholar CLACS

Debora Diniz

An anthropologist by training, Debora’s research spans several issues including reproductive and sexual rights, disability, criminal justice and prison reform, and public health. 

Debora has extensive experience arguing cases on issues including abortion and marriage equality before Brazil’s Supreme Tribunal—the equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court. Since Zika first emerged in Brazil, Debora has conducted research, led communications and advocacy initiatives, and implemented community-based projects in areas hardest hit by the virus. In 2018, she brought a case before the Supreme Tribunal that challenged the criminalization of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

 A documentarian, Debora’s has produced eight films that have received more than 50 awards. Severina’s Story, a 2005 documentary shot and produced by Debora—the first documentary to be shown before the Supreme Tribunal—helped pave the way for the legalization of abortion in cases of anencephaly.   Her most recent film Zika chronicles the lives of five women affected by the virus.  

Debora served as a professor of the law department at University of Brasília and at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and as a visiting fellow at Yale Law School. She is also a visiting scholar at Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Debora is the author of Zika: From Brazilian Backlands to Global Threat, and is a is a regular contributor to El País and Marie Claire, Brazil. Now she is the deputy director of International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere.

Michele Mericle - Visiting Scholar CLACS

Michelle Mericle 

Specializations: Crypto-religion, Judaism, mentality, gender, and everyday life in colonial Mexico

Recent Visiting Faculty


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)