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Nina Hrycak

Fellow Emerita Dr. Hrycak continues to be involved in activities related to community development, refugees and immigrants, and international health and development.  She has served on numerous committees and projects related to these research interests.  In recent years, she has focused on issues of social justice and community engagement.  She has presented at national and international conferences on issues impacting refugees and immigrants, specifically Central American refugees.  She has served on the board of the Canadian Association for Participatory Development, a project activity mainly in Colombia South America.  Her international interests have taken her to sites in many countries of the world with NGO and faith-based organizations where she has conducted community health workshops, team building activities, assisted in orphanages and even visited a prison in Ukraine.  Dr. Hrycak is a recent recipient of the Long Service award by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) in recognition of more than 40 years in the profession of registered nursing.

Pablo Policzer, Director

LARC Director Pablo Policzer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. A specialist in comparative politics, his research focuses on the evolution of violent conflict - especially among armed actors such as militaries, police forces, and non-state armed groups - in authoritarian and democratic regimes. He held the Canada Research Chair in Latin American Politics (2005-2015), and is a Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, He was also an active Fellow at the Latin American Research Centre before being appointed Director in 2015. His book The Rise and Fall of Repression in Chile (Notre Dame University Press, 2009) was named a Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Title", and won the 2010 award for best book in Comparative Politics from the Canadian Political Science Association. He obtained his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his BA (Honours, First Class) in political science from the University of British Columbia. 

Pascal Lupien

Pascal Lupien is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean. He received his PhD in Political Science and his M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Guelph, and holds a Master’s in Information Studies from the Université de Montréal and a B.A. in Politics from McGill University. Dr. Lupien’s research interests revolve around democratic innovation, civil society, political communication and technology, and the factors that enhance or diminish the capacity of marginalized communities to participate in politics. His book, Citizens’ Power in Latin America: Theory and Practice (SUNY Press, 2018), looks at how local communities in Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile use participatory democracy mechanisms to pursue collective social development goals. His previous research examined the impact of Indigenous social movements on integrating the concept of plurinacionalidad into the constitutional reform processes in Bolivia and Ecuador.  Dr. Lupien’s current research considers the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on the capacity of organizations representing Indigenous and Black minorities in Latin America to pursue their interests and to engage in effective political communication.

Raj Rangayyan

Fellow Emeritus

B.E. in Electronics and Communication (University of Mysore, India)
Ph.D. in Electrical (Biomedical) Engineering (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
P.Eng., Province of Alberta, Canada

Rita Henderson

Department of Community Health Sciences

Roberta Rice

Roberta Rice received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, USA in 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Her book The New Politics of Protest: Indigenous Mobilization in Latin America’s Neoliberal Era (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012) was nominated for the 2014 Comparative Politics prize by the Canadian Political Science Association. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latin America Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Party Politics. She is currently working on a comparative project on Indigenous rights and representation in Canada and Latin America funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her cases include Yukon and Nunavut alongside Ecuador and Bolivia. 

Scott Raymond

Fellow Emeritus, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Shawn England

Shawn England is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University (MRU). He completed both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree at the University of Calgary before finishing his PhD in Latin American history at Arizona State University. Recent publications include the article, “Mexicans are Good Flyers: Militarized Airpower, Aviation Idols, and Aviation Diplomacy in Revolutionary Mexico” (Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 40, no. 3) and “Magonismo, the Revolution, and the Anarchist Appropriation of an Imagined Mexican Indigenous Identity,” a chapter of In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin America. He teaches undergraduate courses on US and Latin American history at MRU, including Topics in American Cultural History, “American Fear: Conspiracism, Political Paranoia, and Moral Panic since Colonial Times” and Topics in the History of the Americas, “The United States and Latin America during the Cold War” His current research focuses on the American Indian Federation and other anti-Semitic groups in the United States and northern Mexico during the 1930s. 

Simon Granovsky-Larsen

Simon Granovsky-Larsen is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina, and a fellow of both the Latin American Research Centre and the York University Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. His research draws on more than ten years of collaboration with grassroots movements and human rights defenders in Guatemala, and focuses on political violence and social movements since the end of armed conflict in 1996. Currently, he is completing a project on the Guatemalan campesino movement and beginning another on the role of paramilitary groups in supporting “mega-development” projects such as mines and hydroelectric dams. Dr. Granovsky-Larsen is working on two book manuscripts: Dealing with Peace: The Guatemalan Campesino Movement and the Post-War Neoliberal State, which is under advanced contract with University of Toronto Press, and Organized Violence and the Expansion of Capital, an edited volume in progress. 

Stephen J. Randall FRSC

Fellow Emeritus Stephen J. Randall is Faculty Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. He served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (1994-2006) at the University of Calgary. He held previous appointments at McGill University (1974-1989) and the University of Toronto (1971-1974).  He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; holds the Order of Merit, Grand Cross and Order of San Carlos from Colombia.;  he held a Fulbright Chair at American University  in Washington DC (2007).  He has worked with the UN, OAS and Carter Presidential Center on elections in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela, Jamaica and Cambodia. He has worked on and in Colombia since the late 1960s. His most recent books are: United States foreign oil policy since World War I. (2005); the authorized biography of Alfonso López Michelsen, President of Colombia (1974-1978) by Villegas Editores in Bogotá (2007). His study of Colombian-American relations: Frente a La Estrella Polar was  published by Random House Colombia in Spanish in 2017.