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Denisse Grandas Estepa

Past Visiting Fellow Denisse Grandas Estepa is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has a masters in Development and International Aid from the University Complutense de Madrid and undergraduate degree in International Relations from University Jorge Tadeo lozano. Her main field of study is decentralized international cooperation for local development. As a visiting fellow at LARC, she is doing research about decentralized cooperation for peace-building in Colombia. Her case of study is the Province of Alberta.

Elizabeth Pando

Past Graduate Student in Residence  Elizabeth Pando is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Her studies are in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Elizabeth obtained a M.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies) and a B.A. (Philosophy) at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research interests include immigration policies in Latin America, as well as policies of transnational domestic and care work. Her dissertation looks at immigration policies in Chile adopted during the governments of Michelle Bachelet. Elizabeth is originally from the other norte, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Fernanda Argolo

Past Visiting Fellow Fernanda Argolo has a BA in Social Communication, a Master's degree in Culture and Society and a Post-Graduate degree in Public Relations. She's currently working on her PhD dissertation about the gender issues in Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment in Brazil. Her research focuses on women in politics, media and gender stereotypes, and women's social recognition. She also works with social communication in public service, in the energy sector, and as a social communication analyst in the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency. Fernanda is a junior researcher in the Center of Multidisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society - CULT (UFBA). 

Fernando E. Villegas Rivera

Past Visiting Fellow Su experiencia en el área de la investigación social, política y económica le ha permitido contribuir con su desarrollo personal en un mejor entendimiento de las problemáticas que aquejan a su estado y su país. Para Fernenado, a corto y mediano plazo, dichos conocimientos se traducirán en impactos positivos para la sociedad mexicana a través de investigaciones que permitan generar políticas públicas más eficientes y eficaces.

Graciela De Conti Pagliari

Visiting Fellow Graciela De Conti Pagliari is a Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Brasília (UnB) and her M.A. in International Relations from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Her research interests include regional security, national defense, civil-military relations, geopolitics, Latin American/South American international relations, comparative perspectives on Brazil, and Brazilian foreign policy. Her research as a Visiting Fellow at LARC focuses on cooperation-conflict dynamics in Latin America, and Brazilian security and defense policy.   

Isabel Lara

Past Graduate Student in Residence Isabel Lara is an international PhD student in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures, having arrived in Calgary from Colombia in September 2012. She is currently writing a thesis on Francisca Josefa del Castillo y Guevara, a Colombian mystic writer from the seventeenth century. While in Colombia in June 2013, Ms Lara was able to consult the various manuscripts written by Castillo y Guevara, which are today housed in the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Bogotá. Her thesis analyzes the mystical language in this author's work using the thinking of two twentieth-century theoreticians: Michel de Certeau and Georges Bataille.

Jeanne Liendo

Past Graduate Student in Residence Jeanne Liendo is an MA student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Her primary subfield of study is comparative politics, with a focus on political economy, political ideology and social movements in Latin America. She has been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to support her research, namely the hydrocarbons sector performance in left-leaning governments of Bolivia and Venezuela. In the past 15 years, she has researched and writing on Venezuela’s energy policy and politics. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Universidad Central Venezuela, from where she also graduated as Specialist in Policy and International Petroleum Trade. She also holds a Specialty in Management of the Natural Gas Business from Universidad Simón Bolívar.

Maria Cristina Parra-Sandoval

LARC Visiting Fellow Maria Cristina Parra-Sandoval has a Master of Science degree in Sociology and a PhD in Development Studies. In recent years, she has been involved in research in the area of Latin American Higher Education, with an emphasis on Higher Education Public Policies and Higher Education Internationalization. She was recently responsible for coordinating fieldwork in Canada and Spain, as part of the project on academic mobility, network building, brain drain and influence of developed countries in the constitution of the Mexican elites and national development. Additionally, Maria Cristina is responsible for a project with the Universidad del Zulia insertion in higher education internationalization process which is part of broader regional (Latin-American) research by the Grupo Internacional de Estudos e Pesquisa sobre Educação Superior (GIEPES) network.

Mariana Hipólito R. Mota

Past Graduate Student in Residence Mariana Hipólito R. Mota completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Calgary, 2017. Her doctoral dissertation was titled "From Delegations to Limits on Presidential Power: Brazil in Comparative Perspective". In Brazil, she obtained a B.A. in Economics and a M.A in Political Science at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE). She is especially interested in comparative politics, processes of democratization, Latin American politics (with an emphasis on Brazilian politics), and topics concerning the relationship between democracy and corruption.  

Ricardo Vernet

Past Graduate Student in Residence Ricardo is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree from McMaster University. His current project examines the factors that led to the failure of Haiti’s peasant-led democratization. The study develops a path-dependent approach that incorporates domestic and international structures to provide a clear picture of this phenomenon. His research interest is in comparative politics, democracy promotion, state failure, and Caribbean politics.