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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

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

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.

Rita Giacalone

Visiting Fellow Rita Giacalone is Professor of Economic History, Department of Economics, Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela), and Coordinator of GRUDIR (Regional Integration Research Group). She was Director of the School of Political Science, Coordinator of REDINRE (an ALFA Program network of European and Latin American universities), and Editor of Revista Venezolana de Ciencia Política and of Revista Agroalimentaria.  She has been a Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de La Plata (Argentina), and Stockholm University. She holds a Ph.D.  in History from Indiana University, and has been beneficiary of a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship. Her latest publications include “Anti-Americanism and Trade Policy in Brazil and France” (co-author: Gerry Alons) Revista Iberoamericana (Stockholm) 43 (1-2) (2013), “Latin American Answers to Mega-Regional Projects: Options and Limits” in J. Roy (ed.) A New Atlantic Community. The European Union, the US and Latin America. Miami: Jean Monnet Chair-University of Miami, 2015, and Geopolítica y Geo-economía en el proceso globalizador. Bogotá: Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, 2016.

Shawn Morton

Past Graduate Student in Residence Shawn Morton is an archaeologist with research interests in the roles of space/place, ritual, and religion in the constitution of community and community identity.  He received his PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary and a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University.  He is co-Director of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey project, an archaeological fieldschool and research project focused on the recently discovered Maya civic-ceremonial centre dubbed Tipan Chen Uitz (