Political Science

Carla Alberti is a graduate student in the political science department from Chile. Her research focuses on issues of ethnicity, local democracy, and customary governance in Latin America. Currently, she is conducting field research in Bolivia for her dissertation funded by a Fulbright fellowship.

Catalina Arreaza is a student from Bogotá, Colombia, interested in International Relations and Comparative Politics in Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and a M.A. in International Affairs from New School University, New York. Before being awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her M.A degree, Catalina served as a Human Rights Consultant for the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also worked on several research projects with distinct faculty members of Universidad de los Andes. Prior to starting her Ph.D at Brown, she worked as coordinator for Universidad de los Andes' Center for International Studies. Her most recent publications include two co- authored book chapters, focusing on the nexus between violent non-state actors and drug-trafficking in Colombia (with A.B. Tickner and D. García, 2011), and on the role played by international actors in peacebuilding initiatives in Colombia (with A.C. Mason, 2012).

Rebecca Bell Martin is a graduate student studying comparative politics and international relations with special interests in Latin American studies, political violence, transnational organized crime, and the cultural manifestations of power and violence. Her current research includes the sociocultural power of transnational criminal organizations and organized crime's use of extra-lethal violence. Rebecca earned her M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School and earned her B.A. with honors from Whittier College, where she triple-majored in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, and Spanish Language.

Diego Diaz is a Ph.D. candidate from Santiago, Chile. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Prior to initiation of his PhD studies, Diego worked as a regional consultant for UNDP in the project "Pluralizing and Extending a Network of Actors for Citizens' Democracy in Latin America." Currently, he is a Fulbright scholar and holds a fellowship from the Chilean government. His main field is comparative politics, focusing on Latin America. Particularly, he is interested in the determinants of programmatic and non-programmatic institutionalization of democracy in Latin America, as well as the different forms that party system institutionalization can take -programmatic, non-programmatic, and the several combinations in-between- and how this is affected by diverse political and economic variables. 

Jazmin Sierra is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Brown University specializing in comparative and international political economy with a regional focus in Latin America. She earned her M.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a B.A. in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Her research interests include the developmental state, state-business relations, geopolitics of oil and Brazilian politics. Her dissertation, which explores the role of the state in the emergence of developing country multinational corporations, has received funding from the Social Science Research Council (IDRF-SSRC). She has conducted fieldwork in Brazil, Chile and Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently a graduate fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies.