CLACS Director, Faculty, and Staff

Richard Snyder, Director

Richard Snyder is Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he is also Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Snyder’s research focuses on the comparative politics of development, comparative political economy, and Latin American politics. He is the author of Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Passion, Craft and Method in Comparative Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, with Gerardo L. Munck), which was named “one of the best books published in 2007” by Foreign Policy, Spanish edition. Snyder has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, including “Does Lootable Wealth Breed Disorder? A Political Economy of Extraction Framework” (Comparative Political Studies, 2006), which received the Best Article Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). His other articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science; Comparative Politics; Crime, Law and Social Change; Desarollo Económico; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Democracy; Política y Gobierno; Studies in Comparative International Development; and World Politics. Internationally, Snyder’s research has been published by journals in Argentina, Colombia, France, Mexico, and Spain and has been translated into French, Korean, Persian, and Spanish.

Jeremy Mumford, Latin American Studies Concentration Advisor 

Jeremy Mumford is a Lecturer in the Department of History and director of the Andean Project at Brown University. He is a historian of the colonial Andes. His first book, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes (Duke University Press, 2012), was the first book-length study of a massive colonial social engineering project carried out in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru in the 1570s. It won honorable mention for Best Book Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies, and was the subject of a symposium in September 2013 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Jeremy Mumford has published peer-reviewed articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin American Research Review, the Colonial Latin American Review, the Canadian Historical Review, and other journals, including the Boston Globe Ideas Section. He is on the Board of Editors for the journal Ethnohistoryand is Secretary of the Andean Studies Committee at the Council for Latin American History. He has presented his research, which has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship from the Department of Education, a Charlotte W. Newcombe fellowship and the Michigan Society of Fellows, at conferences in Peru, Ecuador, Spain and the United States.

Marcelo Leiras, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Marcelo Leiras is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Social Sciences, as well as Director of the Master’s Program in Public Administration and Policy at Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He is also Adjunct Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (Conicet-Argentina). His current work explores the effects of institutionalized political competition on the stability of governments and the political involvement of social elites. His research interests include democratic institutions, theories of democracy and democratization, constitutional politics, political parties and electoral behavior, federalism and multilevel governance, and Latin American politics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Politics and World Development. Recently he co-edited a volume of essays with Daniel Brinks and Scott Mainwaring: Reflections on uneven democracies: The legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Veronica Zubillaga, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Veronica Zubillaga is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. She holds a Doctorate in Sociology from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Her research interests include: Urban violence and drug trafficking in Latin America and the intersections of structural violence and social subjectivities. She has conducted extensive qualitative research with particular emphasis in ethnography.  In recent years Zubillaga has combined academia with public impact on the domain of social violence, specifically promoting an arms control and disarmament public policy in Venezuela.  Her publications include the co-authored books: Violencia Armada y Acuerdos de Convivencia en una Comunidad Caraqueña (Caracas, Editorial Equinoccio, 2015); La sociedad de la incertidumbre (IIS, UNAM, México, 2013). She has published in Current SociologyRevista Mexicana de SociologíaNueva Sociedad among others, and many book chapters. Research grants include: Fulbright Scholarship; The Open Society Foundations; the Security Challenges in the Americas Fellowship for Visiting Scholars at CLACS, Brown University. She was Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University in 2014.  In 2015-2016 academic year she will again be the Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University, and in the Spring Semester 2016 she will be a Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, at Harvard University. 

Kate Goldman, Center Manager

Kate Goldman holds a B.A. in Political Science and Modern Languages from Union College and an M.A. in Spanish American Literature from Rutgers University. Prior to joining CLACS, she worked as a translator, editor and teacher in the United States and Chile. 

Seth Stulen, Outreach Coordinator

 Seth Stulen holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. While pursuing his Master’s Degree, Seth completed a field practicum at the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development working in the Directorate for Marine, Coastal, and Aquatic Affairs. His Master’s thesis and capstone presentation examined the decentralization of natural resource management through a case study of Colombia’s decentralized framework for marine and coastal conservation. Seth’s previous work experience is highlighted by three years of service in Panama with the Peace Corps as an Environmental Health Extensionist and Regional Coordinator. 

Emma Strother, CLACS and Botín Undergraduate and Alumni Coordinator

Emma Strother graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a degree in International Relations focusing on Latin America. She has published articles on the threats to women human rights defenders in Central America, the OAS "Sixth Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity," and Venezuelan youth orchestras for social change in the Council on Hemispheric Affairs' Washington Report on the Hemisphere. Her undergraduate honors thesis Political Economy and Global Arts for Social Change: A Comparative Analysis of Youth Orchestras in Venezuela and Chile examines the influence of political-economic context on the implementation of public arts programs. 

Oriana van Praag, Student Assistant
Oriana is a first year student at Brown. She graduated from Santiago de León High School in Caracas, Venezuela in 2013 and from United World College Costa Rica in 2015. She is considering double concentrating in Development Studies and Economics, with a focus on Latin America.  

Katherine Chavez, Student Assistant

Katherine Chavez is a first-year undergraduate student at Brown University, where she intends to study both Art History and Latin American Studies, focusing on Latin American art. A native of Los Angeles, California, she participated in the High School Internship Program for two years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and graduated from Grover Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School in June of 2015. In the past, she has also been involved with the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.