CLACS Director 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.

José Itzigsohn, Concentration Advisor

José Itzigsohn graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1995. He is the author of "Developing Poverty" (Penn State, 2000). This book compares the formation of the informal economy in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and analyzes how different state policies affect the structure of the labor market and policies. He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on racial identity formation and the emergence of panethnicity among first and second generation immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, and on the transnational aspects of immigrant lives.

María Esperanza Casullo, Cogut Visiting Professor

María Esperanza Casullo holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University. She is a professor at Universidad Nacional de Río Negro and a visting proffesor at the MA in Political Science at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. She has published articles in journals such as Social Movements Studies, The Handbook of Latinamerican Studies of the Library of Congress and Revista Política y Gestión, as well as book chapters. Her current project is a comparative study of populist discourse in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela  She will be teaching on the comparative study of populist government in Latin America and Latinamerican political systems at Brown University. 

Susan Hirsch, Center Administrative Manager

Susan Hirsch, a graduate of George Washington University, has supported and coordinated the Center's work for ten years as Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator. Previously, Susan also served as Program Coordinator for the Program for Political Economy and Development at the Watson Institute and as Administrative Assistant for the Brown University Center for Biomedical Engineering. As Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator, Susan organizes an assortment of lectures, seminars and receptions, oversees the undergraduate concentration, and manages the Center's many grants and fellowships.

Kate Goldman, Outreach Coordinator

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. Kate's responsibilities at the Center include providing logistical support for events such as lectures and conferences, developing program publications and publicity materials, and managing web design and maintenance. She also will be responsible for planning and logistics for the Botín Scholars Program.

Emma Strother, Student Assistant

Emma Strother is a Junior at Brown, concentrating in International Relations with a focus on Latin America. She has worked for the US Office on Colombia—a foreign policy advocacy group addressing issues of forced displacement, extrajudicial killings, targeted human rights defenders and indigenous rights—in Washington, DC, and at the National Museum of the American Indian. 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 Venezuela's El Sistema in the Council on Hemispheric Affairs' Washington Report on the Hemisphere.  Her interests include women’s rights movements in Central America and music as a means for social change. She loves to travel to new places and to play the violin.