CLACS Director, Faculty and Staff

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.

José Carlos Orihuela, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies 

José Carlos Orihuela is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Catholic University of Peru, specializing in the political economy of natural resources and the environment. His research has been published in Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and the European Journal of Development Research. He co-authored The Developmental Challenges of Mining and Oil: Lessons from Africa and Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Professor Orihuela has been a fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown, and the SSRC Drugs, Security and Democracy Program. He holds an MPA/ID from Harvard University and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

Maritza Paredes, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Maritza Paredes is an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Peru in the Department of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the intersection of the management of natural resources and the dynamics of political organizations and institutions and the relationship between dependency on extraction industries, the formation of the State, ethnic politics, collective action and contentious politics. She is the co-author of Ethnicity and the Persistence of Inequality: The Case of Peru (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and The Developmental Challenges of Mining and Oil: Lessons from Africa and Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her research has been published in journals such as World Development and Oxford Development Studies. She has been a fellow at the Centre for Research on Inequality, Security and Ethnicity at Oxford University (2006-2010) and previously at CLACS (2010-2012). She holds an MPA from Columbia and a PhD in International Development from Oxford.


Verónica Zubillaga, Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Verónica 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 passions and interests include: urban violence and drug trafficking in Latin America and youth violence and the intersections of structural violence and social subjectivities. She has conducted extensive qualitative research with an emphasis on ethnography.  In recent years, Zubillaga has combined her academic research with work that has a public impact in the domain of social violence, specifically promoting arms control and disarmament policy in Venezuela. She has published extensively in Spanish and English. Her publications include the book La sociedad de la incertidumbre, with Hugo José Suárez and Guy Bajoit (IIS, UNAM, México, 2013). She also has published in journals such as Current Sociology, Revista Mexicana de Sociología, and Nueva Sociedad. Her forthcoming book chapter is “Chismosas and Alcahuetas:  Being the mother of an empistolado within the everyday armed violence of a Caracas barrio” in: Javier Auyero, Philippe Bourgois, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Editors), Violence at the Urban Margins. New York: Oxford University Press (2015). In 2014, Professor Zubillaga was awarded the Security Challenges in the Americas Fellowship for Visiting Scholars at CLACS, Brown University in 2014 and a Fulbright Scholarship to work in her research about women and drug trafficking in a Caracas barrio (2012).

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, Student Assistant

Emma Strother is a Senior 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.

Emma Phillips, Student Assistant

Emma Phillips is a sophomore at Brown, concentrating in Urban Studies and focusing on Latin America. She has worked in California as a special education aide and translator for disabled students whose first language is Spanish. Last year she studied in Buenos Aires and created a Global Independent Study Project surrounding urban agriculture in the city. Her interests center on the intersection of environmentalism and women’s empowerment in the developing world, and she is currently working with a team of engineers to create an innovative rainwater harvesting system to be scaled in rural areas with minimal infrastructure. She is very interested in sustainable farming and land use policy, and hopes to study in Havana.