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Meet CIPR's 2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellows

August 29th, 2016

CIPR is pleased to introduce our three new, and one returning, post-doctoral researchers. Their research all focuses on critical policy issues facing the Americas, but ranges from protests in Mexico, to social movements in Bolivia, to US foreign policy towards both Venezuela and immigration.

Dr. Rachel Navarre’s current research focuses on expanding her dissertation, which explored why politicians chose immigration regularizations in the past, by looking at why immigration reform hasn’t happened in the US. This year, Navarre especially looks forward to a panel discussion she’s organizing with CIPR, in October, to discuss the role of immigration in the 2016 elections, particularly how immigration policy can affect our relationship with immigrant-sending countries in Latin America.

Dr. Jessica Price studies the dynamics of protest, particularly in indigenous areas, in southern Mexico. She is currently expanding her dataset of protest events to include the state of Yucatan, adding on to her dissertation which focused on Chiapas and Oaxaca. Additionally, she is working on a project about why indigenous protesters in Mexico make demands for legal rights, but do not tend to use the courts or formal legal systems to advance these demands. This fall she is teaching Introduction to Comparative Politics.

Much of Dr. Timothy Gill’s work focuses on US foreign policy towards Venezuela, particularly over the last two decades. More broadly he is also working on a piece on how sociological theory can inform work on US foreign policy in the 21st Century, as well as another on how political sociologists might utilize the WikiLeaks Database to pursue innovative research questions. Dr. Gill will be teaching Foundations of Sociology this fall.

Dr. Santiago Anria is continuing on in his second year at CIPR. Last year he published several articles on social movements, parties, and democracy in Latin America (links to these can be found on CIPR’s website and social media). He is putting the final reviews on a manuscript that builds on his dissertation research entitled, “Social Movements, Parties, and the Left in Latin America: The Bolivian MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) in Comparative Perspective,” which examined the dynamic relationships between grassroots movements and the governing MAS. In addition to furthering his research, Dr. Anria will be co-coordinating a faculty workshop focused on the challenges that poverty and inequality pose in contemporary societies. As an aside, he is working on a co-authored article about participatory politics and patterns of mobilization that undergird the development of social policy in Brazil and Bolivia.

CIPR is devoted to promoting inter-hemispheric research and the dissemination of knowledge. We are happy to have such a thoughtful, interesting group of post-doctoral researches to aid in this mission.