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Tulane University

Rachel Schwartz

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rachel Schwartz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019. Beginning in Fall 2020, she will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Otterbein University.

Rachel’s research focuses on the legacies of armed conflict, state building, corruption, and institutional change in Central America. Her book manuscript in-progress, titled Constructing the Criminal State: The Institutional Legacies of Civil War in Central America, examines how conflict dynamics can introduce alternative, often predatory rules within the state apparatus, which undermine political and economic development well into times of peace. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright IIE Program and the United States Institute for Peace, as well as UW-Madison’s Institute for Legal Studies, Institute for Regional and International Studies, and Political Science Department.

Rachel’s work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, NACLA Report on the Americas, Americas Quarterly, and World Politics Review. She previously worked at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC, coordinating programs and publications on citizen security and migration in Central America and Mexico and Congressional outreach. Rachel received her B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College in 2011.

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FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at OR Valerie McGinley at