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Caitlin Andrews-Lee

CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow

Caitlin Andrews-Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Her research focuses on political behavior, party systems, and democracy, with a regional emphasis on Latin America.

Caitlin is working on a book manuscript, titled, Charismatic Movement Revival in Latin America: Argentine Peronism and Venezuelan Chavismo. This work challenges the conventional wisdom that charismatic political movements must transform into institutionalized parties to survive beyond the founder’s death, contending instead that they can persist or reemerge by sustaining their personalistic nature. Using evidence from interviews, focus groups, and survey experiments that she conducted during 15 months of fieldwork in Argentina and Venezuela, she shows that citizens‘€™ deep, emotional attachments to the founder can develop into a resilient identity, which subsequent politicians can reactivate to restore the movement to power in their own name. Charismatic movements can hence survive without developing strong institutions. In doing so, however, they undermine citizens’ democratic representation and hinder the development of programmatic parties.

Caitlin’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, and P.E.O. International. She has published an article related to this project in Comparative Political Studies; she has a second article forthcoming in Comparative Politics.

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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 jhuck@tulane.edu OR Valerie McGinley at vmcgmar@tulane.edu.