Ana Laura Lobo, Academic Director
By training, Ana Laura Lobo is a sociologist. She has a master’s degree in social investigation from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Through scholarships from UBA and CONICET, she has also completed doctoral work in social sciences at UBA and the National University of San Martin (UNSAM) and will defend her thesis in the coming months. Her postgraduate research was completed at the Gino Germani Research Institute, which is part of UBA’s Social Sciences Faculty. Ana Laura’s research interests include sociology, social justice and human rights, and identifying resources related to the process of social transformation using art and culture, especially dance, theater, and photography. In addition to her role as academic director, she is an adjunct professor for UNICEF and the judicial power of the province of Buenos Aires. She has been lecturing at UBA in the fields of sociology and political science and has taught a variety of courses, from Methodology to Social Construction of Collective Memory.
Much of her past professional experiences have centered on teaching, lecturing, and advising; she was a postgraduate lecturer at the Walter Benjamin Foundation in the fields of communication and sociology, and she has also taught online thesis seminars at FLACSO. Additionally, Ana Laura had the opportunity to work as an external advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Industry and Production in the area of small and medium enterprise and regional development. In her role as advisor, Ana Laura worked on the design and assessment of projects related to social and local economic development. She also serves as a technical consultant for Programa de Inclusión Social Envión, an educational and social inclusion program administered by the municipality of Avellaneda.
Ana Laura began her tenure with SIT in 2010 when she became the academic coordinator of SIT’s Regional Integration, Development, and Social Change program, also based in Buenos Aires. Shortly thereafter, in January of 2011, she joined the Social Movement and Human Rights Program as the associate director. In spring 2014, Ana Laura served as interim academic director of the program.
Eliana Ferradás, Historian, Program Coordinator
Eliana is a master’s student in journalism and social communication at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Her research focuses on Argentinean history and human rights, especially the period of Argentina’s last dictatorship (1976–1983). For several years she volunteered at La Alameda Foundation, a Buenos Aires–based NGO that fights human trafficking. Her background also includes working with and studying the phenomenon of migration in Argentina, and she has taken several courses and seminars related to gender and human rights. She did her undergraduate degree in history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has worked for SIT since 2011, broadening her knowledge on social movements and human rights.
Julieta Lucero, Journalist, Homestay and Student Affairs Coordinator
Julieta Lucero is a journalism graduate from TEA, specializing in environmental and political issues as well as human rights. She studied communication science at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and is currently attending the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) to obtain a degree in audiovisual communication. Julieta has been published in several newspapers and magazines in northern Argentina as well as Buenos Aires, specifically in Salta. She was a founding member of the Observatorio para la Promoción de Derechos de Diversidad Sexual, an NGO in Salta focused on LGBT rights. While in high school, Julieta was an AFS exchange student in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has worked for SIT in various programs and roles since 2011.
Faculty and lecturers typically include:
Pablo Vommaro, PhD, Historian
Dr. Vommaro holds a postdoctoral degree in Social Science, Childhood and Youth, from the Universidad Católica de São Paulo, Universidad de Manizales, CINDE, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and CLACSO. He holds a PhD in social sciences and a BA in history from Universidad de Buenos Aires, faculty of Philosophy and Letters, where he teaches and researches in both undergraduate and graduate schools of education sciences and history.
Dr. Vommaro is also a researcher at the Oral History Program at Universidad de Buenos Aires, a member of the Foundation for Political and Social Research, and part of the Study Group on Social Protest and Collective Action, Instituto Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires. He coordinates the CLACSO work group Youth and New Political Practices in Latin America and is involved with the Latin American Program of Distance Learning in Social Sciences. He is the author of several articles published in collections, as well as national and international journals. His areas of research are the history of urban social organizations with a territorial base, the political participation and practices of youth, oral history, and recent Argentine history.
Juan Wahren, PhD, Sociologist
Dr. Wahren is a sociologist. He holds a master’s degree in social science research and a PhD in social sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His areas of research include social movements, natural resources struggles, alternative development, territorial struggles, Latin American movements, and popular education.
He is a professor of rural sociology, popular education and social movements in Latin America and Argentina, and protest / collective action research at the Faculty of Social Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Dr. Wahren is also a researcher at the rural studies and the Latin American social movements groups at Instituto Gino Germani Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a member of the research team Rural Development: Territorial Struggles, Peasants, and Decolonialidad at Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO). He also directs investigations within the group of Social Movements and Popular Education.
Sonia Winer, PhD, Political Scientist
Dr. Winer holds a degree in political science, a master’s degree in research and Latin American studies from the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, and a PhD in social sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Currently, she is a permanent researcher from CONICET at the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (IEALC) where she directs the research team Democratic Reforms: Advocacy and Human Rights in South America. Her research areas include comparative policies of security and defense and the role of security agencies in Latin America.
She serves as academic coordinator of the Geopolitics and Defense diploma at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (UBA) and as professor of the chair Culture for Peace and Human Rights from the Faculty of Social Science of the same university.
Matías Aizenberg, Historian
Mr. Aizenberg is a history professor and received his degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is currently an associate professor teaching Problems in Argentinean History at the National University and Arturo Jauretche and Economic and Social History of Argentina at the University of Buenos Aires. He is pursuing a master’s degree in cultural sociology and cultural analysis at the National University of San Martín. His work has focused on urban studies and the history of the Peronist party.
He has published several academic articles, including a book about the history of social housing in Argentina.
Ernesto Cussianovich, MA, Economic History
Mr. Cussianovich holds an MA in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in history from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a history lecturer at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and Universidad Palermo and has also been a history lecturer at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is currently a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Cussianovich has worked and studied in France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. His teaching and research areas include Argentine and Latin American history, state theory, and public policy.