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Argentina

Transnationalism and Comparative Development in South America

Lecturers

Lecturers typically include:

Argentina

Silvina Merenson, PhD
Silvina has a PhD in social sciences from Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento – Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social. She also has a master’s degree in social anthropology from Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social-Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales / Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IDES-IDAES/UNSAM). She is a researcher at Consejo Nacional de In Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and a professor at IDAES/UNSAM. Her research interests include the construction of extra-territorial citizenship, the processes of classification of social inequality, and memories of state terrorism in the Southern Cone.

Patricia Vargas, PhD
Patria has a bachelor’s degree and professorship in educational sciences at the National University of Patagonia. In 2004, she completed her master’s degree in sociology and political sciences at FLACSO Argentina, writing her thesis on the relationship between Bolivians, Paraguayans, and Argentines in the construction industry, analyzing the role of ethnic-national adscriptions in the world of work. In 2009, she completed her PhD in social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, with a thesis that addressed the world of the entrepreneurs-designers of the City of Buenos Aires and the moral tensions that this economic practice entails. She returned to Buenos Aires and obtained a postdoctoral scholarship from CONICET, with which she was able to deepen entrepreneurship and its relationship with the new spirit of capitalism. She also did research funded by the European Union on the world of the steel industry. In 2013 she did fieldwork with first generation students from the Arturo Jauretche University, with funding from CLACSO. She participates in the Middle Class Research Programme at IDES and researches the lifestyles of popular sectors and middle classes, always from an ethnographic perspective. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at different national and Latin American universities.

Ariela Micha, PhD
Ariela earned a PhD in social sciences from the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in partnership with the Instituto de Desarrollo Economico y Socia. She has a post-doctoral scholarship from the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), which is the Argentinian national research council. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She later graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK with a master’s degree in development studies. Her research has focused on gender studies, poverty, and cuts across the fields of labor markets and social policy.

Florencia Deich, MA Candidate
Florencia is the Transnationalism Seminar coordinator for the program. She has a graduate degree in political science and is candidate for a master´s degree in regional integration processes at Buenos Aires University, where she is also a professor. Currently, she is working as an advisor in Buenos Aires City Government and for the Mercosur Parliament. Her research focus is democracy of regional organizations from the Southern Cone.

Germán Pinazo, PhD candidate
Germán is in charge of the thematic seminar’s module on economic development. He holds a master’s degree in political economics with a focus on the Argentine economy from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. He is a doctoral candidate in social sciences at the National University of Buenos Aires. Currently, he is a professor and researcher of political economics at the National University of General Sarmiento. He is the author of several refereed articles, including “Desarrollo latinoamericano en el marco de la globalización” (2011), working papers, and other publications.

Jerónimo Montero, PhD
Jerónimo is a full-time researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), the main research institution in Argentina. He has conducted research for the Ministry of Labour (Argentina), the International Labor Organization, and the University of Manchester. His research focuses on the organization of garment production, seeking to advance policy recommendations for stopping sweatshop abuses in Buenos Aires. He is the Latin American editor for the journal Human Geography and teaches economic geography at the Faculty of Economics, Universidad de Buenos Aires. He did a one-year postdoctoral stage at the University of Manchester, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, and has PhD in human geography from Durham University. He did his undergraduate degree at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.

Hernán Soltz, PhD candidate
Hernán is in charge of the thematic seminar’s module on regional economy. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires and is a PhD candidate at the same university. He is a member of the board of the National Commission of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy and Production. He is also an adjunct researcher with the Globalization Study Program at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Buenos Aires. He teaches at several private and public universities.

Magdalena López, PhD
Magdalena has a degree in political science and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. She is the coordinator of GESP at the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC, UBA). She is a CONICET researcher based at the Gino Germani Research Institute (IIGG, UBA). She has conducted research on the role of parties, the system of government, transition, democracy and the state in Paraguay. She has articles on political philosophy and comparative politics. She is currently studying the relationship between economy and politics in contemporary Paraguay, from the perspective of political elites, critically addressing concepts such as representation, development, growth, among others.

Brasil

Ivaldo Gehlen, PhD
Ivaldo is academic coordinator of the program’s seminar in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a senior professor at Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. He holds a BS in sociology from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul; a master’s degree in sociology from UFRGS; and a PhD in sociology from the University of Paris X, Nanterre, France. He specialized in adult learning and integral rural development at the Regional Center for Adult Learning in Mexico. His research areas are social movements and agrarian reform in southern Brazil, rural settlements, inequality and social differences, social training in rural areas, agro-industry, and assessment of social realities in rural areas.

Lorena Cândido Fleury, PhD
Lorena is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Rio Grande does Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she is working with postgraduate programs in sociology and rural development. She has a master’s degree in rural development and a PhD in sociology, both from the University of Rio Grande do Sul, and a doctoral stage in Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces (LADYSS) at Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre La Défense (Paris 10). She is also a researcher with a research team that focuses on technology, environment and society. She researches society-nature relationships, focusing on environmental conflicts and development projects.

Daniel Morais Angelim, MA
Daniel is academic coordinator of the seminar in São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a BS in history and a master’s degree in anthropology. He works in the areas of migration and labor, and labor and environment with the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas. His research relates to climate change, extractivism, and energy.

Rafael Rezende, PhD Candidate
A doctoral student and master in sociology at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio De Janeiro (IESP-UERJ), Rafael holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO). He was deputy coordinator of the Center for Studies of Social Theory and Latin America (NETSAL) and received a scholarship from the Carlos Chagas Filho Foundation to support research in the state of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ).

Jean Tible, PhD
A professor in the Department of Political Science of the University of Sao Paulo (DCP-USP), he holds a BA in international relations from PUC-SP, a master’s degree from the Institute of International Relations of PUC-RJ ), and a PhD in sociology from Unicamp. He has experience in the areas of international relations and politics, with emphasis on Marx, Brazilian foreign policy, social and political revolts and movements, international relations theory, and political theory.

Paraguay

Myrian Gonzalez, MA
Myrian Gonzalez holds a degree in communications from the National University of Asunción, a higher diploma in gender and public policy, a research degree on memories of political repression in the Southern Cone, and a master’s degree in social anthropology from the Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.” She is executive director of the Center for Documentation and Studies—CDE, and is part of the work teams on issues related to human rights, gender equality and feminism, specifically women’s rights, violence, sexual rights and reproductive rights.

Patricio Dobreé, MA
Patricio holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the National University of Asunción and an MA in social anthropology from the Catholic University “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.” He is a researcher at the Centro de Documentación y Estudios–CDE. His work revolves around issues related to gender equality the care economy. He has published books and articles on these topics. He is co-coordinator of the CLACSO Working Group “Feminist Emancipatory Economy.”

Quintin Riquelme, MA
Quintin is the academic coordinator of the program’s seminar in Asunción, Paraguay. He has a master’s degree in development with a concentration in social anthropology and the environment from the National University of Asunción in Paraguay. He is a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Rural Studies and at the Center for Documentation and Studies. He also serves as department chair for the Faculty of Philosophy at the National University of Asunción. He is the author of Without Land in Paraguay: Land Conflicts and Peasant Movement (2003).

Uruguay

Alvaro Hugo Rico Fernández, PhD
Alvaro Rico is the academic coordinator of the program’s seminar in Montevideo, Uruguay. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Moscow State University, Russia, and is a senior professor and researcher at the University of the Republic in Uruguay. In recent years, he has been part of a major and groundbreaking research project on the disappeared, state terrorism, and human rights violations under the last Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985). He is working on a research project on ideology and social imagination in Uruguayan recent history.

Carlos Demasi, MA
Carlos holds a master´s degree in human sciences with focus on Latin American Studies from University of the Republic (UdeLaR), where he researched the construction of identity in Uruguay. He is a professor of history for undergraduates at UdeLaR.

Marcelo Rossal, PhD
Marcelo is a professor at University of the Republic Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences (UdeLaR) in the Department of Social Anthropology. He holds a PhD in anthropology from UdeLaR, where he researhes youth and drugs abuse in Uruguay.

Miguel Serna, PhD
Miguel Serna earned his undergraduate degree in sociology at the Universidad de la República, the oldest university in Uruguay. He went on to complete his PhD in political science at the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Back home in Uruguay, he is now a full-time professor of social sciences at the Universidad de la República and a researcher with the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores del Uruguay, a national research council. He specializes in the study of poverty, social inequality, democracy, and power structures in Latin America and has led research teams for his university and several international cooperation organizations.