COVID-19 Pandemic in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Ambassador Manuel Caceres holds a Law Degree from the Catholic University of Asuncion, Paruaguay, and a Master of Laws (Legum Magister LL.M.) degree from Harvard University in 1987. Ambassador Caceres is a career diplomat from the Republic of Paraguay. Ambassador to the United States of America since January of 2019, he has also occupied key diplomatic positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as abroad. Ambassador Caceres has twice served as Paraguay’s Deputy Foreign Minister, from 2002 to 2003 and again in 2013. He held the position of Vice Minister for Economic Relations and Integration from 2010 to 2013, acting as Paraguay’s senior international trade negotiator. He was first appointed Ambassador in 1997, to the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium, until 2001. He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Argentina in 2004, as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States from 2005 to 2009 and as Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil from 2014 until his current appointment.
Andrea Siqueira is a lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Hamilton-Lugar School of Global and International Studies, where she teaches undergraduate courses on global health and environment, human rights, and health and rights. Professor Siqueira is a social-cultural anthropologist, and her research focuses on rural and urban populations of the Brazilian Amazon, gender, health, environment, household economy, food studies, social movements, and human rights. She is affiliated with the Dept of Anthropology, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Food Studies, and the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (Dept of Anthropology and Geography).
Óscar Martínez is an award-winning Salvadoran investigative journalist and co-founder of elfaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America providing in-depth coverage of migration, violence and organized crime in Central America. Martínez has received numerous awards for his journalism. In 2008, he won Mexico’s Fernando Benítez National Journalism Award; in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador; in 2016, The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded him an International Press Freedom Award. In 2016, he was also, awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, which honors journalists for their outstanding coverage of the Americas. He is the author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (for which he was awarded the WOLA-Duke Book Award in 2014) and the recent A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America. His new book, El Niño de Hollywood (forthcoming in 2018), is about a member of the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) who was assassinated in El Salvador for cooperating with law enforcement.
Miguel Rodriguez Mondoñedo is a linguist. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. He was Assistant Professor at Indiana University (Bloomington, and now he is Professor of Linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, where he currently serves as Associate Dean for the College of Humanities. His research interests are focused on Theoretical Grammar, in particular in the structure, distribution, interpretation and acquisition of nominal expressions. His research is focused on the syntax of Spanish Peruvian dialects, as well as on Peruvian Sign Language. He has been an invited editor for Lingua (2012), and has published a variety of articles and book chapters in various countries. Currently, he is the Principal investigator of a research team writing a Grammar and a Dictionary of Peruvian Sign Language (LSP). He has been doing work on LSP, including consultancy for government agencies dealing with education for the Deaf in Peru.
Rubén Ruíz Guerra is the director of the Center for Research on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is a Historian of religious diversity in Latin America. He has conducted research on International Relations among Latin American countries during the XIX century. His book on the history of Methodism in Mexico was a groundbreaking study on the matter, with a special emphasis on the changes in behavior and Outlook of Methodist converts and the challenges they faced in a considered Catholic society. His book on the relations between Mexico and North Andean countries was the first written survey on 200 years of history. He lectured in Latin American, North American, and West European countries.
Professor César Félix-Brasdefer, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Alysa Schroff is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.