year CLAS sponsors an outstanding group of visiting scholars.
The group ranges from area specialists to public
intellectuals and practitioners. Visiting scholars give public
talks and participate fully in the intellectual life at CLAS.
Sergio Aguayo is a leading scholar and
commentator on human rights in Mexico. He has been
actively involved in the promotion of democracy and
human rights through such organizations as Civic Alliance
and the Mexican Academy of Human Rights. Professor
Aguayo teaches at El Colegio de Mexico's Center for
Echaveste is a Lecturer in Residence at Berkeley’s
Boalt Hall School of Law and the co-founder of the Nueva
Vista Group, a consulting firm that works with nonprofit
organizations, associations and corporations on such issues
as immigration, health care, telecommunications, labor
and finances. From 1998 to 2001, Echaveste served as assistant
to the president and deputy chief of staff to President
Bill Clinton. She also specialized in international issues
related to Latin America. From 1997 to 1998, Echaveste
was director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White
House and the administrator of the Labor Department’s
Wage and Hour Division from 1993 to 1997.
Sehnbruch is a Senior Scholar and Lecturer at the Center
for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, where she
is teaches Latin American development and labor markets.
She worked as a consultant to the Chilean government
on a range of issues related to employment policy,
unemployment insurance and the pension system. Her
Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin
American Labor Markets” was published
by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2006 (click here
to download an
order form with a discount). Sehnbruch’s
research interests focus on labor policies in Latin
America, labor and social policies in Chile, and on
applications of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach.
She originally received her PhD from the University
of Cambridge. Currently, Sehnbruch is writing a book
on Chile’s recent development process with Professor
Gabriel Palma of Cambridge University.
Sehnbruch's website for her publications.
Ines Nicholls, Ph.D.
Nicholls has taught "Perspectives
on Sustainable Rural Development in Latin America" at
UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Santa Clara University
since 2002. She
professionals involved in rural development to understand
that the challenges of agriculture go beyond technical
problems and include socioeconomic, environmental, cultural
and political dimensions. Solutions may involve activities
at all levels from local to international. Dr. Nicholls
is deeply committed to participatory research,
where farmers not only help shape the
research agenda but also conduct and evaluate
the research and use the results.
She is co-author of three books and more than 30 scientific
articles on agroecology and rural development.
Adams received her degrees from the University
of Cambridge and the University of Essex,
was a postdoctoral research
fellow at the Department of Sociology at
the University of California at Berkeley, and
an assistant professor of sociology in Hong Kong
for five years. She is currently writing
a book for the University of
Texas Press, Art and Human Rights:
Women against Pinochet, focusing on the mothers of
the disappeared and shantytown women in Pinochet's
Chile and their protest through art. Her work
has appeared in Sociological Quarterly, The Journal
of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Sociology,
Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum,
Sociological Inquiry, and the Journal of Comparative
DeSando is a doctoral candidate in the Department
of Anthropology at the University of California,
Santa Barbara. Her dissertation Aesthetics
and Citizenship: Women and Cultural Policy in Cuba examines
how citizenship and feelings of belonging in
Cuba are affected by the way that everyday life,
development discourse and government policy combine
to create a paradigm of who is a good citizen.
This study is based on fieldwork with the women’s programs
of a community development project in Havana and
from training classes for cultural development
workers at the Ministry of Culture. Desando is
also finishing two articles on food and tourism
in Cuba. After completing her doctorate she hopes
to return to a project that examines the links
between development organizations, the state and
local AfroPeruvian women’s groups in Peru.
Frank is a professor at the University of Blumenau,
in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, teaching
in the graduate program in Environmental Engineering
and the undergraduate program in Production Engineering.
Her main activities are related to participative
management of water resources, water basin councils,
the Itajaí river basin and
training for environmental management. She is the
coordinator of the Piava Project which was proposed
to develop a public policy for water protection
in the Itajaí river basin (www.comiteitajai.org.br).
She also takes part of the Marca Dagua Project
which is working to monitor and evaluate the water
councils in Brazil over the long term (www.marcadagua.org.br).
Perla Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Political
Science and Latin American Studies at Ohio University.
He is currently on leave as a UC President’s
Postdoctoral Fellow. During 2007–08 Dr.
Perla will be a visiting scholar at CLAS, where
he will be finishing his book manuscript entitled Revolutionary
Deterrence: U.S. Coercion & Transnational Resistance
by Sandinista Nicaragua. The book documents
the strategies and tactics used by the Sandinista
Front for National Liberation (FSLN) to resist
the Reagan Administration’s efforts to oust
them from power. It traces the domestic, international
and transnational strategies that Nicaraguans both
at home and in the diaspora used to sway U.S. public
opinion to oppose Reagan’s policy and deter
him from escalating the conflict. Specifically,
this includes analysis of transnational sub-state
actors such as religious and secular NGOs, the
Central American Diaspora and the Solidarity Movement
in the U.S., as well as their impact on public
opinion, media framing of the conflict and government