Scholars and Visitors

Each 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.

Applying for affiliation with CLAS

Senior Scholars

Maria Echaveste, senior scholar at CLASMaria Echaveste

Maria Echaveste has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. She has lectured at UC Berkeley's School of Law and was affiliated with the UC Berkeley Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy.  She is currently working on immigration, civic engagement, labor rights and education. She is an affiliate of the Berkeley Food Institute, a multi-disciplinary center at UC Berkeley, focused on transforming our nation’s food system. She specializes in international issues related to Mexico and Latin America, including being named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Special Representative to Bolivia in 2009.  From 1998 to 2001, Echaveste served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. 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. 


Visiting Scholars

Affiliates (non-resident)


Carlos Milani, visiting scholar at CLAS Berkeley, 2017.Carlos Milani
Brazil, 2017 

Carlos R. S. Milani is an Associate Professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University’s Institute for Social and Political Studies (IESP-UERJ). He is also a Senior Research Fellow with Brazil’s National Research Council (CNPq) as well as the Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation (FAPERJ), and Associate Editor of the Brazilian Political Science Review.  His research agenda focuses on Brazilian foreign policy, international development politics, and comparative foreign policy.  During his stay at Berkeley, he will be writing a book, provisionally titled, South-South Cooperation and Foreign Policy Agendas: Comparing the Cases of Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.  More information on his research, teaching and publications can be found at


Past Visiting Scholars and Researchers


Denise Dresser


Tómas McKay


Ricardo Lagos


Alma Guillermoprieto


Maria Beatriz Salles


Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado


Veronica Maria Sol Herrera


Kent Eaton


Elizabeth Havice


Barbara Lamas


Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas


Kent Eaton 


Elizabeth Havice  


Moises Lino e Silva


Tamara Silva Comargo 


Zil Miranda 


Barry Carr


Jean-Paul Faguet


Kent Eaton 


Kirsten Sehnbruch 


Luciana Andressa Martins de Souza 


Sergio Aguayo


Kirsten Sehnbruch


Clara Ines Nicholls


Jacqueline Adams


Michele DeSando


Beate Frank


Héctor Perla Jr.


Glauco Arbix


Ana Paula Galdeano Cruz


Luciana Andressa Martins de Souza


Hilda Lorena Cardenas


Ricardo Lagos


Daniel Coronell Castañeda


Kirsten Sehnbruch


Jacqueline Adams


Kent Eaton


Benjamin Goldfrank 


Lyal White


Michele DeSando


Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas


Jacqueline Adams


Ana Cara


Kent Eaton


Luiz Fernando Macedo Bessa


Kirsten Sehnbruch


Lavinia Barros de Castro


Marta Maria Gomes de Oliveira


Mariclaire Acosta


Peter H. Smith


Ana Cara


Márcio Holland


Roberto Castro


Estela Neves


Marcos Novaro


Kirsten Sehnbruch


Lavinia Barros de Castro


Rodrigo Sabbatini


Luisa Farah Schwartzman


Jorge Arrate


Sergio Aguayo


Diamela Eltit


Paulo Lins


Jorge Wilheim


Peter Smith


Alba Zaluar


Mary Beth Kaufman


Gabriella Delamata


Kirsten Sehnbruch


Catha Worthman


Kathleen Kollewe


Lorenzo Meyer


David Bonior


Antonio Barros de Castro


Nancy Appelbaum


Sandy Tolan


Clara Ines Nicholls


Francisca del Rio


Jaime Couso


Romana Falcon


Carsten Schneider


María Gregori


Enrique de la Garza  


Susana Nudelsman


Marcela Hernández


Janet Chernela


Fernando Calderón


Francisco Dantas


María Esther Epele


Mynor Melgar


Luis Mirón


Gerardo Munck


Raquel Olea


Alejandra Pellicer


Sandy Tolan


Enrique Dussel Peters


Jaime Montes


Cristián Noemí


Bernardo Ricupero


Ruth Cardoso


Mark Danner