Florida International University has a number of professors who study Venezuela and issues relating to the Latin American country. This is a list of experts willing to offer their insight to media and the public. This list is being updated continuously.
For assistance reaching any of these professors, please call the FIU Office of Media Relations at 305-348-2232.
Eduardo Gamarra, Ph.D.
Political Science Professor Eduardo Gamarra has done research on the regional dynamics of Latin America, including Cuba’s role. As an expert in Bolivia and the Andean region, he has followed closely the alliances formed by Fidel Castro, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Gamarra has also studied drug trafficking in the Caribbean and the effects of American policies in the regional dynamics. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress several times and is the author of more than half a dozen books and more than forty academic articles on Latin America.
Jose Miguel Cruz, Ph.D.
Jose Miguel Cruz is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He was the director of the University Institute of Public Opinion at the University of Central America in San Salvador from 1994 to 2006, where he supervised more than 50 national public opinion polls in Central America.
Félix E. Martín, Ph.D.
Félix E. Martín is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His areas of expertise include positive international relations theory, security/peace studies, and international political economy. He is a specialist in the security and political economy of Latin America and Southern Europe. His research interests expand from the theories of international relations, strategic culture, strategic interactions, peace studies, management of international life, the political economy of healthcare services on a global scale, to the management and resolution of the tragedy of the commons. He authored Militarist Peace in South America: Conditions for War and Peace (New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006) and coedited Latin America’s Quest for Globalization: The Role of Spanish Firms (London: Ashgate, 2005).
Frank Mora is the newly named director of FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center. He previously served as the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he oversaw policy issues and defense relations, U.S. government funding of hemispheric defense cooperation, and the integration of U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command. Dr. Mora has spent nearly 30 years as an academic and government official focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. He is available for interviews regarding political economy of Venezuela, social aspects of the elections, as well as military issues.
For interviews, please contact the Office of Media Relations at 305-348-2232.
Manuel A. Gómez, J.D.
Law Professor Manuel A. Gómez has years of law teaching experience, both in the U.S. and in Latin America, and professional practice in Latin America. He currently serves as an associate professor, as coordinator of international legal projects and leads the Global Legal Studies Initiative. Gómez teaches, conducts research and writes academic papers in a variety of areas including the impact of social networks on dispute processing, private order, international arbitration, complex litigation in Latin America, legal and institutional reform in Latin America, legal education reform and the globalization of the legal profession. Before joining FIU, Professor Gómez was a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. Since 1995 he has also been a member of the Faculty at the Universidad Central de Venezuela Law School (Caracas, Venezuela). Gómez’s latest book, Law in Many Societies (Stanford U. Press 2011, co-edited with Lawrence M. Friedman and Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo) has already received several accolades in the academic world.
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Victor M. Uribe-Uran, J.D., Ph.D.
Victor M. Uribe-Uran holds a joint appointment as associate professor of history and law with a specialization in Latin American. After earning his law degree at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, he served as a lawyer and then director for the Project of Legal Aid and Legal Research, Centro de Investigacion y Educacion Popular, Bogotá. In 1997, he received the prestigious Tibesar Prize from the Conference on Latin American History, American Historical Association, for best article published in The Americas. He has received fellowships and research awards from, among others, the Fulbright Program, the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; and has served on the board of editors of journals like the Law and History Review.