Join us for the event "Peru's Political Crisis & Presidential Election" on February 4th at 7:00 PM (EST).
Jo-Marie Burt will be our speaker. Jo-Marie Burt (PhD, Political Science, Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a leading human rights research and advocacy organization. Dr. Burt’s research focuses on political violence, human rights, and transitional justice in post-conflict societies, focusing on Peru and more recently, Guatemala. She is the author of Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru: Silencing Civil Society (Palgrave 2007), which received Honorable Mention for the WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. In 2002-3, Dr. Burt was appointed to the research team of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and authored the chapter in the Final Report about political violence in Villa El Salvador. She was a Fulbright Scholar (2006) and Alberto Flores Galindo Visiting Professor (2010) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). In 2007-2009, she served as an international observer to the human rights trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori and has written extensively about this and other transitional justice trials in Peru. Currently, Dr. Burt writes about war crimes prosecutions in Guatemala for International Justice Monitor and is completing a manuscript entitled, Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: Reckoning with the Legacies of Violence in Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Follow her on Twitter @jomaburt.
Natalia Sobrevilla will be our respondent. Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is a Professor of Latin American History at the University of Kent. She obtained her PhD at the University of London, has been a visiting fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, and held grants from the British Academy, the British Library, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2011, Cambridge University Press published her book The Caudillo of the Andes Andrés de Santa Cruz and in 2015, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos published it in Spanish. She is the co-editor of The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic World, The Impact of the Cádiz Constitution of 1812 that came out with Alabama University Press in 2015. Between 2015 and 2018 she led an International Network of scholars researching on the idea of nation and the wars of independence funded by the Leverhulme Trust. She has published extensively on the creation of the state in Peru, focusing on elections, constitutions, and the importance of the armed forces. She is currently finalizing a book on the armed forces and the creation of the Peruvian State in the nineteenth century. Natalia has produced short films and documentaries on the wars of independence in South America and the early years of the republic in Peru, see https://www.nataliasobrevillaperea.org/