Visiting Scholars and Fellows

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Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professors

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Maria Alejandra Vélez, Fall 2024

She is a full professor at the Faculty of Economics, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá,
Colombia, and the Director of the Center for Studies on Security and Drugs (CESED) at
the same University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Natural Resources from the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is an economist from Universidad de los
Andes. She served as a postdoctoral Research Scientist (2006-2008) at the Center for
Research on Environmental Decision, Columbia University, New York City, and as the
Mellon Visiting Professor at Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Duke University, in 2013. Her research focuses on governance and institutional design for natural resource management in rural communities of the global south and on the
interaction between drug and environmental policy. Currently, she is studying the effect of payment for environmental services on conservation outcomes; the impacts of collective property-rights regimes on institutional changes, landscape, and the welfare of Afro-
Colombian communities on the Pacific Coast; and the strategies for gold mining
formalization. Recently, she has focused on the effects of illicit economies and drug
policies on natural resources, the models for cannabis regulation in Colombia, and the
impact of drug policies on communities’ well-being and security outcomes.


Mariana Cavalcanti, Spring 2025

Mariana Cavalcanti is Associate Professor at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP/UERJ). She received her Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007 and was Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences and History of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (CPDOC/FGV) from 2008 to 2015. In 2020-21, she was Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Cavalcanti has published extensively on housing, urbanism, infrastructure, and public policy. She co-edited Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro and O Mundo Popular: trabalho e condições de vida. She co-directed the documentary Favela Fabril (2012, 49') and co-developed the plot and screenplay of the documentary A Conquista do Oeste (30', 2023).  She was co-founder and board member (2013-17) of Casa Fluminense, a civil society association that aims to deepen democracy and reduce inequalities in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. She is co-coordinator of the research collectives Grupo CASA: estudos sociais sobre moradia e cidade and ResiduaLab: laboratório de estudos sociais dos resíduos. Her current research focuses on urban waters and asks how climate change is transforming how we read, write, tell and teach urban histories. 


Pablo Sanguinetti, Spring 2025

Pablo Sanguinetti holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles
(1992). He is currently Professor at Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina. He has worked as
a consultant for the IMF, the World Bank, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Interamerican Development Bank. He was Director of
Socioeconomic Research, Chief Economist, and Vice President of Knowledge at CAF-
Development Bank of Latin America (October 2007- February 2022). Pablo was a member of
the Board of Directors of the National Trade Commission of Argentina (1996-2000). His areas of
specialization are international trade and integration, macroeconomics, development, and
public finance. He has published academic articles in international journals, book chapters, and
policy reports on these topics.



Federico Accursi, Spring 2025

Federico is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Economics, Universidad Austral in Rosario (Argentina), and Research Fellow of the Center of Agribusiness and Food at the same university.  He recently obtained his Ph.D. in economics from University of Navarra (Spain). In the Fall 2022, he was a Research Visitor at the Center of Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policies, Rice University, in Houston, Texas. His research interests include energy poverty, environmental and agricultural economics. Federico has studied the role of power reliability for rural households in Guatemala, and the impact of the deployment of mini-grids in Tanzania, most of them based on renewable energy. Currently, he is studying the development of the biogas industry through dairy manure treatment in Argentina. He has participated in several conferences by the International Association for Energy Economics, and in the International Symposium “Green Opportunities” at the University of Barcelona.

  • Fabio Sánchez - Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; “Economic History of the Colonial Colombia.”
  • Issa Luna - Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; "Corporate corruption networks in Mexico and legal implications"
  • Milena Arancibia - FLACSO, Latin American Faculty of Social Science - CONICET, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina; "Women's labor and care work trajectories from an intersectional perspective."
  • Peter Vaz da Fonseca, Saint Paul College, Brazil; "The influence of taxes on the multinational companies’ foreign direct investment.