Thursday, February 18 at 4:00pm

With more limited in-person contact this year, the Kellogg Institute invites you to connect with our Dissertation Year Fellows and Visiting Fellows – for updates from our yearlong fellows and to meet our new spring semester visitors, getting to know them and learning more about their research in a casual setting.

Prior to the event, click on the "Fellows" tab to read bios for our Visiting Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows, and watch brief videos about their research on the additional tabs. Find further information about our Visiting Fellows through this multimedia Spark experience.

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Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellow Paula Alonso

Paula Alonso is an associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, where she is a historian of politics in Latin America with a focus on Argentina. Her research addresses institutions, politics, the press, and cultural history. More...

Fernando Alvarado is a researcher and member of the Social Studies and Development Program, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, among other positions. His research addresses how foreign policy is influenced by internal and external variables, regional integration processes in Latin America, and possible transformations and reforms in post-pandemic Chile. He is the Chilean Fulbright Chair in Democracy and Human Development and will be in residence at the Kellogg Institute during the spring of 2021. More...

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Candelaria Garay

Candelaria Garay is a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Democracy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She studies social policy, collective action and party politics, and environmental politics with a regional focus on Latin America. More...

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Sara Niedzwiecki

Sara Niedzwiecki is an assistant professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she specializes in comparative social policy, subnational politics, and mixed-methods research. Her research agenda focuses on the politics of social policy and on multilevel governance in Latin America. More...

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Francisco Rodríguez

Francisco R. Rodríguez is the director and founder of Oil for Venezuela, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide depoliticized, transparent, and sustainable solutions to the country’s humanitarian crisis. He is considered an expert on the Venezuelan economy and was a Kellogg Institute visiting fellow in the spring of 2005. More...

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Susan Shepler

Susan Shepler is an anthropologist and an associate professor in the School of International Service at American University with extensive experience working in conflict-affected West Africa. Her research focuses on understanding how local communities engage with international interventions and the complexities of those local responses, including the micro-politics of gender, age, religious affiliation, and ethnicity. More...

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow David Smilde

David Smilde is the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University and a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, where he curates the blog Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights. His research focuses on religion, culture, and social and political conflict. More...


Dissertation Year Fellows

2021-22 Dissertation Year Fellow Alejandro Castrillón

Alejandro Castrillón is a PhD candidate in Political Theory and International Relations. He earned magna cum laude honors while obtaining his BA in philosophy, political science, and history from Boston University in 2006.  After graduation, he earned an MA in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. More...

2021-22 Dissertation Year Fellow Bernardo Pulido Marquez

Bernardo Pulido Marquez is a Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the Law School. He obtained his law degree (LLB equivalent) from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) at Caracas, Venezuela, where he also did studies on Venezuelan constitutionallcaw. Pulido Marquez also holds a Master in the Science of Law (JSM) from Stanford Law School where he was part of the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS). More...

2021-22 Dissertation Year Fellow Esteban Salas

Esteban Salas is a PhD candidate in African history at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a bachelor degree in history from the University of Costa Rica. He also attended the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, and the Beijing Language and Culture University, Pekin, China, for training in cultural studies and languages. More...


Paula Alonso
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
The George Washington University
The Politics of Democracy. Argentina and the Atlantic World, 1860-1946"

Fernando Alvarado
Chilean Fulbright Chair
Researcher and Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
The Post-Pandemic ‘New Normal’ in Chile and Beyond"

Sara Niedzwiecki
Assistant Professor of Politics
University of California, Santa Cruz

“Immigrants’ Access to Social Protection in Latin America"

Francisco Rodríguez
Founder and Director
Oil for Venezuela Foundation

“The Unraveling of Venezuela’s Populist Experiment: 2013-2019”

Susan Shepler
Associate Professor, School of International Service
American University

"Power you Can Trust”: Fractal Sovereignty in Sierra Leone

David Smilde
Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, Department of Sociology
Tulane University

“Venezuela's Transition to Illiberalism, Vol. 1: Hugo Chávez and 21st Century Socialism”

Alejandro Castrillón (political science)
“Simón Bolívar and the Reconfiguration of Modern Republicanism”

Bernardo Pulido Marquez (law)
“When Someone Decides Before the Voter: Inadmissible Restrictions to the Right to Stand for Election”

Esteban Salas (history)
“The Birth of the Slave Plantation System in Benguela, 1760-1860”