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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. He is also an assistant professor of the Institute of Political Science at Pontificia Universidad Cátolica de Chile, a researcher at the “tRandeS” Project at Freie Universität Berlin, and an adjunct professor of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. 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.

While at Notre Dame, Alvarado will work on a project entitled “The Post-Pandemic ‘New Normal’ in Chile and Beyond.” His research will address questions about how COVID-19 will reshape public policy and international relations, including: What are the possible changes to development models, constitutions and other internal factors within countries, and how will those changes affect foreign policy? Will there be a new way of relating and cooperating between countries like Chile and powers like the United States, China, and European nations? What role will universities play in the post-pandemic world?  

Alvarado earned a master’s degree in political science from Universität Heidelberg and a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin.

Current Research

 international relations, foreign policy

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