Victor Armony has published and lectured extensively in the field of identity, citizenship, and political discourse. He is the director of the Observatory of the Americas at the UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal). He currently holds the US-Canada Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies at American University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Manuel Balán holds a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also affiliated to the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. He is a member of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University. His research is in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America.He is particularly interested in issues of corruption and development, corruption scandals, political competition, media and politics, transparency and anti-corruption policies, and democracy and the rule of law.
Geneviève Dorais is a professor of Latin American history at the University of Quebec in Montreal since December 2014. She completed her doctorate in Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014). Her research interests focus on transnational history of the Americas (XIX – XX centuries), with particular attention in the socio-political and intellectual history of Peru and Mexico in the last century. Her thesis is entitled “Indo-America and the Politics of Exile APRA, 1918-1945” and traces the experience of political exile and state persecution as experienced by members of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) in Peru. Dorais largely questions the motivations of non-state actors to develop continental integration projects.
Dr. Jean-François Mayer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University. He specializes in comparative politics and political ethnography. Dr. Mayer’s research deals with social movements, labor politics, and state-society relations in Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and Mexico. Dr. Mayer’s current work focuses on: two areas of concern. First, he studies labor markets and worker organizations in the formal sector of the economy, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. His research questions center on explaining the effects of democratic transitions as well as economic restructuring on the labor market, labor policies, and labor movements. Second, Dr. Mayer examines the multifaceted everyday strategies utilized by workers active in the informal economy to resist violence, in Latin American countries.
Cynthia E. Milton works on history in the Andes, in particular on historical representations of violence in contemporary Peru and perceptions of poverty in colonial Ecuador. Her present research is on art in the aftermath of violence. She was the recipient of an Alexander Von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship and is presently Canada Research Chair in Latin American History in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal, co-director of RÉLAM, and a member of the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientist of the Royal Society of Canada.
Nora Nagels works on gender and diffusion processes of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs in Latin America. She analyzes the diffusion of gender cognitive structures, through CCT programs, as a means of diffusion of a new post-neoliberal paradigm for development in Latin America. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance at the political science department of the Université de Montréal. She obtained a PhD at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, that was financed by the NCCR North-South and administrated by Swisspeace, Bern.