• Victor Armony

    Professor - Department of Sociology - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    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.

  • Leila Celis

    Professor - Department of Sociology - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Leila Celis has a PhD in political studies from the University of Ottawa (2013) and an MA in political science from the University of Quebec in Montreal (2008). Her research focuses on social movements (women, peasant, indigenous and afrodescendant), violence, human rights and Latin America, through an interdisciplinary approach drawing on political economy, historical sociology and feminist theories. Leila Celis is the director of the Imaginary Research Centre (CRI), a member of the Research Group on the political imaginary of Latin America, and of the Institute of Women’s Studies and Research (IREF).

  • Geneviève Dorais

    Professor - Department of History - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    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.

  • Bernard Duhaime

    Professor - Department of Law - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Bernard Duhaime teaches mainly international human rights law and specializes on the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights. Pr Duhaime has been involved with the defense and promotion of human rights since 1996, having worked or collaborated with several international and national human rights agencies, having taken part to multiple observation and training missions, and having produced several institutional reports. He has represented or assisted victims and human rights defenders in several contentious cases before the Inter-American Human rights System, UN specialized agencies and mechanisms, the European Court of Human Rights, etc.

  • Carolina Ferrer

    Professor - Department of Literature Studies - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Carolina Ferrer’s research covers Spanish American literature and culture, cultural dynamics, semiotic approaches to database systems, film studies, epistemocriticism. In 2008, she inaugurated Babel Borges, a research group dedicated to the study of the diffusion of Jorge Luis Borges’s work through culture. Since 2011, she is the director of the Magellan Project, a digital humanities programme that aims at the analysis of the field of studies about Spanish American literature.

  • Julián Durazo Herrmann

    Professor & Director - Department of Political Science - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Julián Durazo Herrmann is a professor of comparative politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University. His research focuses on the subnational policy in Latin America, neopatrimonialism and problems of democratic consolidation from an analysis of state-society relations. Currently, he is studying the specific cases of Bahia (Brazil), and Oaxaca (Mexico).

  • Juan-Luis Klein

    Professor - Department of Sociology - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Juan-Luis Klein (PhD) is a professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Centre for Research on Social Innovations (CRISES). His teaching and research focuses on socio- economic geography, the social economy, local development and epistemology of geography. He is author or co-author of books, book chapters and articles in scientific journals. He is also responsible for the collection on contemporary Geography of the University Press of Quebec (PUQ).

  • Nora Nagels

    Professor - Department of Political Science - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    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.

  • Jessica Payeras-Robles

    Associate Professor - Department of Social and Public Communication - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)


    Jessica Payeras has a teaching certificate and both a master and doctorate in linguistics from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Since 2001 she is a full-time faculty of the department of Spanish as a foreign language. She has worked on reform programs, course creation, learning and pedagogic projects and student exchanges. She is dedicated to teaching and research projects in applied linguistics and intercultural education with the School of Communication where she is also an associate professor.

  • Ricardo Peñafiel

    Researcher - Department of Political Science - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Ricardo Peñafiel’s research focuses on the politics of representation in Latin America from a socio-historical perspective based on discourse analysis and comparative politics. This approach involves a constant confrontation between political theory and field studies led him to perform multiple research trips, including Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. In this research, in addition to contacts with grassroots organizations, unions and political, it has been integrated into a series of networks of researchers and universities.

  • Chiara Piazzesi

    Professor - Department of Sociology - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Chiara Piazzesi studied at the École Normale Supérieure of Pisa and at the University of Pisa. In 2005 at the University of Salento (Italy), she defended her Ph.D. thesis on the philosophical and sociological theories that, during the 20th century, established a relation between power and habituation process. Since 2008, she has been dedicated to a research project on the forms and languages of erotic love in the contemporary West. In 2014 she directed an issue of the journal “Sociologie et sociétés” on the theme of “intimacy, couples and love.” She is also editing a collective volume on erotic love (in collaboration with Antonella Balestra).

  • Maria Carmen Rico de Sotelo

    Department of Social and Public Communication - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Professor Rico has a Ph.D. (Information Science), she is a professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication at UQAM. She previously served as dean and director of international relations of the Faculty of Communication of the Catholic University of Uruguay. She is particularly interested in international communication, communication for development, particularly in Latin America and Africa, new technologies, as well as communication and health. She acts as a communications consultant for health strategy, especially with the Research Centre for International Development (IDRC) of Canada.

  • Sonia Tello Rozas

    Professor - École des sciences de la gestion (ESG UQAM) - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    onia Tello Rozas is Professor of social and collective enterprises at the School of Management (ESG UQAM). She holds an Ph.D. in applied economics from HEC Montréal and her research examines issues related to the third sector, particularly how social actors overcome state and market failures, using both quantitative (mainly econometric analysis) and qualitative methods. She has an excellent knowledge of the Latin American context where she studied several cases. Her research provides lessons and guidance for public policy decision-making processes and for social actors seeking to launch development projects involving local communities.

  • Nancy Thede

    Professor - Department of Political Science - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

    Nancy Thede is an anthropologist and holds the Chair Nycole Turmel on public spaces and policy innovations, since 2008. Her research focuses on North-South relations, international development, social and identity movements in Latin America, and reforms to the democratization of political participation. Two volumes under her direction are currently in press, namely: “Hybridités politiques. Trajectoires inattendues de la démocratisation locale chez Karthala”, and “Amérique latine, laboratoire du politique autrement”, , co-directed with Mélanie Dufour-Poirier.