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Eric Hershberg

Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Department of Government

Eric Hershberg is Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at New York University, Southern Illinois University, Columbia, Princeton and the New School. Prior to arriving at SFU he served for fifteen years as a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council in New York City.

His research focuses on the comparative politics of Latin America, and on the politics of development. Current research projects analyze the state of democracy and emerging development strategies in South America, and the ways in which elites exercise power in Central America. He has served as a consultant to numerous development and educational agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and the Swedish International Development Agency.


Ph.D., Political Science University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Political Science University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Spanish and French, Indiana University

Languages Spoken
Fluent Spanish and French, Conversational Portuguese, Reading knowledge Catalan and Italian

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Center for Latin American/Latino Studies
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(202) 885-6172

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