Richard Snyder, Director & Concentration Advisor
Richard Snyder is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Passion, Craft and Method in Comparative Politics (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, with Gerardo L. Munck). He is also the editor of three volumes on the political economy of rural Mexico (Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1998-2000). With Patrick Heller and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, he recently edited a special issue of the journal Studies in Comparative International Development on “Dependency and Development in a Globalized World” (Winter 2009). His articles on comparative politics and the political economy of development have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Desarollo Económico, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Democracy, Política y Gobierno, Studies in Comparative International Development, and World Politics. In Latin America, his research has been published in journals in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. His current research focuses on the unintended consequences of efforts to control the production of illicit drugs in the Andean countries, and on how reliance on foreign funding affects the social sciences across Latin America.
Susan Hirsch, Center Administrative Manager
Susan Hirsch, a graduate of George Washington University, has supported and coordinated the Center's work for ten years as Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator. Previously, Susan also served as Program Coordinator for the Program for Political Economy and Development at the Watson Institute and as Administrative Assistant for the Brown University Center for Biomedical Engineering. As Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator, Susan organizes an assortment of lectures, seminars and receptions, oversees the undergraduate concentration, and manages the Center's many grants and fellowships.
Kate Goldman, Outreach Coordinator
Kate Goldman holds a B.A. in Political Science and Modern Languages from Union College and an M.A. in Spanish American Literature from Rutgers University. Prior to joining CLACS, she worked as a translator, editor and teacher in the United States and Chile. Kate’s responsibilities at the Center include providing logistical support for events such as lectures and conferences, developing program publications and publicity materials, and managing web design and maintenance. She also will be responsible for planning and logistics for the Botín Scholars Program.
Patricia Figueroa: Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections
A former Chair of the Latin American Northeast Libraries, Patricia Figueroa is Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections for Brown University Libraries since 2001. As Curator, she is responsible for planning and carrying out the effective development of the Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and Caribbean collections at Brown University Library. She also provides advanced reference services to students and faculty, assists in the use of print and online information resources, and provides sessions for orientation and bibliographic instruction.
Dominique Coulombe: Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian, Francophone African and Caribbean Studies
Currently the Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian for Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, Dominique Coulombe has worked for Brown University Libraries since 1990. She is the Project Coordinator of "Literature and Culture of Francophone Africa and the Diaspora", an online resource and is also the Chair of the Global Resources Network Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections.