Romain Ferrali is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics studying the comparative political economy of development. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Middle Eastern studies from Sciences Po. After he received a joint Masters in Economics from Sciences Po, Ecole Polytechnique, and ENSAE, he completed an MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He then worked as a research assistant for Oxford University, at the Center for the Study of African Economies. His academic interests lie at the intersection of clientelism and corruption in developing, and mid-income countries.
Yanilda Gonzalez received her undergraduate degree in Politics and Latin American Studies from New York University in 2005. She entered Princeton in the fall of 2008 to begin work on a PhD in Politics and Social Policy. She has worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union, as well as a number of human rights and women's rights organizations in Argentina. Her research interests include state formation and state capacity, state-society relations, race and ethnicity, social movements, political participation, and citizenship. Her dissertation focuses on "participatory security," a type of police reform that establishes formal mechanisms for community participation in matters of security in Latin America.
Benjamin Naimark-Rowse holds a M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. with honors in international studies from the University of Chicago. Previously he served as a Program Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative managing human rights-based criminal justice reform projects in new democracies including Georgia, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and South Africa. Later he co-directed Darfurian Voices, the first public opinion survey of Darfurian refugees on issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation. Darfurian Voices entailed undertaking 1,872 interviews with refugees in all twelve camps in eastern Chad, in-depth interviews with 280 tribal, civil society, and rebel leaders, and over 100 video testimonials. He has conducted qualitative political analysis of the Egyptian Revolution including two field research missions during the summer of 2011. He served as an electoral observer with The Carter Center and is the founding director of the Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Fellowship. He has advised NGOs on United Nations reform, transitional justice issues, and democratic transitions.
Joan Ricart-Huguet is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton. Prior to starting his PhD, he obtained an MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University as a recipient of la Caixa Graduate Fellowship. He also holds a BA in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and spent his year abroad the the University of California, Berkeley. He has interned at the World Bank in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management and at the United Nations Association-USA. His academic interests include electoral violence, ethnicity and regionalism as well as quantitative methods, with a focus on developing countries.
Jorge de los Santos has significant experience with U.S.-Latin American issues and has worked with governments, companies and universities in these efforts. Prior to coming to Princeton, he was Special Advisor to the President of Arizona State University and served as that university’s founding Director of Pan American Initiatives. Previously in New York City, he was Director for Strategy and Business Development at Columbia University's Digital Knowledge Ventures. He worked for heads of government in the United States and Mexico in several capacities and served as Secretary and Board Member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and as a representative to the United States Border Governor’s Conference. He received a B.A. in Economics from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and a Master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. He was previously a John C. Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association; a MacArthur, Ford and Hewlett Fellow in the Social Sciences; and a board member of the Bi-National Sustainability Laboratory. He is the co-founder of two companies, Predictive Technologies, a developer of web-based platforms that facilitate data analysis and visualization; and Skyblue International, a technology and investment advisory company.