Dr. Alcañiz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Faculty Advisor for the Environmental Science and Policy program (Environmental Politics and Policy Concentration) at the University of Maryland since 2012.
Her research interests include environmental and energy politics, the state and expert networks in the Global South (with a strong focus on Latin America). Recently, she completed a book manuscript entitled How Skills Shape International Cooperation: Environmental and Nuclear Networks in the Global South, where she examines the determinants of international inter-agency cooperation in Latin American, Africa and Asia. She has also published scholarly work in many peer review journals including: World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, the Latin American Research Review and Latin American Perspectives.
The media has called on her for commentary on energy and environmental policy in Latin America and other countries of the Global South. She is a frequent contributor to the Latin American Energy Advisor for the Intern-American Dialogue here in Washington, D.C. since 2006.
Dr. Alcañiz received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2004. Prior to joining the Government and Politics department, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Wharton School and Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. Before the University of Pennsylvania, she was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Houston.