Alcañiz Isabella

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.

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The Political Economy of Latin America
This course examines key political and economic policies in Latin America over the recent past. The seminar will be of interest to students who wish to deepen their knowledge of major events and trends in the region, such as climate politics, inequality, foreign debt, populism, the drug war, and gender politics. Students will survey the main debates of contemporary political economy in the region. Drawing from studies in the discipline of Political Science, this course explores the interactions of political and economic actors under specific international conditions, with a particular emphasis on how the state structures, channels and negotiates the economy.
Main topics: The Politics of Climate Inequality; The Politics of Finance and Credit; The Politics of Debt and Populism; The Politics of Inequality; The Politics of Drugs; The Politics of Gender


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