Visiting Research Scholars

Visiting faculty from other universities and institutes across Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas to share research work in the area of expertise

Héctor Arreola-Ornelas

Research Coordinator in Economics at the Health Competitiveness Program in the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), also Associated Research at Tómatelo a Pecho a NGO in Mexico. He holds a Master in Health Economics from the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics and the National Institute of Public Health and a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. In 2005, he was awarded the First Prize for Research of the Global Development Network, in the category of Health and Institutional Development for his work "Preventing impoverishment, Promoting Equity and Protecting Households from financial crisis: Universal health insurance in Mexico through Institutional Reform” written with Felicia Marie Knaul, Oscar Méndez and Martha Miranda.

His areas of research include financial protection, policy and health systems, labor economics, economic evaluation and health and competitiveness. He has worked in the Mexican Social Security Institute, the National Public Health Institute and the Center for Economic Research and Teaching. He is the author of 42 research papers and 10 book chapters. He is part of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.

Didi Bertrand

Wingdie Didi Bertrand spouse Farmer, MA, DEA, DESS is a medical anthropologist and community health specialist who has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi and Lesotho. Born in Port-Au-Prince Haiti, Ms. Bertrand Farmer studied social science, community health, and health systems management in Haiti and in France. For the last 15 years, she has worked as community organizer, program developer and implementer, activist for women and girls' rights, and researcher. She served as the Director of the Community Health Program and the Head of the Biosocial Research and Social Development Programs for Partners In Health Rwanda Inshuti Mu Buzima from 2005 to 2015 supporting the Rwandan Ministry of Health. She has been the principal investigator on studies focusing on community health, malnutrition, reproductive health, and traditional healing in rural Rwanda. She also serves as the Chair of the Haiti-Rwanda Commission, initiated after the 2010 earthquake to promote South-South cooperation and exchange. She currently acts as Senior Adviser on Community Health for Partners in Health and leads a Women and Girls Initiative in both Rwanda and Haiti. She is also the mother of 3 wonderful children.

Xiaoxiao Jiang Kwete

Xiaoxiao Jiang Kwete is a research associate at Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a research interest of health policy analysis in chronic illness and health systems. She graduated from Peking University Health Science Center, China with a Bachelor Degree of Medicine, and later Harvard School of Public Health with a Master of Science in Global Health and Population. Her current work includes extended cost-effectiveness analysis for priority setting, health system modeling, population health measurement, and China-Africa health collaborations. She was also a core member of the research team for the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief.

From March 2013 to August 2014, she was the project manager for Harvard School of Public Health Breast Cancer Awareness Education and Pilot Training in China. She led a team based in Beijing working with different government branches, academic and social groups, such as All China’s Women’s Federation, China National Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The project developed breast cancer awareness and training materials used in a pilot phase for about 900,000 rural women aged 35-64 across western, middle and eastern China.

She also served as the youth commissioner of Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health from 2012 to 2014, and is currently a member on the board of directors of Aid for Health Simulation, an organization dedicated to engage young students and scholars in the discussion of global development for health related issues.

Eduardo Saenz Rovner

Ph.D. in History, Brandeis University, Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has published The Cuban Connection. Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920’s to the Revolution (Chapel Hill, 2008, Bogotá, 2005), Colombia Años 50. Industriales, política y diplomacia (Bogotá, 2002), and La ofensiva empresarial. Industriales, políticos y violencia en los años 40 en Colombia (Bogotá, 1992).

He has done extensive historical research and published on drug trafficking in Colombia, Colombian traffickers in Miami and New York, and the diplomacy of drug trafficking between the United States and Colombia. He is currently working on a book on the history of drug trafficking in Colombia between the 1930’s and the 1990’s.

Virpi Salojärvi

Virpi Salojärvi is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki in the Discipline of Media and Communication Studies, where she also earned her PhD. In her dissertation, Salojärvi focused on the role of media in the political conflict of Venezuela during President Chávez’s administration. Her other research interests include populism, media and democracy, power, freedom of expression and diaspora studies. In Miami she is working on a project on political agency among the Venezuelan diaspora and beginning an Academy of Finland-funded consortium project entitled Mainstreaming Populism (2017-2021).

Martín Valdivia

Ph.D. Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, senior researcher at the Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) in Lima, Peru since 1993. His research interests expand to several areas within development economics, although his recent work focuses on the use of experimental methods to understand social behavior and evaluate the impacts of social programs, in particular those associated to the economics of entrepreneurship, financial inclusion and female economic empowerment.

He is an active member of several research networks such as the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA), the Impact Evaluation Network (IEN), Innovation for poverty Action (IPA), the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) Research Network, among others. His research has been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals such as REStat, JDE, Health Policy and Planning, among others. He is currently coordinating research in several countries in the region, including Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru.