Post-Doctoral Network

Aerne, Annatina (University of St.Gallen)

Ms. Aerne completed her PhD at the University of St. Gallen at the end of 2018. Her thesis examined how the artistic scene contributes to build a public sphere in the post-conflict context of Colombia. Relying on social network analysis, the thesis looked at art organizations’ cooperation and consequent coalescence of art publics. Methodologically, the analysis built both on qualitative and quantitative data. Currently, Annatina Aerne works on a new project at the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St.Gallen, focusing on the integration of refugees through vocational education and training.

Bachmann, Pauline (University of Zurich/Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Dr. Bachmann has always been interested in working at the disciplinary limits of art and literature. She studied Latin American Studies, Art History and History at Freie Universität Berlin where she graduated with a Master’s on Representations of the Caribean in Central American novels in 2010. Between 2011 and 2017 she was a research fellow of the DFG-funded Research Group „Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art“ also at Freie Universität Berlin. Nevertheless, she received her PhD in May 2017 from the Universität Zürich in Portuguese Literature. Her thesis inquires conceptions of embodiment in the Brazilian Neoconcrete Movement in Rio de Janeiro (1957-1967). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the UZH and Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

Bartoletti, Tomás (ETH Zurich)

Tomás Bartoletti is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chair for History of the Modern World of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. He is conducting a research project on the construction of Andean Indigeneity in nineteenth-century Latin America and preparing a global biography of the Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob von Tschudi. He earned his PhD in Classical Philology (2018) from the University of Buenos Aires reconstructing the epistemological history of Greek divination and its global translations during the Early Modern Period. At first, he read Latin American Linguistics and Literature at University of Buenos Aires and History and Sociology of Science and Technology at the University of Quilmes (Argentina). Bartoletti was Guest in the Research Center Gotha (2019), the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt (2017-2018), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014-2016), University of Zürich (2012) and University of Essen-Duisburg (2006).

Boanada-Fuchs, Anthony (University of São Paulo)

Dr. Fuchs has completed his PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), 2009-2015. His thesis "Housing Governance – A process-oriented, resource-centered Actor-Network Approach to Housing Provision Systems in Ahmedabad" was defended in March 2015 and obtained summa cum laude. Afterwards, he pursued a post-doctoral research at the Center for Metropolitan Studies of the University of São Paulo, with a project titled “Housing a Nation – the Governance of Affordable Residential Units in Brazil: the case of Metropolitan São Paulo”. He joined the ProDoc Latin America network in 2015 following the recommendation of colleagues from the Graduate Institute and University of St.Gallen. Anthony is a post-doc researcher at the University of Lausanne and at the ETH Zürich. His teaching and research aims at providing systematic accounts of development challenges and emerging solutions, with a special focus on housing policies and the role of governments to make housing more affordable. He started teaching at the University of St.Gallen in 2017.

Boanada-Fuchs, Vanessa (UNICAMP and University of St.Gallen)

Dr. Boanada is a legal and international relations scholar with a PhD in International Development Studies from the IHEID Geneva. Her thesis defense was awarded Summa cum Laude and the Lateinamerika Preis of the University of St.Gallen in 2015. She conducts postdoctoral research in the fields of International Law, Society and the Environment, and has joined an international team as postdoctoral researcher of projects carried out by the University of Campinas (Brazil, 2015/16) and the Michigan State University (USA, 2017). She was Academic Project Manager for the ProDoc and the Swiss School for Latin American Studies (SSLAS) from 2014-2017. Additionally, she was the Program Leader for bilateral cooperation for the CLS-HSG's "Leading House for the Latin American Region". Currently, she is the Director of the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America (GIMLA) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dupuits, Emilie (Global Studies, University of Geneva)

Dr. Dupuits began her PhD in February 2013. The title of her thesis project was "Parler d’une seule voix? Organisations de base, réseaux transnationaux et reconfigurations  de la gouvernance communautaire de l’eau et des forêts en Amérique Latine". She has also worked as a teaching assistant at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. In 2015, she received a Doc.Mobility grant to conduct part of her research at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Lima, Peru. She finished her dissertatation in November 2017. Emilie Dupuits currently works as a Postdoc researcher, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She is guest researcher in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, at the Universidad Central del Ecuador.

Ferrer, Javier (University of Konstanz)

Dr. Ferrer finished his PhD in Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Konstanz in 2019. His thesis was titled “Las cadenas de la identidad. Poéticas del desarraigo y el viaje en la obra de Andrés Neuman". He is now a Postdoc at Universität Bielefeld in Germany. 

Gertschen, Alex (University of Bern)


Dr. Gertschen is an associated researcher at the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bern. He has carried out historic research projects on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development in the context of economic internationalisation in the period from the 1960s until the 2000s. His focus is on Mexico and multinational enterprises. Alex lectures on CSR and sustainable development at the University of St.Gallen and the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. He received his PhD in History by the Philipps-University Marburg in 2012. Besides being an academic researcher and teacher, he works as a communications expert and business consultant specialised in sustainable development in Latin America (see

Giraldo, Isis (University of Lausanne)

 Isis Giraldo holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne (2017, honours). Her work belongs within the fields of cultural and media studies from critical approaches that recentre power and social justice. Empirically, it mostly focuses on Colombia and aims at showing how cultural hegemony has helped maintain stark imbalances of power along the axes of gender, race, and social class, and justify regimes of rule by a privileged few. Theoretically, it aims at connecting Northern feminist theories and postcolonial studies with critical thought on gender, race, and coloniality as developed from within Latin America. Her work has been published in journals such as La manzana de la discordia, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Theory, and Debate Feminista, among others. For further information visit her professional website ( and her blog ( (a project of popularasiton of her academic work in Spanish and addressed to Colombian and Latin American audiences).

Krepp, Stella (History, University of Bern)


Dr. Krepp is a postdoctoral researcher at the History Department of the University of Bern. She joined the ProDoc Network in 2014 following her participation and presentation of her research to the PhD students in one of the ProDoc Workshops. Her project is titled “‘The Real Road to Development’: Reform, Revolution, and Independence, 1955-1964”. She examines emerging ideas of progress, modernity, and development in Brazil, Cuba, and the British Caribbean. It further enquires how Latin American visions were received in the wider context of the Third World and particularly the Non-Aligned Movement, which simultaneously tried to formulate an alternative to East-West bipolarity and to challenge Cold War consensus. She has conducted fieldwork in the Unites States, Great Britain, and Latin America, in particular in Brazil and Cuba. Her first book tentatively titled "The Decline of the Western Hemisphere: A History of Inter-American Relations from 1941 to 1990" is currently under review with Cambridge University Press. Together with Thomas Field and Vanni Pettinà, she is co-editing the volume "Latin America and the Third World: An International History" which is forthcoming in 2018. In 2016, she won the D.C Watt Prize of the Transatlantic Studies Association.


Nussio, Enzo (ETH Zurich)


Dr. Nussio is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies. He holds a doctorate in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St.Gallen and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Basel. Prior to his work at the CSS, he spent several years in Colombia, where he worked as a post-doc for the Universidad de los Andes and as a lecturer for the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá. He conducted further post-doctoral studies in the Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University and the University of St.Gallen, and visited the University of Michigan and Uppsala University in several occasions. Enzo Nussio specializes in post-conflict issues (such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, reconciliation, transitional justice, state-building and post-war violence) and violence reduction in urban settings, mostly in Latin America.

Ramírez Gröbli, María del Pilar (University of Bern)

María del Pilar Ramírez Gröbli is a research assistant in the project "Social and ecological impacts of palm oil production" at the Institute of Social Anthropology and is an associate researcher at the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bern. She currently coordinates the working group of the Colombian Association of Researchers (ACIS) in German-speaking Switzerland.  She completed her doctoral studies at the University of St. Gallen in 2014 and worked as an assistant at the Institute for Spanish Language and Literature between 2010 and 2014, where she also lectured Spanish. In 2007, she has completed her Lic. Phil I in Spanish and Political Science at the University of Zurich. In 1999 she graduated at the Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, with a Master's degree in International Relations, and in 1994 she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and English Literature at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, she is a member of the editorial board of the journal Alternautas and participates in various research groups and academic associations. Recently, she has published her book Soundscapes of return. Oil Palm, dispossession and Peace Cultures in the Colombian Post-conflict (in Spanish).

Silva Garzón, Diego (The Graduate Institute, University of Oxford)


Mr. Silva works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy for the project “Bringing the seed wars to the courtroom”. His work is located at the intersection of science and technology studies, environmental and legal anthropology and economics, paying special attention to the socio-technical networks that are necessary for, and the rural conflicts that arise from, the deployment of agricultural innovations. His thesis was awarded the Lateinamerika Preise for the best Swiss thesis in Latin American Studies (University of St. Gallen), and the Prix des Anciens for the best 2017 Ph.D. thesis at the IHEID. In October 2018, he will start his new project at the Institute for Science, Technology and Society (Oxford University) on the deployment of climate ready seeds in Argentina. He is editor of Alternautas.

Strazzeri, Victor (University of Bern)

Dr. Strazzeri is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Historical Department of the University of Bern. He arrived in Bern in September 2017 on a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to work on a project titled "Provincializing Eurocommunism: the 'Italian road to socialism' between Third World struggles and the women's movement" under the guidance of Prof. Brigitte Studer. The project examines the dialogue between West European and Latin American Communists in the 1970s and 1980s, highlighting the centrality of both the Third World as well as the global feminist wave to attempt to renew communist politics known as 'Eurocommunism'. Dr. Strazzeri holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on Max Weber and German Social Democracy (due to be published in 2019 in Brill's Historical Materialism Series) and has co-founded an international network of early-career researchers with an interest on Max Weber called 'Young Weber Scholars'. During his time in Berlin, Victor Strazzeri was a DAAD scholarship holder and  also undertook research stays in Freiburg i.B. and Washington, DC. Dr. Strazzeri has a strong interdisciplinary background and is a member and regular collaborator of the Berlin Institute for Critical Theory (InkriT) and the Centre d’Estudis sobre Dictadures i Democràcies (CEDID) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Streule, Monika (ETH Zurich)

Dr. Streule is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Architecture ETH Zurich. Her research engages with the social production of space, urbanization processes and inventive methodologies of qualitative research. She is interested in comparative urbanism and a relational understanding of urban territory from post- and decolonial perspectives for a more global approach to understanding cities. Currently, Monika Streule is working on her second book project on a decolonized socio-territorial approach in urban studies with a regional focus on Latin America, particularly Mexico City and La Paz-El Alto in Bolivia. She received her PhD in Urban Studies from ETH Zurich and holds a MA in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Sciences from the University of Zurich. She was a visiting researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM in several occasions, and conducted post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University College London, at the HafenCity University Hamburg and at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría CUJAE. She is an associated researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas de la Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz.

Teubner, Melina (University of Bern)

Mrs. Teubner studied Latin American History, History and Portuguese Literature at the University of Cologne. In 2013, her magister-thesis was granted with the Georg-Rudolf-Lind price of the "Deutscher Lusitanistenverband". Between 2014 and 2018 she was a research fellow of the a.r.t.e.s.-Graduate School for the Humanities at the University of Cologne. In December 2018, she completed her PhD in Iberian and Latin American history at the University of Cologne. Her thesis «A arte de cozinhar: Sklavenschiffsköche, Ernährung und Diaspora» examines how laborers who were involved in the food sector, such as slave ship cooks and food vending women, contributed to the infrastructure of the 19th century transatlantic slave trade to Brazil.  She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the History Department of the University of Bern.

Tribaldos, Theresa (CDE, University of Bern)

Dr. Theresa Tribaldos is a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment and at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. Her research addresses on the one hand sustainability and justice questions in food systems and their transformations. On the other, she is interested in transdisciplinary approaches and specifically how research can contribute to sustainable development and what role researchers can play. Theresa Tribaldos studied Geography at the University of Zurich and has an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King’s College London. She did her PhD in International Relations at ETH Zurich and worked for several years in a private consultancy firm in Zurich before joining the University of Bern. 


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