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)

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.

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.

Cometti, Geremia (Collège de France)


Dr. Cometti has defended his thesis, “Climate Change and Migrations in the Peruvian Andes: The Case of Q’ero” in June 2014 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). He has also been embedded in the ProDoc during his doctoral studies. He is currently a Post-doctoral fellow, holder of an SNSF grant, at Collège de France, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale (LAS), Paris. He works under the scientific direction of Prof. Philippe Descola on a project titled: “Anthropologie du changement climatique : les Q’eros face à la fonte des glaciers”.

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, Philipps-University of Marburg)

Dr. Gertschen is an associated researcher at the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bern and of the Faculty of History and Cultural Studies of the Philipps-University of Marburg. From 2016 until 2018, he conducts a historic research project on corporate social responsibility in the context of economic internationalisation in the period from the 1960s until the 2000s. His focus is on Mexico and multinational enterprises. The postdoc project has been funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Alex received his PhD in History by the Philipps-University Marburg in 2012. Besides being an academic researcher and teacher, he has worked extensively as a journalist, communications expert, and business consultant specialised in Latin America (see

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.

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.

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.

Vargas, Carlos (University of Zurich)

Dr. Vargas wrote his dissertation at the University of Zurich's Department of Banking and Finance. The title of his thesis was "Three essays in Real Options for Sustainable Finance in Latin America". Dr. Vargas is Lecturer for “Sustainable Finance and Investments” and “Environmental Economics” at the Harvard University Extension School and Harvard Summer School. He has also written several financial editorials at two of the most influential newspapers in Mexico and taught courses at ITESM and UIA universities in Mexico City. Dr. Vargas was formerly CFO of New Evolution Ventures Mexico, COO for The Vertex Companies, U.S.A., and has managed the real estate investment portfolio at BBVA Asset Management, Mexico. He is currently Professor of Finance at EGADE Business School del Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. 


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