Eduardo Gamarra, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
Dr. Gamarra holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include Latin American politics, democratization, and neo-populism. Between 1994 and 2007, he served as director of Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center. At LACC he also cofounded and edited Hemisphere, a magazine on Latin American and Caribbean affairs. In 2004 he cofounded Newlink Political, a consulting firm dedicated to electoral and public policy campaigns throughout Latin America. In 2006 he also cofounded Newlink Research, a public opinion and market research firm that in partnership with the Centro Nacional de Consultoría based in Bogotá, Colombia, conducts the Iberoamerican Governability Barometer, a major survey of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. The Newlink Group of companies is currently involved in a variety of public policy and electoral efforts in countries ranging from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.
Dr. Gamarra is the author, coauthor, and editor of twelve books, including Revolution and Reaction: Bolivia, 1964-1985 (Transaction Publishers, 1988); three volumes of the Latin America and Caribbean Contemporary Record (Holmes and Meier Press); Latin American Political Economy in the Age of Neoliberal Reform (Lyne Rienner Publishers 1994); Democracy Markets and Structural Reform in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico (Lyne Rienner Publishers, 1995); Centro América 2020: Un nuevo modelo de desarrollo regional (Nueva Sociedad, 2002), and Entre la droga y la democracia (Freiderich Ebert Foundation, 1994). The author of nearly one hundred articles on Latin America and the Caribbean, he has testified several times in the US Congress on Latin America and Caribbean issues affecting U.S. policy.
He recently completed two books. The first, published in 2009, focuses on U.S.-Bolivia relations. He also completed a second edition of his 1988 book Revolution and Reaction, which focuses on Bolivia's experience with democracy and the coming to power of Evo Morales in 2005. Gamarra is finalizing research on a book on campaigns, elections, and public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean based on his consulting experiences since the year 1990 in several countries.
Dr. Gamarra has been a consultant to multilateral agencies, the Library of Congress, foundations, nongovernmental institutions, executive branch agencies, legislatures, judiciaries, police institutions, and armed forces throughout the hemisphere. His consultancies range from constitutional reform and political party reform to political campaign management in the Andes, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone. He served as a consultant to USAID evaluating that agency’s democratic institution building programs in Bolivia. He was the principal consultant to the United Nations Development Program for Bolivia's 2002 Human Development Report, which was selected as the best report worldwide by the UNDP. Also for UNDP, he was the lead consultant that evaluated that agency’s programs throughout the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Gamarra has also been a consultant to major transnational companies on issues related to Latin American and Caribbean political and economic trends.
He has worked closely with media outlets including radio, television and newsprint. He has been quoted in papers ranging from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal to El Tiempo de Bogotá, El Mercurio de Chile, Clarín de Buenos Aires, and La Razón de La Paz, Bolivia. Gamarra often serves as political analyst for CNN en Español, Univisión, Telemundo, Caracol, RCN, and Al Jazeera on Latin American and Caribbean issues. He has appeared on programs such as Nightline, The McNeil Hour, ABC News, NBC News and CNN in English. He is also regularly interviewed in radio programs including the BBC and National Public Radio.
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