Meet the Staff

Eric Hershberg

Eric Hershberg  is director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Latin American Studies Association while serving as professor of political science and director of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. From 1990-2006 he worked as a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York City. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at New York University, Southern Illinois University, Columbia, Princeton and the New School. His research has focused primarily on the comparative politics of Latin America, and on the political economy of development in the region. Most recently, Prof. Hershberg has conducted studies of community integration of Central American migrants to various parts of the United States. He has served as a consultant to numerous development and educational agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the World Bank, the Chilean Ministry of the Economy, and the Swedish International Development Agency, and is a member of numerous editorial boards. He speaks frequently with major media outlets about public affairs in Latin America and issues affecting Latino communities in the United States.

Fulton Armstrong

Fulton T. Armstrong is a Senior Research Fellow at CLALS. Armstrong has followed Latin American affairs for almost 30 years in a number of U.S. Government positions. He served as a senior professional staff member responsible for Latin America on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from July 2008 to October 2011, where he also worked closely with the committee’s investigations team. Prior to that, he served in the Executive Branch in a series of policy and analytical positions. Among other senior positions, he was National Intelligence Officer for Latin America – the U.S. Intelligence Community’s most senior analyst – in 2000-2004, and he served for six months as the chief of staff of the DCI Crime and Narcotics Center. He served two terms as a Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council (1995 97 and 1998-99), between which he was Deputy NIO for Latin America. In 1980-84 he worked for U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa). He has spent 11 years studying and working in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He speaks Spanish and Chinese.

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