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Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence 2017-18

Dr. Kevin Casas Zamora

Kevin Casas Zamora

We are pleased to welcome to UT Dallas Dr. Kevin Casas Zamora as the first Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence for the 2017-2018 academic year. During his stay at UT Dallas, Dr. Casas will teach a graduate course in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences: PPPE 6V81-Special Topics in Political Economy - Citizen Security in Americas. This course examines the issue of crime and citizen security in Latin America and their effects on law enforcement policies. Dr. Casas will also participate in events devoted to discussion on the issues of crime and citizen security in Latin America.

Dr. Casas is Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, a policy research center based in Washington D.C. Previously he was Secretary for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He also served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy, as well as second Vice President of Costa Rica under Oscar Arias from May 8, 2006 until September 22, 2007.

He holds a JD from the University of Costa Rica, an MA in Latin American Government and Politics from the University of Essex, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Politics from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, titled “Paying for Democracy in Latin America: Political Finance and State Funding for Parties in Costa Rica and Uruguay,” won the 2004 Jean Blondel PhD Prize from the European Consortium for Political Research for best thesis in politics in Europe. He is the author of the book, Paying for Democracy: Political Finance and State Funding for Parties (ECPR Press, 2005), numerous studies on campaign finance, elections, democratic governance, and citizen security in Latin America. In 2007, Dr. Casas was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Casas is expected to arrive in Richardson on October 16th.