Project directors


Dr. Klaus Bodemer, political scientist, is the Director of the Institute of Ibero-American Studies in Hamburg since 1996.  Between 1970-1984 and 1994-1996 he was researcher at the Universities of Mainz, Worms and Kaiserslautern; between 1984 and 1986 he was visiting lecturer at FLACSO, Buenos Aires and UERJ, Rio de Janeiro; between 1991 and 1994 he was Project Manager at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Montevideo.  His research areas are: Latin America: comparative politics, science and technology politics; planification, implementation and evaluation of international cooperation politics; re-democratization and foreign policies in the Southern Cone, state reform; communal and decentralization policies, education policies, and social politics.
Eduardo Gamarra has been affiliated with Florida International University since 1986, where he is currently the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center, a full professor in the department of political science, and the editor of Hemisphere, a magazine on Latin American and Caribbean affairs.  He is the author, co-author, and editor of several 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); and Entre la Droga y la Democracia (Freiderich Ebert Foundation, 1994).  The author of over forty articles on Latin America, he has testified in the US Congress on drug policy toward Latin America.  His current research focuses on the political economy of narcotics trafficking in the Andean region and the Caribbean, democratization, and civil-military relations.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.