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Jo-Marie Burt teaches political science at George Mason University, where she is currently Director of Latin American Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Global Studies.  She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she collaborates on the Peru program. Dr. Burt has lectured widely on politics in Latin America at universities in the US, Europe and Latin America, and in 2010 was the “Alberto Flores Galindo” Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.  She was a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and she was formerly editor of NACLA Report on the Americas, a bimonthly English-language journal on Latin American politics and culture produced by the North American Congress on Latin America. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from Open Society Foundations, the Latin American Studies Association, United States Institute of Peace, the Aspen Institute, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, among others.

Dr. Burt’s research focuses on state violence, human rights, and transitional justice; social movements and revolutions; and democracy and civil society in Latin America.  She has published widely in academic journals, edited volumes, and in journalistic magazines and newspapers. She is author of Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru (Palgrave, 2007), which was published by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Spanish in early 2009 with a second edition in 2011 (Violencia y Autoritarismo en el Perú: Bajo la sombra de Sendero y la dictadura de Fujimori). She is also co-editor of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004). She is currently writing a book on the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori, who in 2009 was convicted of crimes against humanity, and is conducting research on human rights prosecutions in Peru.  Dr. Burt received her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.


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Human rights Trials in Peru Project

This website presents ongoing research and publications on human rights prosecutions in Peru, including the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, and includes a blog on articles relating to human rights prosecutions in Peru.

WOLA Peru Elections 2011

This is a blog of original reporting by WOLA Senior Fellows Jo-Marie Burt and Coletta Youngers on the Peruvian elections (April – June 2011). Blog posts were reposted to the Foreign Policy in Focus blog, Focal Points.

A Contracorriente/La Mula

This blog, which is published in Spanish, presents research and opinion pieces on Peruvian politics with a special focus on democracy, human rights and governance issues, and is hosted by the Peruvian Huffington Post, La Mula.

A Contracorriente/NoticiasSER.pe

This blog, also published in Spanish for Servicios Educativos Rurales (SER), a nonprofit organization in Peru, publishes articles related to current human rights issues in Peru, with a special focus on human rights prosecutions and the post-conflict legacies.


Recent interviews in the international press:

Interviewed by La República (Lima) on challenge of incoming administration in Peru, June 11, 2011. [Link]

Interviewed on Al Jazeera English, on Peruvian elections, June 5, 2011. [Link]

Interviewed by Agence France Press and Los Angeles Times on Peruvian elections, May 28 and 30, 2011.[Link]

Interviewed on Al Jazeera English “Americas” news program, May 29, 2011.

Interviewed on CNN Español hour-long program, “Choque de Opiniones” (Crossfire), on Peruvian elections, May 29, 2011.

Interviewed by La República (Lima) on the Peruvian elections, April 29, 2011. [Link]

Interviewed by Time Magazine on the Peruvian elections, April 11, 2011.[Link]

Interviewed by CNN on the Peruvian elections, April 12, 2011.[Link]

Interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek on the Peruvian elections, April 10, 2011.[Link]

Interviewed by The New York Times for an article on the release from jail in Peru of an American who was convicted on terrorism charges in the late 1990s, March 6, 2011.[Link]

Interviewed by Univision TV on human right trials in Peru (Accomarca case), February 16, 2011.

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