Jo-Marie Burt is director of Latin American Studies and associate professor of political science at George Mason University. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she conducts research and writes commentaries on human rights and transitional justice issues in the region.
Dr. Burt’s research focuses on state violence, human rights, and transitional justice; social movements and revolutions; and state-society relations in Latin America. She brings to her teaching years of experience working with human rights organizations in Latin America and the U.S., including Peru’s National Human Rights Coordinator, Peace and Justice Service (SERPAJ)-Uruguay, and WOLA. As a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dr. Burt prepared a report on the evolution and impact of political violence in the urban community of Villa El Salvador that was incorporated into the Commission’s Final Report. She previously worked as editor at NACLA Report on the Americas. In 2010, Dr. Burt was the “Alberto Flores Galindo” Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Dr. Burt has published widely on Latin American politics and society 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 Macmillan, 2007), which was published in Spanish in early 2009 (with a second edition in 2011) as Violencia y Autoritarismo en el Perú: Bajo la sombra de Sendero y la dictadura de Fujimori by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) and the Asociación Servicios Rurales (SER). She is co-editor of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004). Her current book project is tentatively titled, A President on Trial: Peru’s Efforts to Achieve Justice After Atrocity. She has recently published several articles on transitional justice, including Guilty as Charged: The Trial of Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for Human Rights Violations; Challenging Impunity in Domestic Courts: Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America; Mapping Perpetrator Prosecutions in Latin America (with Cath Collins and Lorena Balardini); Civil Society and the Resurgent Struggle against Impunity in Uruguay, 1985-2012 (with Gabriela Fried-Amiliva and Francesca Lessa).
Professor Burt has commented frequently on Latin American politics for various news media, including BBC World, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, Pacifica Radio as well as Peruvian print and electronic media. She has received grants and fellowships from the Open Society Foundation, Fulbright, U.S. Institute of Peace, the Aspen Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, the Latin American Studies Association Otros Saberes Initiative, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and was a fellow of the International Human Rights Internship Program of the Institute for International Education and the Ford Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.