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Wake Forest political science professor to co-direct international research group on democracy


October 9, 2008

Luis Roniger, professor of political science and Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies at Wake Forest University, will co-direct an international research group at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the spring of 2009.

Roniger says the group will use the Latin American political experience as a springboard to research the ways democracy is acquiring new meanings around the world.  The group will convene to work on competing models of citizenship and on new debates concerning alternative forms of democracy and state power in Latin America. 

Roniger organized the international research group with longtime colleague Mario Sznajder, associate professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  The research group is composed of scholars of Latin American politics and society from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Mexico and Singapore. 

“One line of analysis will follow the issue of citizens’ autonomy from the state as opposed to autonomy within the state,” says Roniger.  Other areas of study will include how state and institutional capabilities affect the character of citizenship, the limits of dissent, issues around representation and individual versus collective rights, among other topics.

Roniger joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2004 and has published extensively in the areas of democracy and human rights.  In addition to 10 books and numerous articles, he has two books forthcoming:  “The Politics of Exile in Latin America” and “Transnationalism in Central America.”

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Luis Roniger, professor of political science and Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies.
Luis Roniger, professor of political science and Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies.
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