Academics Patricio Navia and Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell were in charge of the first two classes of the second half of the Latin Amercan Academic Extension Program (PLEA) “José Ignacio García Hamilton” on August 1 and 8, respectively. Patricio Navia presented the topic “Democratic Governance in Latin America: Institutions and Leadership” and Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell analyzed “A Compared Perspective on Civil Society and Democratic Quality in Argentina”. PLEA 2012 will conclude on Wednesday, October 3 with a class taught by Bernabé García Hamilton, Director of CADAL´s Academic Council. Before then, there will be presentations by Romeo Pérez Antón (CLAEH, Uruguay), Horacio Fernández (ITBA, Argentina), Gabriel C. Salvia (CADAL), Gabriel Palumbo (UBA, Argentina), Carlos Gervasoni (UTDT, Argentina), Tomás Linn (UCU, Uruguay), and Hernán Alberro (CADAL).
Patricio Navia holds a Ph. D from New York University, Department of Politics, a Master´s degree from the University of Chicago, Department of Political Science and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology (with honors). He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center of Latin American and Carribbean Studies at New York University and full professor of political science at the Escuela de Ciencia Política of the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.
Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell holds a doctore in Political Science from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She studied her Master´s degree at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and her B.A. in Political Science at the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. Her research on poverty and collective action in the city of Buenos Aires has received financial support from the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, the University of Miami´s North-South Center, and the University of Norte Dame´s Kellogg Institute.