Eduardo Gamarra, Ph.D.

Lead for Latino Public Opinion Forum, Professor

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy



Dr. Eduardo A. Gamarra received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He has been affiliated with Florida International University since 1986 where he is currently a tenured-full professor in the department of politics and international relations. Between 1994 and 2007 he served as director of FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) a federally supported National Resource Center for Foreign Language and Area Studies. At LACC he also co founded and edited Hemisphere, a magazine on Latin American and Caribbean affairs. Under Gamarra’s leadership, LACC became one of the fastest growing and most dynamic Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs in the United States. Dr. Gamarra 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); Centro América 2020: Un nuevo modelo de desarrollo regional (Nueva Sociedad, 2002), and Entre la Droga y la Democracia (Freiderich Ebert Foundation, 1994). The author of nearly one hundred articles on Latin America and the Caribbean, he has testified several times in the US Congress on Latin America and Caribbean issues affecting US policy.inally, Gamarra is a co-founder of Newlink Research, a consulting firm dedicated to electoral and public policy campaigns throughout Latin America. Since 2006 and in partnership with Colombia’s Centro Nacional de Consultoría, Gamarra has been involved in the Iberoamerican Governability Barometer, a major survey of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula. As a result of these experiences, his major future project is a book on campaigns, elections and public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.