Former Graduate Fellows
Dr. Ryan Edwards received his BA in Geography from UC Berkeley and is completing his PhD in History at Cornell. His work combines historical geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. Dr. Ryan Edwards is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) & was previously a Visiting Associate Research Scholar 2018/19, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University.He spent eighteen months in Argentina conducting fieldwork for his dissertation, which reconstructs an environmental history of the Ushuaia Penal Colony in southernmost Patagonia.
Jaime Ortiz-Pachar is a PhD student in the department of Natural Resources. His research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of invasive species in the Galapagos Islands. Through a political ecology perspective his project aims to understand the effects of the invasive species discourse in the environmental governance of the Galapagos, in one hand; and in the other hand, to explore the relationship between invasive earthworms and invasive plants. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jaime worked for the Charles Darwin Foundation, an international NGO in the Galapagos. His work was related to the integration of scientific research into public policy. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Environmental Management, and Environmental Monitoring and Modelling, both from King’s College London.
Maria Jimena Vladez is a former Graduate Fellow and a student in the Government Department, majoring in Comparative Politics. She is interested in the social and electoral consequences of the economic crises, both in Latin America in the 80s and 90s and in contemporary Europe. Jimena is also a graduate student member of the LASP Advisory Committee '19-'21.