Mariano E. Bertucci

Visiting Scholar


Interdisciplinary Research Hub Affiliation(s): Governance & Human Rights Hub


Mariano Bertucci holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California and has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research at Tulane University. His expertise and teaching are in the areas of international relations theory, how democracies work in actual practice, on how to enhance relations between scholars and practitioners to improve both policy and research, and Latin America area studies. His work has been published in International Studies Perspectives, PS: Political Science & Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, by John Hopkins University Press, and featured in mass-media outlets such as Americas Quarterly, Politica Externa (Brazil), the Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed.

His current research project focuses on what’s new in global and transnational patterns of governance affecting the rights and empowerment of communities and individuals. Specifically, he will examine who are the new actors, what new claims are they raising, what mechanisms are they relying on, what new responsibilities are they helping create, whether they have been successful at doing so and why, and what lessons can be drawn for policymakers, NGOs and international governance institutions working on the strengthening of human rights at the domestic, regional and global levels.


Selected Publications

Edited Book

Scholars, Policymakers and International Affairs: Finding Common Cause (co-edited with Abraham F. Lowenthal) (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

“Why, and How, to Bridge the ‘Gap’ Before Tenure.” PS: Political Science & Politics Vol. 48, Issue 4 (Oct. 2015): 591-594.

“Toward Best Practices in Scholar-Practitioner Relations: Insights from the field of Inter-American Affairs” International Studies Perspectives Vol. 15, Issue 1 (Feb. 2014). (With Fabián Borges-Herrero and Claudia Fuentes-Julio.)

"Scholarly Research on U.S.-Latin American Relations: Where Does the Field Stand?" Latin American Politics and Society Vol. 55, Nº 4 (Winter 2013).

Policy Journal

“Why Obama’s Trip to Argentina is More Important than to Cuba” (March 2, 2016).

“The Region’s Moved On: U.S. Scholarship Hasn’t” Americas Quarterly (Spring 2013): 52-55.
[Also published in Portuguese in Política Externa Vol. 22, No. 2 Out / Nov / Dez 2013: 69-73]