Renata Segura is currently the Associate Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, which she joined in September 2002. As such, she has overseen dozens of research projects and workshops on challenges to democratic governance and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on topics ranging from drug policy and food security to gender policies in the continent. Her research focuses on constitutionalism and constitution building, in particular comparing recent constitution making exercises in the Andes. She has also written on democratization processes, conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy. She recently published a chapter entitled "Conflict Prevention and Resolution: Lesson from Latin America" in the book “Polarization and Conflict in Latin America” (in print). Prior to coming to the United States, she worked for the research center CINEP in Bogotá, where she was a researcher on several projects related to civil society, conflict and political crisis. In addition to her academic background, Renata worked for several years as a reporter for a nationally televised news program and a widely-read news magazine. Renata received her Ph.D. from the political science department, New School for Social Research. At the New School, she was a Louis Fischer Fellow, an Inter-American Foundation Fellow, and a Colfuturo grant recipient. She holds an M.A. in comparative politics from the New School for Social Research and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
Programs and Projects
- Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
- (Associate Director)
- Ana María Bejarano and Renata Segura, Reforma institucional en Tiempos de Crisis: Lecciones de Colombia y Venezuela (July 2008).
- Renata Segura and Catherine Bellamy, Conflict Prevention in Bolivia and Ecuador : The Role of the International Community (February 2009).
- Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy, eds. Josh DeWind and Renata Segura (2014), http://nyupress.org/books/9781479818761/.