LAC Main Seminar Series: The Peruvian Political Crisis – A Round Table




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Convener(s): Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Speaker(s): Dr John Crabtree, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford; Dr. Cynthia Sanborn, Department of Social and Political Sciences of the Universidad del Pacífico, and Santiago Mariani, St. Antony's College Liaison Officer for Peru


John Crabtree is a research associate at the Latin American Centre in the University of Oxford where he has taught for many years. He is also a senior member of Saint Antony’s College. He has written, lectured and broadcast extensively on the politics of the Andean countries, chiefly Peru and Bolivia. His most recent book (co-authored with Francisco Durand) is Peru: Elite Power and Political Capture (Zed Books, 2017). Other titles include ‘Making Institutions Work in Peru: Development, Democracy and Inequality’ (Institute for Latin American Studies, University of London, 2006), and (co-authored with Laurence Whitehead) ‘Unresolved Tensions: Bolivia: Past and Present’ (University of Pittsburgh, 2008). He holds a masters degree from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Currently he is working on a book on the political influence of elites in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

Cynthia A. Sanborn is a Professor of Political Science at the Universidad del Pacífico, where she has also held various governance positions.  She has been Chair of the Board of the Peruvian Consortium for Economic and Social Research,  co-founder of Grupo Sofia: Professional Women in the Social Sciences, and is currently a member of the Peruvian National Education Council .   She has also been the Bloomberg Visiting Professor at Harvard University, a member of the Executive Session on the Politics of Extractive Industries at the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, and is currently a Fellow with the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.  Dr. Sanborn has numerous publications on issues related to Peruvian and international politics, extractive industries and development.  Her recent work focuses on China – Latin America relations and the impacts of Chinese investment in Latin America.  She has a PhD and MA in Government from Harvard University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.  

Santiago Mariani has worked for the last twenty years on the promotion and strengthening of democracy in Latin America.

As a consultant and political analyst, he has been involved with different international organizations such as the Organization of American States, The Carter Center, International IDEA, United Nations Development Program and the Canadian Unit for Andean countries. He has also worked as an advisor with the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires, the Anticorruption Prosecutor (Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru.

He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations (Salvador University-Argentina). He also has a Master´s degree in Political Action and Citizenship Participation (Francisco Vittoria University – Spain) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Public Policy in Latin America at the University of Oxford (The Latin American Centre – St. Antony’s College).

He has co-edited La política va al cine (Universidad del Pacífico, 2014) and La política es de cine (Centro de Estudios Polítics y Constitucionales, 2018). Since 2012 he is a lecturer on political science at Universidad del Pacífico (Perú). He is the Liaison Officer for Peru of St. Antony’s College. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis (Universidad de Salamanca).


Moderated by the Oxford Peruvian Society.

The event is organized by the Oxford Peruvian Society with the support of the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford.