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Renowned Latin America Scholar Peter H. Smith Joins the Josef Korbel School

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The University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies is honored to announce the appointment of Professor Peter H. Smith as a visiting scholar and an affiliate with the school's Latin America Center. He is widely regarded as the premier expert on U.S.-Latin American relations.

Prior to joining the Korbel School, Professor Smith was Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at UC San Diego. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received his PhD from Columbia University. He has been a faculty member at Dartmouth College, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and held visiting appointments at numerous universities in Latin America as well as in Spain and China.

"The Latin America Center will be greatly enriched by the contributions of Professor Smith, positioning Denver in its rightful position as a hub of activity on western hemisphere affairs," said Professor Aaron Schneider, center director.

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Korbel School, said, "As a renowned expert on democracy and Latin America, Professor Smith brings to the Korbel community extraordinary talent and energy from which our students and faculty alike will benefit enormously."

Professor Smith's most recent books include "Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States and the World," "Modern Latin America" and "Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective."

In 2013 he received the prestigious Kalman Silvert Award from the Latin American Studies Association in recognition of his lifetime contributions to scholarship in the field and to the profession at large.

The Latin America Center is one of the Korbel School's 13 research centers, institutes and clinics which add depth and breadth to teaching, research and practical problem-solving. The center supports and coordinates educational, research, policy and cultural activities related to Latin America and international relations in the region.