RIORDAN ROETT CHAIR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
Established in 2004 through a generous commitment by Robert J. Hildreth (SAIS '75) and supplemented by alumni and friends

RIORDAN ROETT (shown, left, with Robert Hildreth) is director of Western Hemisphere Studies and the Latin American Studies Program. From 1983 to 1995 he served as a consultant to the Chase Manhattan Bank in various capacities and from 1989 to 1997 he was a faculty fellow of the World Economic Forum at the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Roett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Bretton Woods Committee and is a former national president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). In December 2000, the president of Brazil named Dr. Roett to the Order of Rio Branco with the rank of commander. He is editor/co-editor of sixteen books and author of four books and over 140 articles, papers, opinion essays, congressional testimony statements, and book chapters. He joined the SAIS faculty in 1973 and has twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

ROBERT J. HILDRETH, SAIS 1975, was a member of Dr. Roett's first graduating class of students. His past gifts to SAIS have included endowed and current-use funding for internships for Latin American Studies students. The successful "Hildreth Challenge" of 2000-2002 generated an endowment of more than $100,000 for this purpose, and Mr. Hildreth's contributions have supported 18 student internships over the years. Mr. Hildreth is the founding president of IBS, Inc., a private firm in Boston that invests in and trades loans, bonds, and other debt instruments in international markets. He is also a past member of the SAIS Advisory Council.

 

"Bob Hildreth has been helping our students obtain valuable hands-on experience in Latin America for nearly a decade. I am deeply honored by the professorship he is establishing--which effectively doubles the resources available to our Latin American Studies Program students."
Riordan Roett

 

FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ is the inaugural Riordan Roett Professor of Latin American Studies. Formerly, Dr. González served as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, a professorial lecturer at the SAIS Bologna Center, and a lecturer in politics at St. John’s College, Oxford. His research interests include the geopolitical, economic and domestic political determinants of regime change throughout Latin America since 1940; the interactions of political and economic transitions in Latin America since the early 1980s; the political and economic prospects of Mexican democracy; and the increasing economic and political influence of Latinos in the USA as well as in their countries of origin. He has contributed to six edited books and to The Oxford Dictionary of Politics. Dr. González’ first single authored book, La economía política de las transiciones dobles: liberalización económica y democratización política en Chile y México, 1970-2000, will be published in 2006-2007 by the Fondo Cultura Económica (Mexico).