Meet the Santiago Faculty

Classes offered through the Santiago Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter.  Many local professors hold regular appointments at Chilean universities or have served in prominent positions in local governments, policy organizations, or research institutes.  Courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise noted.


Autumn 2015-16: Helen Longino (Philosophy) | Valerie Miner (English)
Spring 2015-16: Hector Hoyos | Ximena Briceno (Iberian & Latin American Culture)
Summer 2015-16: TBA

Local Faculty

César Albornoz

César Albornoz finished his doctoral thesis on Chilean popular music at the Institute of History, Catholic University of Chile. He has conducted numerous research projects on twentieth-century popular music, and taught at various professional institutes in Santiago. His latest publication (2005) is on popular culture during the Allende period.

Germán Correa

Germán Correa received his Ph.D. in Sociology form the University of California at Berkeley. A prolific writer, Correa is an international consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America. He served as Minister of Transportation under President Patricio Aylwin, and as Minister of National Affairs under President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle.

Alexander Galetovic

Eugenia Gayo

Eugenia Gayo is a biologist who holds a graduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the Universidad Católica de Chile. She has taught at the Universidad de Chile, and has been a Research Assistant at the Universidad de Concepción. She is currently a consultant at the Center for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Biodiversity at the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Iván Jaksic (Program Director)

Iván Jaksic is Director of the Stanford Program in Santiago. He taught for many years at the Universities of California, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, and has held research appointments at Harvard and Oxford. A Guggenheim and NEH fellow, he is the author of Academic Rebels in Chile (1989), Andrés Bello: Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (2001), The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life (2007), as well as numerous edited volumes and essays in professional journals.

Alberto Van Klaveren

Alberto Van Klaveren holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Leiden. He is currently a full professor at the School of Law, University of Chile, and holds the rank of Ambassador. One of the country’s leading negotiators at the Hague, he has previously served as ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and as Policy Advisor for the United Nations Development Program.

Rolf Lüders

Sergio Missana

A creative writer, journalist, and scholar, Sergio Missana received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature from Stanford. He has contributed numerous articles on popular culture for Chilean, Mexican and US papers and magazines, and is the author of La máquina de pensar de Borges (2003). His latest fiction book is El día de los muertos (2007).

Álvaro Palma

Álvaro Palma holds a Biological Sciences degree from the Catholic University of Chile, and a doctorate in science from the University of Maine. An oceanographer with a diving and rescue license from the Chilean Navy, he has logged over 1500 hours of deep-sea diving in the Pacific Ocean and Antartica. His publications have appeared in Ecology, the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, and Polar Biology.

Iván Poduje

Iván Poduje holds an M.A. in Urban Planning and an Architecture degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile. He is currently a Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Católica, and a Research Associate at the Centro de Estudios Públicos, a leading think-tank in Chile. He has developed master plans for several urban development projects in Santiago and around the country.