Virginia M. Bouvier is senior advisor for Latin America programs. She joined USIP in January 2003 and has headed USIP’s Colombia team since 2006. She was seconded in 2012-13 to serve as a process design expert for the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts. For the previous seven years, she was an assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Maryland. From 1982 to 1989, Bouvier served as senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America, where she focused on Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Bouvier has also served as a consultant and research director for the Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas, a joint project of the Inter-American Dialogue and the International Center for Research on Women, and as a consultant for USAID, UN-Women, World Bank, Levi Strauss Foundation, Levi Strauss and Co. and the C.S. Fund. Her areas of expertise include Colombia, mediation and peace processes, conflict analysis and prevention, civil society, and gender and peacebuilding. Dr. Bouvier blogs at Colombia Calls.
She is a graduate of Wellesley College, has an MA in Spanish from the Univ. of South Carolina, and holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin American studies.
- Colombia: Construcción de la paz en tiempos de guerra (Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, 2014).
- Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2009).
- “Sidelining the Spoilers,” (with George Lopez), Nov. 26, 2014, ForeignPolicy.com.
- “Innovations in the Colombian Peace Process,” in Mediation Perspectives 2013-2014 (Dec. 2014), Center for Security Studies/International and Security Network ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich Germany.
- “Could Colombia’s Election Kill Its Peace Process?” ForeignPolicy.com, June 13, 2014.
- “¿Se hace el camino al andar? Reflexiones sobre los mitos, retos, y oportunidades para la sociedad civil en la transformación del conflicto colombiano,” Escenarios Posconflicto en Colombia: Agenda, Oportunidades y Hoja de Ruta. Barcelona: International Catalán Institute of Peace, 2014.
- “Ideas para la Paz,” La Bagatela: Revista de derechos humanos, Bogota, Colombia, 2013.
- “Turning the Tables,” ForeignPolicy.com, November 27, 2013.
- “Global Conflict Prevention Mechanisms and their Relevance for Latin America and the Caribbean", Pensamiento Propio [Journal of Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales/CRIES], Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.
- “El proceso de Caguán y la comunidad internacional,” in Proceso de paz en Colombia, ed. Sandra Borda and Fernando Cepeda, Ecco Press/HarperCollins, 2012.
- Civil Society Dialogues for Peace in Colombia,” in David Smock and Daniel Serwer, eds., Facilitated Dialogue: USIP’s Work in Conflict Zones (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 2012).
- "Crossing the Lines: Women's Social Mobilization in Latin America," in Governing Women: Women's Political Effectiveness in Contexts of Democratization and Governance Reform, edited by Anne Marie Goetz (Routledge, 2008)
- Whose America? The War of 1898 and the Battles to Define the Nation (Praeger Press, 2002).
- The Globalization of U.S.-Latin American Relations: Democracy, Intervention, and Human Rights (Praeger Press, 2002).
- Women and the Conquest of California (University of Arizona Press, 2001, 2004)