Virginia M. Bouvier was a senior advisor for Peace Processes for the Institute for almost 15 years. She joined USIP in January 2003 and headed USIP’s Colombia team from 2006-2017. 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 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 included Colombia, mediation and peace processes, conflict analysis and prevention, civil society, and gender and peacebuilding. Dr. Bouvier blogged at Colombia Calls.
She was a graduate of Wellesley College, had an MA in Spanish from the University of South Carolina, and held a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Latin American studies.
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