Faculty Steering Committee

Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago & Rio de Janeiro, Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs

José Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2012 – 2013 he chaired the panel created by the IMF Board to review the activities of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office; in 2008-2010, he served as co-director of the UNDP/OAS Project on “Agenda for a Citizens’ Democracy in Latin America”; and in 2009 a Member of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

Prior to his appointment, Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director of the National Planning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Executive Director of FEDESARROLLO.

Ocampo has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.

Ocampo received his BA in economics and sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1976. He served as Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, and Visiting Fellow at Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Yale. He has received a number of personal honors and distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives Prize of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 “Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia.

The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence, with Luis Bértola (2012).

Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, edited with José Antonio Alonso (2012)

Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics, edited with Jaime Ros (2011).

Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis, edited with Stephany Griffith-Jones and Joseph E. Stiglitz (2010).

Growth and Policy in Developing Countries: A Structuralist Approach, with Lance Taylor and Codrina Rada (2009).

Ph.D., Economics, Yale University.

B.A., Economics and Sociology, University of Notre Dame.

PhD in Economics, Yale University

BA in Economics and Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Jaume Vicens Vives Prize of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, 2012

Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, Tufts University, Global Development and Environment Institute, 2008.

Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2013, Universidad Complutense (Madrid), 2013, and San Marcos University (Lima), 1998.

“Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award, 1988.

Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

“Alejandro Angel Escobar” National Science Award of Colombia

Research & Publications
The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, Columbia University Press, 2012.

Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Growth and Policy in Developing Countries: A Structuralist Approach, Columbia University Press, 2009.

Vice-Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago & Rio de Janeiro, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College

Nara Milanich, associate professor of History at Barnard College, specializes in modern Latin America and also directs the interdisciplinary MA program in Latin American Studies. Her research interests center on the comparative history of family and kinship, childhood, and gender and their relationship to class reproduction, state formation, labor, and law. She is the author of "Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850–1930" (DukeUniversity Press, 2009) and is currently working on two new projects. One traces the expansion of family rights (defined as new rights and recognition of non-normative families) in twentieth-century Latin America and the other explores forms of servitude involving children in post-emancipation Latin American societies. Her publications have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of Social History, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina, as well as in edited collections in the U.S., Chile, and Colombia. She is co-editor (with Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, Thomas Klubock, and Peter Winn) of "The Chile Reader" (under contract with Duke University Press). She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute

Walter E. Baethgen is the Director of the Program for Latin America and the Caribbean in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI - The Earth Institute, Columbia University). In the IRI he has been establishing regional research programs that aim to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, health, water resources, and natural ecosystems. Since August 2010 Baethgen has been acting as Distinguished Lead Scholar of the NEXUS program (Fulbright Foundation) that aims to inform the elaboration of policy with scientific research. Before joining the IRI Baethgen was a Senior Scientist in the Research and Development Division of IFDC (International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center) where he worked mainly in Information and Decision Support Systems for the Agricultural Sector (1987-2003). Since 1990 (first with IFDC and now with the IRI) he has been establishing and coordinating regional research programs in Latin America in collaboration with National and International organizations.

Baethgen has acted as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations (UNDP, UNIDO, FAO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Bank and the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Science (IICA). He participated as Principal Investigator in several NOAA and NASA International research programs. He also acted as consultant for the governments of Brazil, Paraguay, Guatemala and Uruguay, and for the private sector in Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela. He was a lead author for IPCC's Second (1995) and Third (2001) Assessments Reports and contributing author for the Fourth Assessment (2007), as well as the review editor for IPCC's special issue on Technology Transfer (2000). He serves or has served as a member of scientific advisory committees of several International organizations including the CGIAR's Science Council, IAI (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research) Science Advisory Committee, CIIFEN (Centro Internacional para la Investigacion del Fenomeno de El Nino), IGBP and WMO. He was also reviewer of several International research programs (NOAA, NASA, NSF, IAI, German government, Norwegian government).

Baethgen is an Editorial Board Member of the peer-reviewed journals Agricultural Systems (Elsevier Science) and Journal of the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO). He acted as a member of the advisory committees of the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) and of CLIMAG (Research Program for Climate Forecasts Applications in Agriculture, World Meteorological Organization). He was also a member of an Expert Team of Open Program Area Group (OPAG, WMO): "Developing Guidance on Climate Watches". Baethgen obtained his PhD and M.Sc. degrees in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from he University of Uruguay. He has over 100 publications to his credit.

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; Senior Vice Dean-Academic Programs, Columbia Engineering

Professor Kachani conducts research in the fields of dynamic pricing, revenue management, logistics, supply chain management, algorithmic trading, statistical arbitrage, traffic flow modeling, and transportation analysis. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of quantitative corporate finance, industrial economics, operations consulting, logistics, pricing, and production and inventory planning.

On July 1, 2014, Professor Kachani was appointed Vice Provost for Online Education. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to the Provost for Online Education. In this role, he oversees the development of Columbia University’s online, teaching and learning strategies.

Since July 1, 2011, Professor Kachani has also been serving as Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also serves on the Columbia University Senate, where is a member of the University Senate Executive Committee and the Chair of the University Senate Budget Committee. Between 2008 and 2014, he was the Director of Master's Programs and the Director of Executive Education of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.   MORE

Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Environment, Economy and Society

Don Melnick has general interests in population genetics, molecular systematics, and conservation. Primates, as long-lived, socially complex mammals, offer one of the best opportunities to assess the effects of sociality on population genetic structure. For this reason, he has sought to understand the factors underlying the genetic structures of primate populations. He uses this information to model the dynamics of genetic change, address questions concerning rates of genetic change, and examine the assumptions used to construct molecular phylogenies and date cladogenic events. Dr. Melnick's research has primarily focused on the evolutionary genetic consequences of the extreme female philopatry exhibited by members of the genus Macaca. He has also worked on numerous other Asian, African, and South American primates, and has conducted conservation genetic research on a variety of vertebrates from frogs to elephants.


Professor, Department of History, Barnard College; Director, Institute for Latin American Studies

José C. Moya is professor of history at Barnard College, Director of the Forum on Migration, and Professor Emeritus at UCLA, where he taught for seventeen years and directed an equal number of doctoral dissertations. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Paris, San Andres (Argentina), and Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and invited speaker or research fellow at the universities of Berlin, Vienna, Krakow, Oxford, Leiden, Louvain, Fudan in Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Campinas, Porto Alegre, the London School of Economics, and the Colegio de Mexico, among others.

Professor Moya has authored more than fifty publications, including Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, a book that received five awards and was the subject of a special forum in the journal Historical Methods for its contributions to migration and Latin American studies; and most recently, World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century (2011), co-authored with Adam McKeown, and The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (2011), an edited volume on Latin American historiography. He is currently working on a book about anarchism in Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World during the belle époque (1890-1914) and editing a book on runaway slaves, serfs, and peons worldwide, and another one titled “Atlantic Crossings: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, 1800-2010.”

Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology

Maria Uriarte is an Associate Professor in the Department for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Through an integrated program of empirical and quantitative approaches, research in her lab examines forest ecological dynamics in response to natural disturbance and human land use. Research projects focus on disturbance ecology, forest succession, and community assembly. Field sites span geographic regions where forests have been subject to different forms of anthropogenic disturbance, including fire, hurricanes, fragmentation, and expansion of tree plantations. The methodological thread that unites the diverse research projects housed in the Uriarte lab is the application of spatially-explicit modelling techniques, simulation, and other advanced statistical and modelling tools to understand and forecast the dynamics of tropical forests ecosystems in response to disturbance. Her current projects include studies of the dynamics of deforestation and reforestation in post-agricultural landscapes of Puerto Rico, the effects of fires in agriculture-forest mosaics in the Peruvian Amazon, and seed dispersal processes in fragmented forests in the Brazilian Amazon. Prior to Columbia, Uriarte was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Miguel Urquiola is SIPA's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for the 2012-2013 academic year.

He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He held prior appointments at the Russell Sage Foundation, Cornell University’s economics department, the World Bank’s research department, the Bolivian government, and the Bolivian Catholic University.

Urquiola holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor of Education, Teachers College

Regina Cortina directs a new research initiative on Civil Society Organizations and Education: Advocating for Change in Latin America, with Dr. Constanza Lafuente, who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the ICE program. The goal of this initiative is to study the advocacy strategies and contributions of civil society organizations in the field of education that are promoting the advancement of the right to education across the Americas. The research is looking into the success and challenges of such organizations that target governmental decision makers through the various policy stages, such as agenda setting, policy enactment, implementation and monitoring.

Professor Cortina launched The International Working Group on Indigenous Intercultural Bilingual Education, to provide opportunities for academics throughout Latin America to discuss issues related to Indigenous intercultural bilingual education (known as EIB, using the acronym in Spanish for Educación Intercultural Bilingüe). This initiative furthers our understanding of the challenges and limitations of current EIB policy arrangements for building equal educational opportunities for Indigenous children in Latin American countries. The research of the International Working Group is both relevant and timely. National governments regularly face the challenges of integrating Indigenous populations into their education systems, including the languages and cultures of these groups. With low achievement scores among Indigenous schools, some governments in Latin America are questioning further investments in Indigenous school resources, such as teacher training of EIB teachers. The Working Group can directly and positively influence this decision-making process.

The John P. Lambert, M.D. Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Cristiane Duarte is an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University - New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Duarte’s research is based on innovative population-based studies about the development of mental disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. Through the use state-of-the art sampling, recruitment and culturally appropriate assessment methodologies, she has sought to generate knowledge of relevance to diverse, often underserved and understudied populations. Currently, she is a leader of the Boricua Youth Study, the only multi-national source of information about how mental disorders develop from childhood to young adulthood in a Latino subgroup (Puerto Ricans).

Dr. Duarte’s work has received support from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the US National Institute of Health (NIDA, NIMH, NIAAA and NICHD). She is also a key member in several international collaborations in global mental health focused on how to improve child mental health services and implement interventions in low-resource settings. She has published several articles in psychiatric, psychological, public health, and pediatric journals.