Marc W Chernick


Professor in the Practice and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies


Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
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Dr. Marc Chernick is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of the Practice of Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He also serves as Director of the Georgetown- Los Andes Program on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown in 1996, he served as Director of the Latin American Studies program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Earlier he was the Assistant Director of the Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University. He worked for several years as a professor at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá and as a Visiting Professor/ Researcher at FLACSO-Ecuador in Quito and the Institute of Peruvian Studies in Lima. Chernick has written widely on issues of violence, guerrilla insurgencies and peacemaking in Colombia and in Latin America, and has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UNDP, USAID, the governments of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland and other international organizations and NGOs on issues of human rights, democracy, early warning and conflict resolution in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America and Africa. He currently is leading a project convening regional and community-level peace dialogues in conflict-affected regions of Colombia in anticipation of the signing of final peace accords in early 2016. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.


  • Ph.D. (1991) Columbia University, Political Science


  • Spanish (speak, read, write)