Lucia Dammert is a Professor of International Relations at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Born in Peru, her research interests lie in the field of public security, criminal organizations and criminal justice reform. Her expertise has been widely acknowledged in Latin America. Among her most recent books are Fear of Crime in Latin America (2012, Routledge) and Maras (2011, University of Texas Press) edited with Thomas Bruneau. She has held key advisory positions in Chile, Argentina, México and Perú and has served as key advisor at the Organization of American States and other regional organizations. At the global level she has been invited to be part of the UN Secretary General´s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, a Masters Degree from University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina.
RESEARCH PROJECT: Organized Crime, Corruption and Violence: Extortion in Latin America