Meet the Santiago Faculty

Classes offered through the Santiago Program are taught by local faculty, the Center Director, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. Many local professors hold regular appointments at Chilean universities or have served in prominent positions in local governments, policy organizations, or research institutes. Courses are taught in Spanish unless otherwise noted.


Autumn 2018-19: Gabriel Weintraub (Busines School)
Spring 2018-19: Alexandria Boehm (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Summer 2018-19: Adrian Lew (Mechanical Engineering)

Local Faculty

Mabel Abad 

Mabel Abad has worked in the Spanish Language and Cultural Program for Stanford in Santiago since 2002. Through her vast academic experience, she has taught diverse groups of foreign students from American and European universities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, as well as other study abroad programs in Chilean universities and international institutions (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean -United Nations). She is the author of the books Blunders in Spanish and Language Aids (1998), Aim & Hit in Spanish as a Second Language (2005), and 12 Verbs in Contexts of Speaking (2010), all of which are used to support the teaching and learning of Spanish as a Second Language for students who attempt total immersion in the target language.

Felipe Agüero

Felipe Agüero is a professor of political science at the Instituto de Asuntos Públicos (INAP) at the Universidad de Chile. He obtained a PhD in political science from Duke University, and was a member of the Faculty in the Department of Political Science at Ohio State University, as well as the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami. He has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.), the Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the North-South Center in the University of Miami, and FLACSO in Chile. Before joining the University of Chile, he led the program in human rights at the Ford Foundation’s office for the Southern Cone and Andean Region. Agüero is the author of Soldiers, Civilians and Democracy: Post-Franco Spain in Comparative Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press) and is the editor and co-editor of several books in the area of comparative politics of democratization, military politics, and human rights and memory studies. He currently is preparing an edited volume on state and indigenous rights in Latin America.

César Albornoz

César Albornoz finished his doctoral thesis on Chilean popular music at the Institute of History, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He has conducted numerous research projects on twentieth-century popular music, and taught at various professional institutes in Santiago. His latest publication (2005) is on popular culture during the Allende period.

Andrés Bobbert

Andrés Bobbert holds a degree in German and Spanish Languages from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the Antonio de Nebrija University (Madrid, Spain). He has extensive experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language and has worked at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Goethe-Institute in Santiago. He has also taught linguistics, Spanish and German as foreign languages in several institutions in Chile, Spain and Germany.

Germán Correa

Germán Correa did his doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. A prolific writer, Correa is an international consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America. He served as Minister of Transportation under President Patricio Aylwin, and as Minister of National Affairs under President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle.

Iván Jaksic (Program Director)

Iván Jaksic is Director of the Stanford Program in Santiago. He taught for many years at the Universities of California, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, and has held research appointments at Harvard and Oxford. A Guggenheim and NEH fellow, he is the author of Academic Rebels in Chile (1989), Andrés Bello: Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Latin America (2001), The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life(2007), as well as numerous edited volumes and essays in professional journals. He is also General Editor of the Historia Política de Chile, 4 vols. (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2017-2018).

Rolf Lüders

Rolf Lüders is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, as well as being a professor at Stanford in Santiago. He received an MBA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University (1968-1971), Director of the Capital Market Development Program of the Organization of American States (1971-1974), Chairman of the Morgan-Finansa Bank in Chile, a member of the Legislative Commissions of Chile (1974-1981), Secretary of the Economy and Secretary of Finance of Chile (1982-1983), Director General of the International Center for Economic Growth (ICEG) from 1994 to 1997, editor of Cuadernos de Economía: Latin American Journal of Economics (1999-2001), and Professor and Director of CEDIEM at the department of Business Administration at Diego Portales University (2002-2005). He is co-author of several books and has written numerous journal articles. He writes a regular column for La Tercera, a local newspaper. He occasionally serves as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, the Agency for International Development of the US, and other international organizations as well as some local business firms.

Sergio Missana

Sergio Missana is a Chilean author, scholar, editor, journalist and activist. He is the author of thirteen books, including novels, essays, children’s books and a collection of travel pieces. He holds a PhD and an MA in Spanish from Stanford University and a BA in Social Communications from the University of Chile. He is currently the Americas Director of the Climate Parliament, a UK-based environmental organization that promotes renewable energy. He served as Director of Publications at the BBVA Foundation in Madrid and as a member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre in Brussels. He has collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi and was an editor of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report in Chile.

Thomas O'Keefe

Thomas Andrew O’Keefe is a dual national of the United States and Chile. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, and received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. He has an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford.  In 1986, he worked for the legal departments of the Chilean Human Rights Commission and the Vicaría de la Solidaridad. He has taught at Stanford University since 2007, and previously at other universities.  He served as Chair of the Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute between 2011 and 2016. He is the author of Latin American Trade Agreements (Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, Inc. 1997-), Latin American and Caribbean Trade Agreements: Keys to a Prosperous Community of the Americas (Leiden NL: Martinus Nijhoff (Brill), 2009), and Bush II, Obama, and the Decline of U.S. Hegemony in the Western Hemisphere(New York: Routledge, 2018). In 2005, he received a Fulbright Scholars Award to lecture on international trade at the National Universities of Córdoba and Rosario in Argentina and conduct research on the Argentine energy sector for a chapter in a book published by the CSIS in 2007. In 2011, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to lecture on the Peru-United States Free Trade Agreement at the Law School of the Catholic University of Peru. O’Keefe is currently the President of Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.  

Iván Poduje

Iván Poduje holds an M.A. in Urban Planning and an Architecture degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is currently a Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Catholic University of Chile, and a Research Associate at the Centro de Estudios Públicos, a leading think-tank in Chile. He is also a partner in Atisba, a firm of urban consultants. He has developed master plans for several urban development projects in Santiago and around the country.

Hernán Pons

Hernán Pons has worked in the Stanford Center since its foundation in 1990. Former Spanish Language Program Director, he has taught Spanish courses at different levels and conducted personalized tutorial workshops, which aim at helping students in their academic goals as well as in their overall adaptation process in Chile. He holds a M.Sc. Degree in Linguistics from NYU University and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. He has been a professor of Linguistics, English, and Spanish in the Language Department at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, as well as in other Chilean and foreign institutions. Hernán has also been an Official Language Examiner at the Embassy of Great Britain in Chile, since 1980 to date.

Sharon Reid

Sharon Reid holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She has extensive experience leading workshops on biodiversity and ecology, and has worked for several educational institutions and NGOs including the University of Chile, Fundación Senda Darwin and The Nature Conservancy. In 2002, she served as director of an Education Project in rural Chiloé on Inquiry-Based Teaching in ecology (National Committee of Scientific Investigation and Technology of Chile: CONICYT). Prof. Reid has published numerous journal articles on the ecology and conservation of birds, with a central interest in birds as seed dispersers for plant regeneration and forest biodiversity. She has also authored book chapters on the practices of forest landscape restoration (IUCN 2011) and co-authored book chapters on the diversity and conservation of forest birds. Born in the United Kingdom but having lived most of her life in Chile, she has an inbred passion for natural history and sharing her expertise with students in the field. She has been a lecturer at the BOSP Stanford in Santiago program since 2008, with a two-year break, when she lived in Sydney, Australia (2009-2011). She teaches a course on biodiversity and ecology in the Southern Cone. 

Emilio Rivano

Emilio Rivano received his Ph.D. in General Linguistics in 1991 from Lund University (Sweden). The thesis dealt with Spanish and Mapudungu, the language of the Mapuche. He has taught and done research in several institutions, among which are the universities of Lund, Berkeley, Universidad de Concepción and Stanford. He has published in the fields of semantics, syntax, rhetoric, and Spanish. For several years, he was resident director of the University of California in Chile, in charge of the Concepción Program. Recently, he has created and published teaching material specifically adapted to American students learning Spanish, in general, and Chilean Spanish, in particular.