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Leonardo Vivas - Fair Observer. Boston, MA, US

Leonardo Vivas Leonardo Vivas

Director - LATAM Initiative, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School | Fair Observer


A Fair Observer: Latin American politics, culture & human rights are research interests for Harvard University's Director, LATAM Initiative





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Professor Leonardo Vivas is a Fellow the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and is Director of the Latin American Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. At Fair Observer, he serves as the Editor-at-Large for Latin American issues.

Professor Vivas is a sociologist from Central University in Venezuela, with an M.Phil from University of Sussex, UK, and a Ph.D from Nanterre Université in Paris.

He founded and for several years has led Latin Roots, an organization devoted to Latino Culture and Education in Massachusetts. Professor Vivas has been a fellow and associate researcher at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. At Tufts University he taught a course about the Chavez Era in Venezuela. In Venezuela he was Director of Industry in the Development Ministry and founder of several nonprofit organizations.

Professor Vivas has published two books about Venezuela's political crises and co-edited another about grass roots management. He writes for the media both in the Boston area and in Venezuela.

Industry Expertise (7)

Media - Online


Public Policy

International Trade and Development

Writing and Editing

International Affairs


Areas of Expertise (6)

Journalism and the Media in Latin America

The Future of Information in Latin America

New Media in Latin America

Latin American Politics

Latin America

Freedom of Expression in Latin America

Accomplishments (2)

Editor-at-Large Latin America – Fair Observer (professional)

Fair Observer is a multimedia, multidisciplinary, multinational platform that provides analysis of issues, events, and trends of global significance. Fair Observer brings clarity to the complex and dynamic world we live in. Our aim is to provide a platform for voices from different disciplines, various philosophies and many parts of the world. Our goal is to give you a 360° view of the world, with a plurality of perspectives, with diversity and debate, and with the story behind the story.

Director – LATAM Initiative, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (professional)

The mission of the Carr Center, like the Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. The Center uses its research capacity to evaluate the human rights policies of the United States and other governments and to analyze the dilemmas that need to be resolved when human rights principles are brought to bear on major public policy choices.

Education (2)

University of Sussex: M.Phil

Nanterre Université: Ph.D.

Event Appearances (1)


Freedom of The Press in Latin America Conference  Harvard University



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