Bios

President and Co-Founder:

Aníbal Nicolás Saldías

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Nicolás Saldías is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto with a disciplinary focus on Comparative Politics and International Development Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of income redistribution, with a particular emphasis on labour policy and income inequality in Argentina and Uruguay. In particular, his dissertation focuses on the role played by labour unions in Argentina and Uruguay after the financial crisis of 2001, and the election of progressive governments in 2003-04. He recently completed fieldwork in Argentina and Uruguay, and is currently in the process of writing his dissertation.

He received his BA Hons. at York University in Global Political Studies (2008), and a MA at the University of Toronto in Political Theory (2009). He is President and Co-Founder of LAPSSA (Latin American Political Science Association) at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the LASA’s Labour Section, Graduate Student Council. In addition, he is a Graduate Affiliate at the University of Toronto’s Center for Critical Development Studies (CCDS), and a member of Youth Canadian Association for International Development (YCAID). His research has received financial support from the Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellowship in Public and Economic Policy (2014) and the Noah Blackstein Graduate Fellowship in Political Economy (2015). He is also a researcher and English-language editor at ASL19, a civil rights organization focused on promoting Internet freedom in Iran and the Middle East. Recently, his work has been published by Motherboard. You can visit his personal website here.

Graduate Vice President and Co-Founder:

Charles Larratt-Smith

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Charles is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He also holds a BA from Brooklyn College and an MA from the City College of New York. His work focuses on the spatio-temporal variation of violence found in civil wars and post-conflict dynamics. His dissertation seeks to explain how the state’s insertion into spaces previously controlled by armed non-state actors creates semi-governed areas and more specifically to determine the conditions under which inter-group violence (or a lack thereof) is produced. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular in Bogotá, Colombia.

Undergraduate Vice President 

Sayumi Teshima

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Sayumi Teshima is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. She is doing a Double Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is a recipient of the Andrea Takas Scholarship Award that supports students who have shown a high-level of academic potential. Sayumi has a passion for human rights, and takes an interest in social service provision.

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