Laura BalbuenaLaura Balbuena

PhD candidate in Political Science from the New School for Social Research of New York. She holds a MA in Political Science from the same university and a BA in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP). Ms Balbuena is a researcher and consultant on gender issues, having published articles and given keynote addresses on the subject in different countries. She is currently a professor at the Political Science Department at PUCP, director of Peru Programs at the Institute for Study Abroad/Butler University, a visiting scholar at the University of Winnipeg, Canada and president of the Association for the Development of Girls, Boys and Adolescents at Risk. Ms Balbuena has also taught at the sociological department of Ramapo College and has been a Minority Scholar in Residence at the Political Science department of the Illinois State University at Normal. Ms Balbuena has been Secretary General of the Latin American Peace Research Association (CLAIP) and of the Executive Council of the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). She was awarded a Senesh Fellowship through the IPRA Foundation from 2004-2005.