Dr. Rebecca Bill Chavez

Dr. Rebecca Bill Chavez is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue where she contributes to policy discussions focused on human rights, democratic institutions, government accountability, civil society engagement, and hemispheric cooperation. Dr. Chavez is also a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, from 2013 to 2017, Dr. Chavez served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, overseeing strategy, policy issues, and government funding of hemispheric defense cooperation programs. Dr. Chavez was also tenured Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy. There, her research and teaching focused on Western hemisphere security and on comparative politics, with an emphasis on security and defense, the rule of law, and democratization. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Chavez served as an advisor to the Commander of U.S. Southern Command. In this capacity she traveled extensively across Latin America with the Combatant Commander to strengthen U.S. defense relations in the region. She is the author of The Rule of Law in Nascent Democracies: Judicial Politics in Argentina (Stanford UP). She has published op-eds in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Defense One, and her scholarly work has appeared in Courts in Latin America (Cambridge UP), The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics, Joint Forces Quarterly, Comparative Politics, The Journal of Latin American Studies, and Latin American Politics and Society. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and her B.A.from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.Follow Dr. Chavez on Twitter at @RebeccaBillChav.

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