Center for Global Studies

Director Biographies

Dr. Jo-Marie Burt is Co-Director of the Center for Global Studies, Director of Latin American Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. Her research focuses on state violence, human rights, and transitional justice; social movements and revolutions; and democracy and civil society in Latin America. She brings to her teaching years of experience working with human rights organizations in Latin America and the U.S., including Peru’s National Human Rights Coordinator, Peace and Justice Service (SERPAJ)-Uruguay, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). As a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dr. Burt prepared a report on the evolution and impact of political violence in the urban community of Villa El Salvador that was incorporated into the Commission’s Final Report. She previously worked as editor at NACLA Report on the Americas. Dr. Burt has published widely on Latin American politics and society in academic journals, edited volumes, and in journalistic magazines and newspapers. She is author of Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), which was published in Spanish in early 2009 as Violencia y Autoritarismo en el Perú: Bajo la sombra de Sendero y la dictadura de Fujimori by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) and the Asociación Servicios Rurales (SER). She is co-editor of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004).

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Staff Biographies

Talisha Mottinger joined Mason in 2011 as the International Budget Analyst for the Global Office and Center for Global Studies.  Prior to coming to Mason, Talisha worked in finance for six years at the University of Arizona, working in all areas of University finance, from sponsored funding to departmental, state and tuition based funding. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's degree here at Mason.

Natalie Murray joined the Center in 2012, having graduated Mason with a B.A. in Global Affairs the previous year. In December 2012, Natalie will receive a Master's in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Conflict and Security. She has completed programs in Ecuador, China, Turkey, and Russia, as well as personal travel to Spain and Morocco. At various levels, she speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Russian. Natalie has previously held positions with Northern Virginia Community College in the Office of the Provost.

Ger FitzGerald, the Managing Editor of the Global Studies Review and CGS Web Editor, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at George Mason University. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from GMU and a B.Sc. in Leadership and Management Studies from New York University. He is a Presidential Scholar in the Political Science doctoral program at Mason and is a co-founder and past Chair of the Graduate Political Science Society (GPSS). His dissertation focuses on changing patterns of intermediation between Western European states and ethno-religious minorities. Ger's research interests are integration, assimilation and multiculturalism, and comparative immigration policy. He also teaches an undergraduate-level international relations course at Mason.


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