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Eliza Willis

Senior Faculty

Before joining the Grinnell College faculty in 1991, Professor Willis taught political science and political economy at Boston College and Tulane University. Her research focuses on Latin American politics and her work has appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review and World Politics. Her current research focuses on the impact of decentralization and intergovernmental relations in Latin America and the politics of trade negotiations in Central America. Ms. Willis teaches courses on Latin American politics, global development, international political economy, and the political economy of developing countries. She is strongly committed to fostering interdisciplinary studies at Grinnell and currently serves on the committees for the concentrations in Latin American Studies, Global Development Studies, and Environmental Studies. Ms. Willis is an avid birder, and passionate traveler (most recently to Costa Rica, China, England, Ireland, Japan, Nicaragua, and the Brazilian Amazon). She served as the director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's study-abroad program in Costa Rica in 2002-2004.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4875

Campus Job(s): 

Professor of Political Science

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On-Campus Address: 

103 Carnegie Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 1:00-3:30pm, Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm by appointment

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin, 1986 B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1977

Courses Taught: 

Pol-101: Introduction to Political Science Pol-251: International Political Economy Pol-261: State and Society in Latin America Pol-354: Political Economy of Developing Countries

Primary Academic Interest: 

Latin American politics

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 

Media Mentions: 

Americans can move past the toxic politics of the Trump era - but it won't be easy

Co-written with Barbara Trish / Salon / August 09, 2017