Brandon Hunter-Pazzara, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist II, Social and Behavioral Science

Brandon Hunter-Pazzara, Ph.D., is Technical Specialist in Social and Behavioral Science at Democracy International. Dr. Hunter-Pazzara is passionate about using the insights from social and behavioral science to strengthen democratic institutions, improve governance, and allow people in distinct contexts to work together to solve shared problems.

Prior to joining DI, Dr. Hunter-Pazzara completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University where he undertook research that examined the relationship between organized labor, economic development, and democratic institution building in Mexico. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, and he was a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego as well as the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University.

In addition to his dissertation research, Dr. Hunter-Pazzara has conducted both applied and scholarly research across the Americas exploring the themes of human rights, indigenous rights, governance, gender equality, civil society capacitation, corruption, and democracy. He speaks fluent Spanish and basic French.

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