B.A., B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (University of Waterloo)
Latin American politics, U.S. Congress, decision making, institutions, political parties, and Inter-American relations.
Before coming to Queen’s University, Robert received his Three-Year General B.A. in French, Joint Honours B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and M.A. in Political Science, all from the University of Waterloo. His M.A. cognate essay, entitled “Chile Between Authoritarianism and Democracy: Models and Realities,” tested the applicability of Guillermo O’Donnell’s bureaucratic-authoritarian model to Chile since the coup and into the beginning of the return to democracy. His doctoral thesis deals with congressional agenda-setting and the political status of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican case will be used to test John Kingdon’s model of agenda-setting and alternative specification. Can it explain why the Puerto Rican question fails to keep the attention of Congress and how possible solutions come to be?