Catherine Bartch is the Associate Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Co-Director of the Penn Model Organization of American States (OAS) program, an experiential, participatory educational program engaging Penn undergraduates and high school students in examining, debating, and writing policy proposals on critical problems in the Americas. Her research interests include Latin American politics, democratic theory, civic education and participation, international development and identity politics. She has taught an array of courses on these topics and others, including International Organizations in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Latinxs and the Law, and the Politics of Identity – to name a few—at various regional private and public universities and community colleges. Her current research and teaching focuses on how to educate for global political participation. She is involved in local and state-level politics, and she recently served as an OAS election monitor in Bolivia.
Expertise: Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics; International Relations; Latin America