Dr. Isabella Alcañiz is Professor of the Department of Government and Politics and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, University of Maryland (UMD).

Professor Alcañiz studies the politics of climate change, social inequality, disaster policy, and gender with a focus on Latin America and Latinx residents of the United States. Her research has been published in Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Water Policy, Environmental Science & Policy, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review. Her books, The Distributive Politics of Environmental Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (2022) and the Environmental and Nuclear Networks in the Global South: How Skills Shape International Cooperation (2016), were published by Cambridge University Press. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Politics and Global Environmental Politics.

She received a PhD from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University and a Licenciatura in International Relations from the Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina).

Dr. Alcañiz co-chairs the GVPT Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Dr. Alcañiz is a commissioner of the City of College Park Restorative Justice Commission.


Areas of Interest

  • Latin American Politics
  • Gender Politics
  • Climate Inequality
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Latinx Politics
  • Climate Disaster Politics

GVPT 482: Latin American Politics

GVPT419B: Environmental Politics & Policy Analysis

GVPT888B: Democracy and Democratization

Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT482H Government and Politics of Latin America Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT482H Government and Politics of Latin America Fall 2018 Syllabus

Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center

GVPT Associate Chair

Co-Chair GVPT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee

Co-Chair Anti-Black Racism BSOS Initiative, subcommittee on policy and community engagement 

Faculty Affiliate of the Latin American Studies Center (UMD)

Faculty Coordinator for the Politics and Policy Concentration of the Environmental Science and Policy Program (UMD)

Committee member and faculty affiliate of the Environment and Society Foundation of the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science Graduate Program (University System of Maryland).

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Department of Government and Politics
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