Daniel Masís, Ph.D. - USA
Dr. Daniel Masís received his degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Licentiate in Political Science (with distinction), and his J.D. degree (with distinction) from the University of Costa Rica. His Ph. D. in International Relations (with distinction) is from American University, in Washington, D.C.
Professionally, Dr. Masís has been a government official, a consultant, and an academic. In his early career, he worked in the Office of National Planning and Economic Policy of the Government of Costa Rica, and then at the Central American Institute for Public Administration (ICAP), one of the oldest intergovernmental organizations of Central America. He has also been a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Foundation for Peace and Democracy (FUNPADEM, Costa Rica), and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
As an academic, he taught in the School of Political Science of the University of Costa Rica from 1977 to 2003, achieving the rank of associate professor. He was the director of the school from 1992 to 1996. From 1987 until 2001 he was also a guest professor, in the areas of U.S.-Latin American relations, and Latin American and Central American history and politics at American University and George Washington University (in D.C.) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Florida State University, Linfield College, St. Cloud State University, Union College, and the University of Delaware (in Costa Rica).
From 1994 to 2002 he was also a professor and researcher of the Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político y Administrativo (Center for Research and Administrative and Political Training, CIAPA, an independent private institute affiliated with Tulane University).
In 2003 he came to American University’s School of International Service as a visiting assistant professor, moving in 2007 to the position of scholar-in-residence and director of American University’s Master’s Program with the Inter-American Defense College. In 2008 he also became the director of American University’s Master in International Service Program, until July 2013. Since August of that year he has been a full-time professor at the Inter-American Defense College.
Dr. Masís is also a contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, an annual publication of the Library of Congress of the United States.
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