Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD Assistant Professor / Director of Latin American Studies
Paola Fajardo-Heyward received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and joined the Political Science Department in 2010. Her research focuses on the political economy of human rights. She is especially interested in how different sources of revenue, such as foreign aid, impact human rights practices in the developing world. Dr. Fajardo-Heyward also has an interest in Latin America particularly in Andean region countries.
At Canisius College, Dr. Fajardo-Heyward teaches classes on Human Rights and Globalization, Aid and Development, the Politics of Latin America as well as other classes related to comparative politics and the developing world. Prior to coming to Canisius, Dr. Fajardo-Heyward was part of the Cingranelli and Richards (CIRI) Human Rights data project. While at Binghamton, she also taught classes on the Politics of Latin America, the Political Economy of Human Rights and International Organizations and the Developing World. In 2009 she was the recipient of the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Dr. Fajardo-Heyward is active member of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.