Pamina Firchow earned her Ph.D. in Development Studies (2009) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where her research dealt with the uprisings of the unemployed groups in Argentina around the 2001 economic crisis. She also holds an MSc (2002) in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and an M.A. (2005) in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was a Rotary World Peace Scholar.
Firchow's teaching and research focus on issues of conflict and international development. In particular, her research focuses on the nexus between transitional justice and international development, as well as the role of revolutions, uprisings and social movements as agents of change in Latin America. She is currently at work on a project on developing alternative indicators for measuring local perceptions of progress toward peacebuilding and statebuilding in Africa, funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
Before entering academia, Firchow worked (in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America) on the worldwide campaign to stop the spread of small arms and light weapons with the Federation of American Scientists, Saferworld, the Small Arms Survey, the Asociación para Políticas Publicas, and the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. She is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, with good knowledge of Italian and French.
Visit Pamina's website at http://paminafirchow.wordpress.com/