Susan Brewer-Osorio

Assistant Professor
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Arizona

My research focuses on social movements and political violence in Andean South America. I am particularly interested in how illicit economies and related government policy shape violence and politics, and on post-conflict peace-building.


Employment and Education


  • Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Arizona, 2018-present

  • Assistant Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2015-2018

  • Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary, 2014-2015

  • Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellow, SSRC, 2011-2012


  • Ph.D. Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, May 2014

  • Dissertation title: Drugs, Oil, and Insurgency in Colombia

  • Committee: David Waldner (Chair), Herman Schwartz, Daniel Gingerich, Herbert Braun

  • M.A. Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, August 2007

  • B.A. Political Science and Sociology, Stetson University, DeLand, FL, May 2004



  • Javier Osorio, Susan Brewer-Osorio, Mohamed Mohamed, and Viveca Pavón, "Mapping Violent Presence of Armed Actors in Colombia", Advances in Cartography and Geoscience, Vol 1(16), July 2019,, 2019.

  • Susan Brewer-Osorio, “Mexico’s Democratic Consolidation” in Paulette Kurzer, Comparative Governance: Political Structure and Diversity Across the Globe, (McGraw-Hill 2nd edition, 2019)

  • Susan Brewer-Osorio (Norman), “Narcotization as Security Dilemma: The FARC and the Drug Trade in Colombia,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 41(8), 2018, pp. 638-659.

  • Susan Brewer-Osorio (Norman), “A Tale of Two Paramilitaries: The Political Economy of Local Paramilitary Rule in the Magdalena Medio, Colombia,” The Latin Americanist Annals, Vol. 56(1), 2012, pp. 36-56.




University of Arizona

  • Graduate Seminar: Digital Research in the time of COVID

  • Graduate Seminar: Conflict Resolution in Latin America

  • Development in 20th Century Latin America

  • Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America

  • Latin America-U.S. Relations: Trade, Security, and Power

  • Indigenous Resistance Movements in Latin America

  • Latin American Politics and Film 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Introduction to Comparative World Politics

  • Latin American Politics

  • Introduction to Political Violence

  • Political Violence Junior-Senior Seminar

  • Drug Trade in Latin America Junior-Senior Seminar

College of William and Mary

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Latin American Politics

  • Political Violence in Latin America Senior Seminar

  • Human Rights in Latin America Senior Seminar

University of Virginia

  • Development, Conflict, and Democracy in Latin America

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Center for Latin American Studies
University of Arizona


Center for Latin American Studies
University of Arizona

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