Susan Brewer-Osorio

Assistant Professor
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Arizona

My research focuses on the Andean region of South America with a particular interest in Colombian and Bolivian politics. My research looks at contentious politics more broadly, including social movements, political violence, the effects of the illicit economies on violent conflict and development, and 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

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Peer Reviewed Publications

  • "Narcotization as Security Dilemma: The FARC and the Drug Trade in Colombia," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 41, 2018, pp.638-659

Articles Under Review

  • "Multi-Actor Conflict and Violence in Colombia", co-authored with Javier Osorio, University of Arizona

Book Manuscript in Progress

  • Turning over a New Leaf? Drug Policy Reform in Plurinational Bolivia

Works in Progress

  • “Forbearance as an Electoral Strategy. The Politics of Coca Eradication in Bolivia”




University of Arizona

  • 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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