Jo-Marie Burt is a senior fellow at WOLA specializing in Peru. She teaches political science at George Mason University, where she is currently acting co-director of the Center for Global Studies. Her research focuses on political violence and state power, human rights and transitional justice, and social movements in Latin America.
She currently directs a research project on efforts to prosecute perpetrators of grave human rights violations committed in the context of Peru’s internal armed conflict (for more information see the project website at http://rightsperu.net) and in Latin America more broadly.
Professor Burt has worked closely with human rights organizations in Latin America and the U.S., including Peru’s National Human Rights Coordinator and the Institute for Legal Defense (IDL). In 2002-3, she worked as a researcher for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
She was an international observer for WOLA to the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who in 2009 was convicted for his role in grave human rights violations. In 2010, she was the “Alberto Flores Galindo” Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Professor Burt’s book, Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru is a definitive study of insurgent violence and the state’s brutal counter-insurgency methods. She co-edited Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform, which covers such topics as diversity, drug trafficking and political change. She is currently writing a book about the Fujimori trial. She writes about Peruvian politics at http://acontracorriente.lamula.pe/ and http://www.noticiasser.pe/contracorriente and on Twitter at @jomaburt.