Robert Barr, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, received a Ph.D. (2002) in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an M.A. (1994) in Foreign Affairs and a B.A. (1990) in economics with a minor in international relations from the University of Virginia.
An expert in Latin American politics, Dr. Barr has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Party Politics, and Third World Quarterly. His work also appears in the edited volumes The Fujimori Legacy and the forthcoming Decentralization in Asia and Latin America.
In addition, he is one of the authors of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Handbook of Democracy and Governance Program Indicators. He has presented numerous papers at domestic and international conferences held by the American Political Science Association, the International Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Latin American Studies Association, among others. Most recently, he presented “The Sources of Latin American Populism” at the American Political Science Association’s annual convention in 2010.
Dr. Barr’s experience also includes field research in Bolivia and Peru; development work in El Salvador, Guatemala, Philippines, Senegal and Uganda; language study in Mexico; and travel in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and Europe. His honors include grants or fellowships from the University of Mary Washington, the University of Miami, the University of Texas, USAID, and the National Security Education Program.
In 2010, Dr. Barr received the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award. He held the UMW Jepson Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year, and in 2007 he received a highly competitive and prestigious Junior Faculty Research Grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation.
He has served as a grant reviewer for the David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship Program and the Economic and Social Research Council; a manuscript reviewer for multiple academic journals; and an advisory panel member for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventative Action. Dr. Barr is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Latin American Studies Association.