Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies


  • Short CV

    • Since 01/2020: Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin America

    • 2019: Full Professor with tenure, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

    • 2015 - 2019: Director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, University of Miami

    • 2010 - 2019: Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

    • 2011 - 2012: Visiting Research Professor, INSPER, São Paulo

    • 2006 - 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

    • 2003 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Grand Valley State University,

    • Education: Ph.D, UNC-Chapel Hill, Political Science; M.A. York University, Political Science; Honors B.A., York University, Political Science

    Current Research

    • Gender and Policy

    • Latin American Politics

    • Comparative Politics

    • Families and socio-economic inequalities

    • Politics and policy

    Countries and Regions

    • Latin America


    Memberships

    • Think7, Research-based policy recommendations for the G7, since 2022
    • Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento, Member of Advisory Board on Social Security Reform in Argentina, since 2020
    • The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, Secretariat of the Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, since 2020
    • The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, since 2020
    • European Consortium for Political Research, Member of Award Committee for the best paper presented by a junior scholar on Latin America, since 2020
    • European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation, Member of Award Committee for the Concurso EU-LAC de Ensayos sobre la Asociación Biregional (EU-LAC essay competition for best essay(s) on the biregional relationship), since 2020
    • Latin American Studies Association, Member of Award Committee for the Bryce Wood Book Award, 2020 - 2021
    • Oxford University Press, Co-editor of the Latin America section, Oxford International Handbook on Public Administration of Social Policy, 2020 - 2021
    • The Lancet Working Group on Women’s Movements and Violence Against Women, Lancet working group on women’s movements and violence against women, focusing on in-depth analysis of the role of women’s movements in reducing violence against women, in South Africa, Nicaragua, Australia, and India, since 2020
    • Politics & Gender, Editorial Board Member of Politics & Gender, since 2018
    • Latin American Politics and Society, Editorial Board Member of Latin American Politics and Society, since 2007

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-560merike.blofield@giga-hamburg.de


    Lancet Global Health, The | 01/2022

    A Diagonal and Social Protection Plus Approach to meet the Challenges of the COVID-19 Syndemic: Cash Transfers and Intimate Partner Violence Interventions in Latin America

    The authors of this paper argue that building programmatic linkages between social protection platforms, particularly cash transfers, and IPV prevention, mitigation, and response services, creates synergies that can promote freedom from both poverty and violence.

    Prof. Dr. Felicia Knaul

    Renzo Calderon-Anyosa

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Amber Peterman

    Dr. Juliana Martínez Franzoni

    Megan O'Donnell

    Dr. Flavia Bustreo

    GIGA Focus Global | 6/2021

    The Shadow Pandemic: Policy Efforts on Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19 in the Global South

    With the pandemic, the risk of violence against women and children, especially within the home, increased further as people sheltered at home at the same time that they faced great financial and emotional stress. The authors of this GIGA Focus assess government efforts to address and treat gender-based violence.

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 2021

    Beyond States and Markets: Families and Family Regimes in Latin America

    Fernando Filgueira

    Cecilia Giambruno

    Dr. Juliana Martínez Franzoni

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 7/2020

    Social Policy Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis and the Road Ahead

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office

    Research Project | 01/10/2021 - 01/10/2022

    COVID-19 in Latin America: The Role of Social Protections for Households with Children

    This project analyzes the socio-economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the intervening role of social protections, on families with children in eight Latin American countries. The region, with high levels of inequality, labor informality, and urbanization, has been particularly hard hit by both pandemic deaths and economic effects. The social protection responses, however, have varied dramatically, from a massive emergency assistance plan in Brazil to virtually no additional cash transfer aid in Mexico.
    DFG, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/10/2020 - 31/10/2021

    Policy Tracker on Gender-Based Violence

    The policy tracker aims to provide context, insight and analysis into governmental response to issues of gender based violence during the coronavirus pandemic. We will collect data globally, and engage in more detailed case studies of a smaller set of countries. Our goal is to create a publicly available knowledge exchange platform for policy-makers, scholars and advocates.
    BMZ, GIGA, 2020-2021

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 02/08/2021

    COVID-19 Special: Latin America

    DW News | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 02/08/2021

    COVID-19 Special: Latin America — the new hot spot

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 05/10/2020

    The Social Consequences of COVID-19 in Latin America

    Speaker | 25/11/2022

    The Politics of Social Protections during Times of Crisis

    In her lecture, Blofield will discuss the main findings and the three interactive variables that explain for this variation: policy legacies, divided government, and fiscal space.

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Speaker | 02/11/2022

    Policy Efforts on Cash Transfers and Violence Against Women in Latin American Countries

    United States National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland: 02/11/2022

    Invited presentation for "Latin America: Synergizing Health
    Research Across the Hemisphere"

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Discussant, Moderator | 25/10/2022

    Brazil’s Run-off Elections: Democracy at Risk

    Brazil, one of Global South’s largest democracies, is heading for the decisive second round of its presidential elections on Sunday 30 October. However, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly threatened not to accept the vote if he should lose. At this GIGA Talk, we will discuss the consequences for Brazil and its relationship with Europe.

    Teaching | GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies | Accountability and Participation | GIGA Doctoral Programme | 2020

    The Comparative Method

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    mini-module (open to UHH students as well)

    Teaching | GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies | Accountability and Participation | Peace and Security | GIGA Doctoral Programme | 2020

    The Philosophy of Science and Causation

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    GIGA Doctoral program course, December 2020 (16 course hours) (open to UHH students)

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