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

    • Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento
    • The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People
    • The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People
    • European Consortium for Political Research
    • European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation
    • Latin American Studies Association
    • Oxford University Press
    • The Lancet Working Group on Women’s Movements and Violence Against Women
    • Politics & Gender
    • Latin American Politics and Society

    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 | 11/2021

    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 examine the challenges of the COVID-19 syndemic. They 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

    Cecilie Giambruno

    Dr. Juliana Martínez Franzoni

    GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 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 Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    Comparative Politics | 10/2020

    Moving Away from Maternalism? The Politics of Parental Leave Reforms in Latin America

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Michael Touchton

    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

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 05/10/2020

    The Social Consequences of COVID-19 in Latin America

    Organiser | 15/12/2020

    Preserving Social Cohesion in the COVID-19 Crisis: An Agenda for the EU-LAC Partnership

    Cooperation Event Online event: 15/12/2020 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Federal Foreign Office, European Union

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Speaker | 17/11/2020

    COVID-19 and Social Protection Responses in Latin America

    Other 17/11/2020

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Panelist | 13/11/2020

    The Perils of Policymaking in Latin America

    Workshop 13/11/2020

    Presentation by Merike Blofield of the main findings of her co-authored ECLAC study “Policy expansion in compressed time: Assessing the speed, breadth and sufficiency of post-COVID-19 social protection measures in 10 Latin American countries” on The Perils of Policymaking in Latin America panel.

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

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

    The Comparative Method

    GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Germany , Accountability and Participation Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Germany

    mini-module (open to UHH students as well)
    Instructor: Merike Blofield

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

    The Philosophy of Science and Causation

    GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Germany , Accountability and Participation Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Germany , Peace and Security Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Germany

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

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