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  • Juan Felipe Riaño

    Juan Felipe Riaño

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Economics

    BioJuan Felipe Riaño is a postdoctoral fellow at the King Center. He is an applied microeconomist with research interests spanning the fields of political economy, development economics, and economic history. His current research agenda focuses on understanding the determinants of state capacity in developing countries and the long-term impact of conflict and historical institutions on economic development. More recently, he has been interested in the organizational economics of public sector institutions and the role of cybersecurity in modern states. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia in 2022 and will join the economics department at Georgetown University as an assistant professor in August 2023.

  • J. Luis Rodriguez

    J. Luis Rodriguez

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Political Science

    BioI have a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University. My research centers on how developing countries build and maintain limits on the use of force in international law. I focus on the origins of the nuclear order primarily from a Latin American perspective. My work reconstructs the attempts of the Brazilian and Mexican governments to delegitimize the threat and use of nuclear force while securing access to peaceful nuclear technologies. By analyzing the Latin American participation in the crafting of nuclear weapon nonproliferation treaties, I aim to understand how developing countries react when technological advancements challenge existing limits on the use of force.

    I served as a Nuclear Security Fellow with the Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Hopkins, I was a junior advisor to the Mexican Vice-Minister for Latin American Affairs, working on international security cooperation in the region.