photo: James Ferrer, Jr.

James Ferrer, Jr.

Research Professor of Business and International Affairs; Director, Center for Latin American Issues
Suite 450
Address: 2201 G Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-5205
Fax: 202-994-5225

Areas of Expertise

International economics, Latin America, Brazil


James Ferrer is the founder and director of the Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI), at The George Washington University. The Center was established in 1992 to help expand the University's Latin American Program; to stimulate the preparation of scholarly publications and articles on Latin America; to conduct educational training programs; and to encourage debate on major political, economic, and social issues affecting Latin America.

Dr. Ferrer received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. in Economics from Harvard University. From 1986 until 1990, Dr. Ferrer was the Deputy U.S. Ambassador and Acting Ambassador in Brazil. From 1979 to 1983, he was the director of the Office of Aviation and Communication Affairs for the Department of State. While at the Department, he conducted or oversaw negotiations with more than fifty countries and traveled extensively to expand U.S. airline operating rights. Dr. Ferrer worked as a Director of Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon from 1975 to 1979. In addition to these positions, Dr. Ferrer also directed the economic/commercial section at the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro, served in the economic sections of the U.S. embassies in Buenos Aires and Santiago, directed the "Brazil Desk" at the State Department, worked in the Intelligence and Research Bureau of the State Department, and served in the administrative offices of the Latin American Bureau.


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley