José A. da Cruz is an assistant professor of political science in the Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he teaches comparative politics and international relations.
Jodi Finkel is an assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University. Currently she is investigating the Human Rights Office in Peru and Mexico. Her previous research focused on judicial reform in Latin America, with articles on Argentina and Mexico and a forthcoming book on judicial reform in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. Dr. Finkel is also a board member of Por un Mejor Hoy, a nonprofit organization that brings young people from around the world to volunteer in communities in Mexico.
Eric Patterson is an assistant professor of political science at Vanguard University. His publications include “Different Religions, Different Politics: Religion and Political Attitudes in Argentina and Chile,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43, 3 (September 2004); and the forthcoming book Latin America’s Neo-Reformation: Religion’s Influence on Politics.
Angelika Rettberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes and director of the Research Program on Peacebuilding. Her studies of the relationship between business and politics have been published in Business and Politics, Revista de Estudios Sociales, and Colombia Internacional; and in a book, Cacaos y tigres de papel: el gobierno de Samper y los empresarios colombianos (2003). A recent project concerned business participation in the peace processes of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Colombia. Currently, in the framework of the political economy of armed conflicts, she is studying the contribution of the private sector to conflict or peace.
J. Mark Ruhl is Glenn and Mary Todd Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College. He has written extensively on democratization and civil-military relations in Latin America, and specializes in the Central American region. His current research focuses on the changing political role of the armed forces in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Armed [End Page iii] Forces and Society, the Latin American Research Review, Current History, and the book Repression, Revolution, and Democratic Transition in Central America (ed. Thomas Walker and Ariel Armony, 2000). [End Page iv]