Barry Levitt holds a B.A from McGill University and an M.A. from York University, both in Political Science. In 1998-99 he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, Peru. In 2000, he served as Director of Political Analysis for the Carter Center / National Democratic Institute election observation mission in Peru. Levitt received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at FIU in 2007, he was Assistant Professor at Reed College and then at Emory University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of topics including comparative politics, Latin America, democratic institutions, and political violence. Levitt has contributed chapters to several edited volumes and has published articles in journals such as Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review and Journal of Politics in Latin America. He is also the author of a recently-published book on institutional politics in new democracies, Power in the Balance: Presidents, Parties, and Legislatures in Peru and Beyond (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).