Kapiszewski, Diana

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Kapiszewski, Diana


Education: Dartmouth College, B.A., 1988; Middlebury College, M.A., 1991; Georgetown University, M.A., 1994; University of California at Berkeley, M.A., 2001, currently doctoral program student. Hobbies and other interests: Biking, running, hiking, music.


E-mail—[email protected].


Political scientist and writer. Georgetown University, director of academic programs for Center for Latin American Studies, 1996-2000.


Fulbright U.S. student fellow, 2004-05.


(Editor) Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics, Oryx Press (Westport, CT), 2002.


In the Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics, Diana Kapiszewski presents chapters by various scholars on the eighteen Spanish-speaking republics of Latin America, as well as Puerto Rico, Brazil (where the language is Portuguese), and Haiti (where the language is French). The authors write within a standardized format that provides a wide range of information on each country with a primary focus on the structure of the government. Also included is a list of the government leaders, a bibliography, and Web resources. Each country description comes with a chart that lists important information concerning economic, political, and social data. Noting that the "entries are concise, [and] well written," a Booklist contributor added that "this volume's country-by-country focus on twentieth-century politics makes it unique." Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis commented in the Library Journal: "Easy to use, … this important volume offers clear explanations of events, individuals, and dynamics."



Booklist, January 1, 2003, review of Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics, p. 936.

Library Journal, September 15, 2002, Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, review of Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics, p. 54.