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Silvia Borzutzky

Teaching Professor of International Relations and Politics

Email: sb6n@andrew.cmu.edu


Professional Background
Silvia Borzutzky is Teaching Professor of Political Science and International Relations and has been at the Heinz College since 2001.

Borzutzky serves in the Editorial Board of several journals including Social and Public Policy Review, The Journal of Societal and Social Policy, and Poverty and Public Policy Journal. She is also the Associate Editor for Latin America of the International Journal of Social Welfare and serves as the Contributing Editor for the Chile/ Political Economy section of the Handbook of Latin American Studies published by The United States Library of Congress. She is also Vice-president and co-founder of Poverty and Public Policy Caucus and as Associate Editor of the Berkshire International Encyclopedia of Social Policy.

At the Heinz College, she serves in the MSPPM Core Committee and is Co-Director of the Trade and Development Concentration.

Borzutzky has received numerous teaching awards including the Martcia Wade Award for Teaching Excellence from H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management, the Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service from Carnegie Mellon’s College of Humanities and Social Science, as well as the Otto A. Davis Award from the Heinz School for her Commitment to Social and Racial Justice.

She has also received the Carnegie Mellon University’s Panhellenic and Inter-Fraternity Council, “You make Difference Award for Dedicated Efforts to Students, Demonstration of Superior Leadership, Inspiration to others, and Contributions to Student Success”; The Carnegie Mellon University’s, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Award for Dedication and Excellence in Education; The Panhellenic Society’s Women Role Model Honor, and the Carnegie Mellon University’s, Student Life Office Women Role Model Honor.

Borzutzky teaches courses in International Relations, American Politics, Human Rights, Women and Politics, and Social Policy.

Latin America’s struggle with democracy and dictatorship has been reflected in the region’s socioeconomic policies, its human rights policies, and its approaches to the international economic system. It is this experience, which has marked Borzutzky’s research and teaching interests. Borzutzky writes about social policies because they are an expression of the nature of the political system and of the political processes and actors that generated those policies. Social policies also serve to understand the government’s impact on society and they are an expression of the prevalent political and economic philosophy followed by the political leaders.

Because of her concern with the relationship between government and society, she is also interested in human rights issues. The study of human rights, specifically human rights policies, or transitional justice policies, provides another venue to understand the impact that the government has on society and societal responses to the abuses. Moreover, human rights policies cut across the domestic and international fields, combining her interests in domestic politics and international relations, as well as her interest on democracy and dictatorship. The focus of her research has been South America and specifically Chile.

Selected Publications: Books

Silvia Borzutzky, Human Rights Policies in Chile: The Unfinished Struggle for Truth and Justice, Palgrave-McMillan, 2017

Mark Hyde and Silvia Borzutzky, Rent-Seeking in Private Pensions: Concentration, Pricing, and Performance, Palgrave-McMillan, 2016

Borzutzky, S and Weeks, G., eds., The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile, University Press of Florida, 2010

Borzutzky, S. and Hecht- Oppenheim, L., eds., After Pinochet: Chile’s Road to Capitalism and Democracy, University Press of Florida, 2006

Borzutzky, S., Vital Connections: Politics, Social Security and Inequality in Chile, Notre Dame University Press, 2002

Selected Articles and Monographs: 2016-2004

Silvia Borzutzky, “Chile: Political Economy”, Handbook of Latin American Studies, No 71, University of Texas Press, 2016, pp. 457-462

Silvia Borzutzky and Mark Hyde, “Chile's Private Pension System at 35: Impact and Lessons” Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, Vol. 32, Issue 12016 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21699763.2016.1148623

S. Borzutzky and M. Hyde, “A Just Retirement Future for Chilean Workers: Social Insurance or Private Savings?”, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester, WP , 214/2015, http://www.bwpi.manchester.ac.uk/workingpapers/wp-21415/

M. Hyde and S. Borzutzky, “Chile’s “Neoliberal” Retirement System? Concentration, Competition and Economic Predation in Private Pensions” Poverty and Public Policy Journal, Vol 7, Issue 2, June 2015, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pop4.v7.2/issuetoc;jsessionid=493D59818A66DCD71C47DA8917839F7A.f03t01

Borzutzky, S and Hyde, M, “Chile’s Social Welfare System: An analysis of the Role of the State and the Market in Health and Pensions” in Christian Aspalter, ed., Routledge Research Companion on Welfare State Systems, 2016

Borzutzky, S and Sanhueza, C., “Multi-dimensional Poverty and the Concertación’s Chile Solidario, in K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis, eds., Chile Under the Concertación, Kirsten Sehnbuch and Peter Siavelis, eds.,  2014

Borzutzky, S., “Pension Market Failure in Chile: Foundations, Analysis and Policy Reforms” in The Private Provision of Pensions: Risks and Opportunities, Special Issue, Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, Guest Editors: Mark Hyde, Jonathan Moizer and Sue Farrar, Forthcoming 2011
Borzutzky, S., “Reforming the Reform” in the special issue of the Journal of Policy Practice, R. Hoefer and J. Midgley eds., Forthcoming 2011
Borzutzky, S. and Madden E., “Markets Awash: The Privatization of Chilean Water Markets”, The Journal of International Development, 2011
Silvestre, G. and Borzutzky, S. “Contradictions and Absences: The Case of Instructional Leadership in Chile” Pacific Rim Studies Journal, Forthcoming, 2011
Ogrodnik, C and Borzutzky, S. “Women Under Attack: Violence and Poverty in Guatemala” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 12, No1, Jan 2011  [ LINK ]

Borzutzky, S. and Berger, D., “Dammed if you do and Dammed if you don’t: The Eisenhower Administration and the Aswan Dam Decision” Middle East Journal, Vol. 64, No1, 2010  [ LINK ]

Borzutzky, S. “Anti-Poverty Policies in Chile: A Preliminary Analysis of the Chile Solidario Program” Poverty and Public Policy: A Global Journal of Social Security, Income Aid and Welfare, Vol.1, No1, 2009 [ LINK ]

Borzutzky, S and Zwart, B. “Another Version of the Same Story: Is the 2009 Constitutional going to Make a Difference”, The Latin Americanist, Vol. 53, Issue 4, 2009  [ LINK ]

Borzutzky, S. and Weeks, Gregory, “Introduction” in Borzutzky, S. and Weeks, G. The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile, University Press of Florida, 2010

Borzutzky, S., “Socioeconomic Policies: Taming the Market in a Globalized Economy” in Borzutzky, S and Weeks, G., The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-, Pinochet Chile, University Press of Florida, 2010

Borzutzky, S. “Market Failure in Chile: Foundations, Analysis and Policy Reforms” in Mark Hyde and John Dixon eds., Social Security: Market, State and Associations in Retirement  Provisions, Edwin Mellen Press, 2008

Borzutzky, S., “Health in Chile: Is the Government doing everything it can to Achieve Social Justice” in International Health Law: Solidarity and Justice in Health Care, edited by A.P. den Exter, Maklu, 2008

Borzutzky, S. “Chile: Social Security Privatization, Economic Development and Inequality” in James Midgley and Kwong-leung Tang eds., Social Security, the Economy and Development, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008

Borzutzky, S. “The Politics of Impunity”, Latin American Research Review, Vol. 42, No 1, 2007 [ LINK ]

Axelrod Robert and Borzutzky S, “NATO and Terrorism”, Review of International Organizations, 2006

Borzutzky, S. “The Chilean Model: Myths and Truths of a Fully Funded System” in John Dixon et. al. in The Privatization of Mandatory Income Protection: International Perspectives, Edwin Mellon Press, 2006

Borzutzky, S. “Karl Polanyi,” in Tony Fitzpatrick et al. Encyclopedia of Social Policy, 2006

Borzutzky, S. “Social Security Systems: South America” in Tony Fitzpatrick et al. Encyclopedia of Social Policy, 2006.

Borzutzky, S. “The State and the Market: Confrontation or Cooperation? Social Security and Health Policies, 1989-2004” in Borzutzky, S. and Hecht Oppenheim, L. After Pinochet: The Chilean Road to Democracy and the Market, 1990-2004, University of Florida Press, 2006

Hecht Oppenheim, L. and Borzutzky, S. “Introduction” in Borzutzky, S and Hecht Oppenheim, L. After Pinochet: The Chilean Road to Democracy and the Market, 1990-2004, University of Florida Press, 2006

Borzutzky, S. “From Chicago to Santiago: Neoliberalism and Social Security Privatization in Chile” Governance, Vol. 18, No 4, October 2005

Borzutzky, S, and Kranidis, E., “The Evolution of the Polish Agricultural Sector: From Communist Rule to EU Accession” East European Politics and Society, Vol. 19, No 4, 2005 


M.A., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Law Degree, University of Chile