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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. Borzutzky holds a Law Degree from the University of Chile, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Social and Decision Science where she is the Faculty Advisor for International Relations and Politics Program. At the Heinz College she serves in the MSPPM Core Committee and she is Co-Director of the Trade and Development Concentration.

Borzutzky serves in the Editorial Board of several journals including Social and Public Policy Review, Bicentenario: Revista de Historia de Chile y America, the Journal of Societal and Social Policy, and Poverty and Public Policy Journal


Borzutzky has received numerous Teaching Awards including 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.


Borzutzky teaches courses dealing with Comparative Politics, Comparative Foreign Policy, Globalization, and Human Rights. At The Heinz School she teaches the core Policy and Politics courses, as well as  courses on Women and Public Policy. Recently and on Human Rights, Conflict and Development.


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 that has marked Borzutzky’s research and teaching interests. Borzutzky writes about social policies because they are an excellent expression of the nature of the political system and political processes that generated those policies. Social policies also serve to understand the government’s impact on society.

Because of her concern with the relationship between government and society, she has also developed an interest in human rights issues. The study of human rights cuts across the domestic and the international fields, combining her interests in domestic politics and international relations. The focus of her research has been South America and specifically Chile.

Finally, the study of globalization and the policies associated with this process also cut across borders and disciplines. Globalization provides a new paradigm for the study of socioeconomic policies across the globe. Her research interests in this area focus on globalization’s effect on policies that affect poverty and inequality in the developing world.

Selected Publications Books

Borzutzky, S and Weeks, Gregory, 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: 2011-2004
Borzutzky, S. “Limited Truth and Partial Justice: Chile’s Human Rights Policies: 1990-2010” Submitted to Latin American Research Review, May 2010
Borzutzky, S and Sanhueza, C., “Multi-dimensional Poverty and the Concertación’s Chile

Solidario, in K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis, eds., Chile Under the Concertaci?n, Kirsten Sehnbuch and Peter Siavelis, eds.,  Forthcoming 2012

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, Forthcoming 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



Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Law Degree University of Chile