Catching up with...Guillermina Seri

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Guillermina Seri, associate professor of political science, joined Union in 2007. Previously, she was a visiting professor and postdoctoral fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. She has also taught at the National University of Catamarca, the National University of Entre Ríos and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

A native of Rosario, coming from Buenos Aires, Seri holds a B.A. from Catholic University of Córdoba, Argentina; a master’s degree from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO) in Buenos Aires; and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. She did her doctoral dissertation on “Policing and Democracy: The Influence of Narratives on Police Discretion.” Her research interests include the politics of policing and the persistence of state abuses in democracies.

FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: Facebook. I get updates of dozens of U.S., Argentine and international newspapers, independent media and investigative reports through the app.

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed” by James Scott

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: “Go as far as it takes you,” from my father

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Schaffer Library, especially the Northeast corner on the second floor, with its giant windows and spectacular views of the campus; and the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts, which is luxury for the soul.

GO-TO BREAKFAST: I would go to Storied Coffee for black tea and one of their vegan treats – truly a lovely place.

NETFLIX OR AMAZON: Actually, IMDb. This is where I go when looking for films. The site offers critic and user reviews as well as orientation on how to access the films.

FAVORITE PODCAST: A medium that I have yet to explore. Any recommendations?

ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: Visual arts instruction – to be able to draw, paint, or to take good photographs

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PANDEMIC DIVERSION/ACCOMPLISHMENT: My diversions: 1. Exploring travel destinations; returning to Greece, Italy, Uruguay, and – of course – Buenos Aires, and venturing into a couple of Caribbean islands. Colombia, Mexico and Maui also rank high on my list. 2. Zooming into the streets of cities I love to look around (thanks, Google Maps!). 3. Looking for apartments in those cities (it often ends up being Chicago, with the flashy blue waters of Lake Michigan). It was fun to discover that so many of us have been doing the same things, virtually exploring cities and alternative lives.

My accomplishment: Finishing my book manuscript :-)


MOST CREATIVE EXCUSE YOU HEARD FOR A LATE ASSIGNMENT: The student was delayed due to a long weekend family vacation overseas (in Florence, I believe).