Carlos Juarez

Grants Officer
JuarezC [at]
Area of Expertise: 

Diplomacy; Disaster management and humanitarian assistance; Global governance; Global political economy; International conflict management; International education; International relations; US foreign policy

Carlos Juárez is an American political scientist and public diplomacy practitioner. He joined the management team at the East-West Center in 2021 after a long career in higher education, where he developed and coordinated a range of innovative international education and exchange programs. As the East-West Center Grants Officer, he leads the Center’s efforts in managing, developing, and coordinating grants for external funding of EWC programs and activities, including support from US and foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and foundations, among others. 

Carlos has expertise in international politics, cross-cultural relations, global governance, multilateral diplomacy, and comparative political economy of East and South Asia, Latin America, and post-communist Europe. He is professor emeritus of political science at Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, where he worked full-time from 1997 to 2017 and served as Department Chair and Dean of International Studies. He has held research fellowships at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA, Caracas, Venezuela), University of California-San Diego, University of Oxford (UK), and Rice University in Texas, and has been a visiting lecturer in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Germany, UAE, and Ukraine. As a cultural ambassador, he is most passionate about people-to-people exchanges and helping train the next generation of global leaders. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico (2000), Czech Republic (2003, 2005), Austria (2015), and India (2017), and is a regular grant evaluator for different Fulbright programs.  

In addition to his work as a higher education leader, Carlos has diplomatic experience and service on a number of community boards. He served on the Consular Corps of Hawai‘i from 2008 to 2015 as Honorary Consul of Peru to Hawai‘i and the Pacific (and since 2015 as Consul Emeritus). As Honorary Consul he was an official delegate to the November 2011 Leaders’ Summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum (APEC, held in Honolulu) and served as simultaneous interpreter and whispering translator for then Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in bilateral meetings with other world leaders. He served many years on the Board of Governors of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC, the world affairs council for the State of Hawai‘i), and as President of the Hawai‘i chapter of the Fulbright Association, helping to support incoming Fulbright students and scholars. He continues to be an occasional host for “Global Connections,” a video podcast sponsored by ThinkTech Hawaii that explores a range of global issues with subject matter experts, students, and alumni. 

Carlos is a first-generation college student born in the US of Mexican immigrant parents. He received his BA in Foreign Service from Baylor University, his MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.