Carlos Juarez

Grants Officer, Department of Management Operations
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Area of Expertise: 

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

Dr. Carlos Juárez is Grants Officer at the East-West Center, where he leads the Center’s efforts in managing, developing and coordinating grant proposals and reporting to support funding from grant-making organizations.

Dr. Juárez is a political scientist with expertise in comparative and international politics. From 1997 to 2017 he was based at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, where he is a Professor of Political Science Emeritus and served as Dean of International Studies and Department Chair of Social Sciences. He has been UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego; visiting researcher at the University of Oxford; visiting researcher and lecturer in Austria, Colombia, Mexico, Slovenia, and Venezuela; and a Fulbright Scholar to Austria, Czech Republic, Mexico, and India.

From 2008-2012, Juárez served as Principal Investigator (PI) for a $1.97 million grant from the US Department of State to develop a wide range of multimedia ESL/EFL teaching materials for English language educators around the world. The project hosted three summer institutes in Hawaii and Washington, DC, for 75 educators from throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas, Eastern Europe, and the Russian Federation.

In addition to his work as a higher education leader, he has diplomatic experience and service on a number of community boards. He served on the Consular Corps of Hawaii from 2008 to 2015 as Honorary Consul of Peru to Hawaii and the Pacific and in the capacity participated in the November 2011 Leaders’ Summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum (APEC), where he served as simultaneous interpreter and whispering translator for then Peruvian President Ollanta Humala in bilateral meetings other world leaders. He served many years on the Board of Governors of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) and as President of the Hawaii chapter of the Fulbright Association, and continues to co-host “Global Connections,” a bi-weekly video podcast sponsored by ThinkTech Hawaii that explores a range of global issues with subject matter experts, students, and alumni.

Carlos Juárez 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.