Expertise: Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding
Iria Puyosa is a political communication scholar with expertise in the field of information warfare in social media and political conflict in Latin America. Puyosa holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has worked at universities in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and the United States. She was a guest instructor on Communication for Civil Resistance Campaigns in the Americas Regional Institute on Strategic Nonviolent Action, organised by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and was Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor 2019 at Brown University, where she advanced research and taught a course on networked social movements. Her current research focuses on the erosion of democracy, information warfare in social media, networked social movements, and civil resistance under authoritarian regimes. Dr Puyosa served as Chair of the Venezuelan Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) 2018-2020. Her most recent publication is "Venezuelan Struggle Towards Democratization: The 2017 Civil Resistance Campaign" (2019).