Alumni Profile: Teo Ballvé Receives Tenure Track Job at Colgate University

Published on May 1, 2015

Congratulations to GPIA Alumnus Teo Ballvé, who begins this Fall as an Assistant Professor of Geography and Peace & Conflict Studies at Colgate University in upstate New York. Teo Ballvé earned his Master’s degree The Graduate Program in International Affairs in 2009, and then pursued a PhD in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Teo has published a number of articles and essays on illicit networks and natural resource conflicts and violence with a regional focus on Latin America. His current research project, “Territorial Masquerades: Frontier State Formations in Northwest Colombia,” examines how the country’s combatants engage in unexpected forms of state-making as they vie for territorial control.

Teo credits GPIA with helping to launch his academic career: “GPIA was the perfect place for me to maintain a foot in both professional and academic worlds. While I was working as a journalist covering Latin American politics, I found in GPIA a welcoming intellectual community of engaged scholarship for more rigorous and critical investigation of world affairs. Its hands-on approach to learning led me to a summer job and a Fulbright in Colombia, where I have been living and working ever since. I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am in both my personal and professional life was it not for GPIA.”