luis g. Solís

Distinguished Visiting Professor at Florida International University & Former President of costa rica

San José, Costa Rica (1958).  M.A. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University (1981).  Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Costa Rica since 1981.  Has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan (1983) and Florida International University (2000).  Served as Director of the Central American Graduate Program of Political Science and as Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Costa Rica.  He is author or co-author of more than 10 books and over 60 scholarly articles in academic publications in Latin America, the US, China and Europe. He holds Honorary Degrees from universities in China, Costa Rica, France, Korea and the US. As a diplomat, professor Solis was Chef de Cabinet, Ambassador, Special Envoy to Central America, and Director General for Policy at the Costa Rican Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  He was also regional representative of the General Ibero-American Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. He co-chaired the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

In May of 2014, he became 47th President of the Republic of Costa Rica for a four-year period.  Currently, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA.