Dr. Abraham F. (Abe) Lowenthal has served as a teacher and advisor on Latin American politics and inter-American relations, comparative democratization and California’s global role, and as the founding chief executive of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He has also served as a vice-president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and with the Ford Foundation in Latin America. Dr. Lowenthal took his AB, MPA and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct research professor at Brown University.
The Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development, and professor emeritus at USC, he has authored The Dominican Intervention (Harvard 1972), Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America (Johns Hopkins, 1987), and Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge (Stanford 2009). His fourteen edited volumes have been published by Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford University Presses, and the Brookings Institution. His most recent books are Scholars, Policymakers and International Affairs: Finding Common Cause (with Mariano E. Bertucci, 2014), and Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders (with Sergio Bitar, 2015). Dr. Lowenthal’s current project is on “Rethinking US-Latin American Relations in an Age of Transformations.” He has published nearly a hundred journal articles, including seven in Foreign Affairs, and some 200 newspaper columns.
Dr. Lowenthal is currently on the board of the Leo Baeck Institute and a member of the Alumni Council of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has held Senior Fulbright awards in Japan and Brazil, and has been a visiting professor in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Israel and Australia.
He is married to Jane S. Jaquette, professor emerita at Occidental College.