Abe Lowenthal

Professor Emeritus of International Relations

Contact Information
E-mail: afl@usc.edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • A.B. History, Harvard University
  • M.P.A. , Harvard University
  • PH.D. Government, Harvard University

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Lowenthal studies policy issues in US-Latin American relations; Latin America's changing international role; democratic governance, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean; and the role of international influences (and particularly of US policies) on prospects for democratic governance. In addition, Dr. Lowenthal conducts research on California's global role and relationships, the international interests of the Western region of the United States, and the craft of think tank institution building, in the United States and internationally.

    Other Research

    • "California’s Global Connections, Challenges and Opportunities", funding from USC’s Southern California Studies Center (from Irvine Foundation grant), Public Policy Institute of California, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and the School of International Relations and Center for International Studies, USC., 1999-2005  
    • "Latin America and the United States at the Century’s Turn", 1999-2002  
    • "Managing California’s Mexico Connection", Pacific Council Task Force, 1998-1999  
    • "Mexico’s Transformations", Pacific Council Study Group, with support from the Ford Foundation and many corporate sources, 1998-1999  
    • "Political and Economic Liberalization in Latin America", USC/CIS with support from the North-South Center, University of Miami and the Ford Foundation, 1992-1994  
    • "Latin America and the Changing International Context", The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1990-1993  
    • "The California Mexico Connection", John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation; William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; James Irvine Foundation, 1990-1992  
    • The United States and Democracy in Latin America", World Peace Foundation, Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies, 1986-1989  
    • "The United States and Latin America", Twentieth Century Fund, 1980-1985  
    • Research Project on "Conflict and Cooperation in the Americas", Department of State, 1976-1977  
    • Research project on "The Conduct of Routine Relations", Commission on the Organization of Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy, 1974-1975  

    Honors and Awards

    • Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award presented by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for "contributing to the development of world trade in Southern California." , 2009-2010   
    • Decorated by President Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic) with the Order of Sanchez, Duarte and Mella, with rank of Commander, 2006-2007   
    • Edwin J. Perkins Public Service Award for "demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in international affairs", 2005-2006   
    • Residency at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Public Policy Scholar, 11/1/2005-1/31/2006  
    • Senior Fellow, UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research, 2003-2004  
    • Decorated by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso with the Order of the Southern Cross, rank of Grand Commander (reserved for cabinet members, justices of the Supreme Court and others of comparable stature), for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of inter-American relations, Washington, DC , 1999-2000   
    • Visiting Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, 1/2000-6/2000  
    • Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 7/1999-12/1999  
    • Fellow, Southern California Studies Center, University of Southern California, 1998-1999  
    • Visiting Fellow, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, 5/1999-6/1999  
    • Fulbright Award, Senior Fellow Award, for research in Japan, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington DC, 1993-1994   
    • Fulbright Award, Senior Fulbright Scholar, Tokyo, 5/1994-6/1994  
    • Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of Notre Dame, 1991-1992   
    • Research Associate, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London, 5/1992-7/1992  
    • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Oklahoma, 11/1991  
    • Golden Key award, for faculty excellence, University of Southern California, 1990-1991   
    • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland, 8/1989  
    • Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 5/1988-6/1988  
    • Visiting Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 9/1983-12/1983  
    • Tinker Visiting Fellow, CEBRAP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 7/1983  
    • Lester Martin Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 6/1983  
    • Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 4/1983-5/1983  
    • Mellon Scholar, UCLA, 1981-1982   
    • Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, 1980-1981   
    • Visiting Scholar, Villa Serbelloni, Rockefeller Foundation, 2/1981  
    • Awardee, European Visitors' Program, EEC, 11/1976-12/1976  
    • Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, International Affairs Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations, 1972-1973   
    • Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Fellowship, 1967-1969  

    Service to the Profession

    Professional Offices
    • Visiting Fellow, Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO), Santiago, Chile, 04/2006-05/2006  
    • Visiting Fellow, Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute, and Fundacao Armado Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 03/2006-04/2006  
    • Senior Advisor, Society of International Business Fellows (Atlanta), 1999-2000  
    • Director, Democratic Governance Project, Inter-American Dialogue, 1993-1995  
    • Director, Brazil Project, Inter-American Dialogue (IAD), 1993-1994  
    • Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, 1992-1993  

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