Dr. Fabiana S. Perera

Associate Professor

Fabiana Sofia Perera is an Assistant Professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Prior to joining the Perry Center, Fabiana was a Rosenthal Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy, Western Hemisphere Affairs. Fabiana has experience working in the public and private sectors. She worked as a research associate at Mitsubishi International Corporation focusing on Latin America and the energy and infrastructure sectors. She also has experience serving at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Fabiana holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and earned a PhD in Political Science from The George Washington University. For her doctorate, Fabiana completed fieldwork in Venezuela and Ecuador. Fabiana has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Latin American Studies Association. Her research and analysis have appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post, CNN.com, and War on the Rocks. Her research has been supported by numerous organizations including Columbia University's Women in Energy program and George Washington University's Center for International Business Education.


  • Perera, F. "Gaining Temporary Protected Status and Losing Hope: Venezuelans In and Outside the Country" War on the Rocks (blog) April 13, 2021. link icon
  • Perera, F. "The Only Latina in the Room: Latina Representation in National Security" New America - Better Life Lab (blog) April 13, 2021. link icon
  • Perera, F. "Chávez Broke Venezuela's Military" America's Quarterly. December 17, 2019. link icon
  • Perera, F. "US Foreign Policy Options for Maduro's Venezuela: Benign Engagement, not Benign Neglect" War on the Rocks (blog) October 11, 2018. link icon
  • Perera, F. "What's in a Name? Developing Countries and Security Cooperation." Duck of Minerva (blog) September 26, 2018. link icon
  • Perera, F. "Bitcoin, Move Over. There's a New Cryptocurrency in Town: the Petro." The Washington Post. February 26, 2018. link icon

Updated / Actualizado: June 22, 2022