- Economic Development
Dr. Kirk Bowman, the Jon R. Wilcox Term Professor in Soccer and Global Politics, joined the Georgia Tech faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in 1998 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and Professor in 2014. He directs study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay. A specialist in Latin American politics and political development, he is author of Militarization, Democracy, and Development: The Perils of Praetorianism in Latin America (Pennsylvania University Press, 2002), Peddling Paradise: The Politics of Tourism in Latin America (Lynne Rienner 2013), Lessons from Latin America: Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development (with Felipe Arocena, Toronto 2014) and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reference chapters. His current projects include a book that uses soccer to explore the theories and concepts of comparative politics. He has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, among others, and was a Fulbright Scholar. His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and soccer and global politics. He was the University System of Georgia Excellence of Teaching 2007 recipient and the 2008 Carnegie-Case Professor of the Year for the state of Georgia. Dr. Bowman is the co-founder and director of the international NGO Rise Up & Care (www.riseup.care). Rise Up & Care employs an innovative model of international community development that combines global development research, high-level performance organizations in the global south to transform youth, and powerful documentary films by top local directors. Bowman co-produced five feature documentary films in Brazil the Reimagine Rio Festival with over 450 screening in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016. He has been quoted in press, including The Washington Post, The CSMonitor, Globo, and The National Post (Toronto).