Dr. Fernanda Buril, Research Specialist, Center for Applied Research and Learning
Dr. Fernanda Buril is a research specialist for the Center for Applied Research and Learning at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where she conducts applied research to support programming related to democratic transitions, conflict and electoral operations. Before joining the Center, she worked as a program officer for the Americas, managing projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, strengthening the capacity of electoral commissions to organize and administer credible elections, prevent electoral violence, combat disinformation and promote inclusive citizen participation.
Before working for IFES, Buril worked for two other nonprofit organizations, designing projects to counter violent extremism and promote interreligious dialogue. She also completed an advanced research internship at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, developing analytical predictions about global terrorism activities.
She holds a doctorate in political science from Washington State University (WSU), where she specialized in political psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Faculdade Integrada do Recife in Brazil. At WSU, she taught courses on politics of developing nations, international politics, and gender and politics.