Byron E. Villagomez is an Ecuadorian Fulbright scholar (2011-2013) pursuing a Master's degree with the purpose of acquiring updated and sophisticated theoretical and methodological skills in Criminology and Criminal Justice research. His main expectation is to become capable of conducting and evaluating research useful for implementing informed public policies in Ecuador and Latin America. His academic background includes a BA in law from the Catholic University of Ecuador (November 2008), and a Superior Diploma in Procedural Law from the Andean University, Ecuador (April 2011). Regarding his proffesional experience, Byron worked for three years (2006-2008) in the highest criminal court of Ecuador doing legal research and providing legal advice. He also worked as a research assistant for the "Truth Commission of Ecuador" (2009), a publicly funded organization established to investigate human rights' violations and State crimes in Ecuador perpetrated during the last 30 years. Later, he worked for a private institution doing legal research in the criminal law division (2010). The last year before coming to Maryland (2011), Byron worked as a permanent consultant in the Department of Justice of Ecuador designing and developing a project on reforming the Ecuadorian criminal justice system.
- Sentencing and Courts, Criminal justice and immigration, Criminal justice policy and reform in Latin America.
- Superior Diploma, Procedural Law, "Simón Bolívar" Andean University (UASB) 2011.
- BA Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) 2008.
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice