Peter DeShazo is a Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Dartmouth College. He was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. During his career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador DeShazo directed the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department, and was Director of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency. He also served in the US embassies and consulates in La Paz, Medellin, Santiago, Panama City, Caracas, and Tel Aviv.
Ambassador DeShazo served as the Executive Director of Laspau from 2011 to 2014, and as Director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2010. He is a former Fulbright scholar and served as President of the U.S.-Chile Fulbright Commission. Ambassador DeShazo has taught at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, at Harvard, and at Boston University.
DeShazo received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with postgraduate study at the Universidad Católica de Chile. He serves on Laspau’s Audit and Finance Committee.