Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, A.B. in Political Science.
Graduate Institution and Major: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, M.P.A. Specialization: Personnel Administration.
Bio: Manuel Román-Basora received his A.B. and M.P.A. from Puerto Rico’s flagship university; his master’s thesis was: The Applicability of the United States Constitution to the Unincorporated Territory of Puerto Rico (1898-1952). Currently, he holds an assistantship at the Department of Public Administration of the University of Illinois, Springfield and is completing in person his doctoral elective coursework at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Recently, he was admitted to study during a summer at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Germany. Previously, he worked for six years within the United States Courts. As a graduate student, he earned a full scholarship to do a paid internship at the United States Congress, and was able to study for a semester at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration of The George Washington University, Foggy Bottom. During a summer, he conducted graduate research in Havana, Cuba through the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies of Tulane University, New Orleans.
Relevant Professional Experience: United States Courts (six years –three in law enforcement and three doing clerical work, e.g. data analysis–); United States Congress (one semester as a legislative intern); University of Puerto Rico (two years as an assistant researcher –ad honorem–); other employment history includes, but is not limited to, working as a clerk in a bank.
Research interests: The constitutional and administrative aspects of the asymmetric relationship between the United States and its unincorporated territories as well as debt management issues regarding Illinois and Puerto Rico. He is the author of a 351-page book project on Caribbean Studies, publication is forthcoming.
Honors and Awards: United States Courts (three special service awards: most recent was issued in 2018 for services provided in Puerto Rico –during the emergency situations caused by Hurricane María and its aftermath–); as a graduate student, he received a legislative scholarship during a semester in Washington DC.
Languages: Raised bilingual (English and Spanish), and currently learning German.
Volunteer activities: Served in humanitarian missions in South America (Paraguay) and the Caribbean Sea (Haiti). Presided for a year the Graduate Student Association of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico. As such, he co-organized and participated in two conferences at the University of Puerto Rico. One, on the constitutional rights of American territories in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and another on the internationalization of Puerto Rico.