Ryan C. Berg is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on transnational organized crime, narco trafficking, and illicit networks. He also studies Latin American foreign policy and development issues.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Berg served as a research consultant at the World Bank, a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also worked in Peru and São Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Berg has been published in a variety of policy journals, including St. Anthony’s International Review, The Tufts Historical Review, and Utraque Unum. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Berg obtained a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in political science and an M.Sc. in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford. Earlier, he obtained a B.A. in government and theology from Georgetown University.


  • The World Bank: Research Consultant, 2018
  • Banco de Empreendedor (Florianópolis, Brazil): Fulbright Scholar, 2017
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland): Visiting Doctoral Fellow, 2016
  • United States Department of State: Intern, US Mission to the Organization of American States, 2014
  • Banco Pérola (São Paulo, Brazil): Development Consultant, 2013–14
  • Centro de Emprendimiento de Negocios (Arequipa, Peru): Summer Fellow, Business Development Center, 2013
  • Wisconsin Policy Research Institute: Research Intern, 2012


Ph.D., M.Phil., political science; M.Sc., global governance and diplomacy, University of Oxford
Fulbright scholar, Brazil
B.A., government and theology, Georgetown University