Alberto M. Piedra

Professor Emeritus, Former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala

Professional Experience

  • Former Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy, The Institute of World Politics
  • Chairman, Department of Economics and Business, The Catholic University of America (1989-1995)
  • Director, Latin American Institute, The Catholic University of America (1965-1982)
  • Senior Area Advisor for Latin America, U.S. Mission to the United Nations (1987-1988)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1984-1987)
  • U.S. Representative to the Economic and Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States (1982-1984)
  • Senior Advisor, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State (1982-1984).


  • Doctor in Law, 1951, University of Havana;
  • Doctor in Political Economy, 1957, University of Madrid
  • Ph.D. in Economics, 1962, Georgetown University



  Foundations of Political and Economic Freedom
  Western Moral Tradition and World Politics


  The Dechristianization of France during the French Revolution
  Jean Paul Sartre and the intellectual elites in the Paris of the 20th Century
  Thoughts on Hilaire Belloc
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  Natural Law: The Foundation of an Orderly Economic System