A research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Ana Rosa Quintana specializes in U.S. policy toward Latin America. She concentrates largely on issues of security cooperation, democratic governance and economic freedom.
In addition to co-authoring research papers, Quintana contributes posts on Latin America to the think tank’s policy blog, The Foundry. Her work has been cited in online and print media venues such as Fox News Latino, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Diario de las Americas and PanAmPost.com
Quintana holds a Master of Arts degree in global security studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Florida International University. She also received certificates in National Security, Latin American and Caribbean studies. She was a scholar in the university’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies.
Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, Quintana studied in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on a scholarship sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Before joining Heritage in 2013, she was a student trainee at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She also held internships at Virginia-based International Relief and Development, where she worked on rule of law issues in Latin America, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she worked on civilian-military cooperation.
Quintana, who was born and raised in Miami, currently resides in Washington, D.C.