Rodriguez is currently an Assistant Professor of Politics at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She teaches a variety of courses: an intro to comparative politics (Politics and Society), Latin American Politics, Political Violence and Human Rights, Politics of Development, and Social Movements and Citizenship in Comparative Perspective.
Her recent research examines the policy impact of the diverse political and
mobilizational tactics of land-related social movements in Brazil, Ecuador,
and Chile, focusing attention on the negotiations between social movement
leaders, politicians, and government officials in the process of formation
of land redistribution policies in the 1990-2004 period. Her interests also
include ethnic and peasant mobilizations and their impact and consequences
for democracy in the region; social justice and environmental politics in
Latin America; U.S.-Latin American relations. Her current book project inquires
into the possibilities and challenges of cohesive network/alliance-building
among grassroots organizations to engender economic, social and political
change, and enduring peace in contemporary Colombia. It examines local social
movements and community organizations' efforts in confronting similar social,
institutional and economic situation in two regions of Colombia: in one region
(Cauca, in southwestern Colombia) alliance-building has had some success at
solidifying networks beyond the local, while in the other region (Magdalena,
in northern Colombia), alliances have been more elusive, even at the local
level. What explains these differences in the scales of organizing? How do
coalition members negotiate their different territorial-sectoral positions
and build common claims and trust?
Patricia was also a visiting instructor at University of
California- Santa Barbara (2006-2007).
She is Chilean/American, but grew up in Brazil, and integrates
much of her personal political experiences in the courses