Patricia 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 she teaches.


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Ithaca College
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