in Political Science (May 2009). University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
Title: “The Participatory Effectiveness of Land-Related Social Movements in Ecuador, Chile, and Brazil, 1990-2004.”
of Study: Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, and International Relations.
M.A. in Latin American Studies (May 2000). San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
Thesis Title: "Forging an Ethnic Identity:
Mixtec Political Activism in the Northern
in Political Science and International Studies
(May 1990). University of Richmond, Richmond,
Peer-Reviewed Publications & Book Chapters:
- “Labor and Community Organizations in Alliance? Alternative Development Visions in the Caribbean Regions of Colombia. ” Globalizations 9(6): 837-849 (2012).
Activism at a Crossroads: Pushing the Envelope
from Below, from Within, and from Abroad.”
Latin American Politics and Society
52(3), 151-160 (2010).
Protest, Environmental Conflict, and Social
Movement Linkage in Chile.” With David
Carruthers. Third World Quarterly
30: 4, 743-760 (2009).
or Without the People: The Catholic Church
and Land-Related Conflicts in Brazil and
Chile.” In Frances Hagopian, ed.,
Religious Pluralism, Democracy, and
the Catholic Church in Latin America: Social
Change, Religion, and Politics in the Twenty-first
Century. Notre Dame: University of
Notre Dame Press, 2009.
Democracy’s Promise: Indigenous Mobilization
and the Chilean State.” with David
Carruthers. European Review of Latin
American and Caribbean Studies 85,
3-21 (October 2008).
Other Publications/Review Articles:
- “The Economics and Politics of Depropriation in the Other Columbia
Dollars and Sense. November/December 2010, 18-22.
Review of Kaufman and Segura-Ubiergo’s
Dataset on Globalization, Domestic Politics
and Social Spending in Latin America.”
APSA-CP Newsletter. Winter 2004,
Divided Election: Forward or Backward with
Change?” CUSLAR Newsletter,
Work in Progress and/or under review:
- “Ethnic Militancies: Mapuche Political Participation from Ad Mapu to Consejo de Todas las Tierras, 1979-2007. co-authored with Christian Martínez Neira. Submitted to:
Journal of Latin American Studies,. to be resubmitted Oct 2013)
- “Book manuscript. Alliances and Misalliances: Grassroots Movements and Strategies of Resistance and Alternatives to the Politics of Globalization in Colombia.
(tentative title); to be submitted U. Minnesota Press, with first two chapters June 2013.
- “Fear of Partisanship: Political Parties, Participatory Institutions, and Emerging Networks of Social Movements in Brazil and Colombia. co-authored with Ana Paula Pimentel-Walker. [paper presented at MWPSA conference, Chicago April 2013; to be sent to
Latin American Politics and SocietyAugust 2013]
Assistant Professor of Politics (and Latin American Studies minor), Ithaca College, Ithaca NY. Fall 2007-present
Courses taught: Politics and Society, Latin American Politics, Social Mobilization in Latin America, Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America, Politics of Development, Citizenship and Social Mobilization in Comparative Perspective (seminar).
Visiting Instructor. Washington Semester
IC. Spring 2009. Short Course to be
Independent/Directed Studies: Mentorship, Education, and Human Development (Spring 2013); Politics of Sustainable Development (Spring 2012); Venezuelan Politics (Spring 2012), Internship-Politics (Fall 2012); Internship-Environmental Studies (Fall 2010); U.S. -Latin American Relations (Spring 2009).
-(IC)2 interdisciplinary course: Development, Poverty, and Growth in Latin America: Corn, Industry, and Migration in Mexico. Block II course, Fall 2010. Ithaca College. with Jonathan Ablard (History).
taught: Course Title: U.S. policy toward Latin
America: Past, Present, and Future. April
9-11, 2009. Washington DC.
-Visiting Professor, University of California
Santa Barbara. Spring 2007.
Courses taught: Social Mobilization in Latin
-Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Comparative
Politics (Prof. Michael
Coppedge), Political Science, University of
Notre Dame, IN. Spring 2004.
-Teaching Assistant, Building the European
Union (Prof. Anthony
Messina), Political Science, University of
Notre Dame, IN. Fall 2003.
-Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Comparative
Politics (Prof. Anthony
Messina), Political Science, University of
Notre Dame, IN. Spring 2003.
-Teaching Assistant, Introduction to International
Relations, (Prof. Barbara
Connolly), Political Science, University of
Notre Dame, IN. Fall 2002.
MACLAS' (Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies) Wladyslaw Maryan Froelich Field Research Grant (March 2013). Research project title: Grassroots Movements, Politics, and Collaborative Visions of Peace and Change in Colombia (field research summer 2013).
Committed-to-Change Sustainability Mini-Grant (Ithaca College). 2012-2013. [Sustainable Development Curriculum for Politics of Development (POLT 32700). Also Phase II grant. (2013-2014)
Summer Research Grant Award. Office of the Provost (Ithaca College). Summer 2011. (Colombia)
Center for Faculty Research and Development funding,
Office of the Provost,
Ithaca College, NY. 2010-2011.
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Kaneb Center for
Teaching and Learning, University of Notre
Dame/University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dept. of Political Science. 2006-2007.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Kaneb
Center for Teaching and Learning, University
of Notre Dame. March 2005.
Phillip Moore Dissertation Year Fellowship.
Department of Political Science, University
of Notre Dame. August 2004-December 2005.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation
Improvement Grant. Sociology Program. July
2004-July 2005. Fieldwork in Brazil (Brasília,
Paraná, Pernambuco), Chile (Santiago,
Valparaiso, Temuco), and Ecuador (Quito, Riobamba).
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Seed Money Grant. Summer 2003. University
of Notre Dame, IN.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.
San Diego State University. 1998-1999. Mixtec
Language Project. Location: Tijuana, Mexico.
• “Superar lo social y lo político a través de visiones alternativas de desarrollo y la paz: Minga, Congreso de los Pueblos, y la Marcha Patriótica en Colombia.” 9ª Conferencia Regional de ISTR (International Society for Third-sector Research) para América Latina y el Caribe. ‘Participación y Representación: nuevos paradigmas para la sociedad civil latinoamericana.’ - Santiago, Chile (28-30 August 2013; upcoming).
• “Bridging the Social and the Political through Alternative Visions of Development and Peace: MINGA and Marcha Patriotica in Colombia. Mid- Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Conference. Lebanon Valley Colllege, Annville, PA. March 8-9, 2013.
• “Fear of Partisanship: Political Parties, Participatory Institutions, and Emerging Networks of Social Movements in Brazil and Colombia.” Co-authored with Ana Paula Pimentel-Walker, Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellow, Anthropology Ithaca College. Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 11-14, 2013. Chicago, IL.
• “Displacement and Internal Social Movement Dynamics in Cauca, Colombia: The Struggle for Alternative Visions of Development and Human Rights.” Paper to be presented @ Mid Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Conference. American University, Washington DC. March 22-24, 2012.
• “Contesting Citizenship: Land, Nature, and Popular Protest in Mapuche Chile.' Paper presented at Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean. San Diego CA, November 3-5, 2011.
• “Insisting on Survival and Security: Building Solidarity Networks in Cauca, Colombia." Paper presented at 4th annual Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference. Univ. of New Orleans, Oct 14-15, 2011.
• “Labor and Community Organizations in Alliance? Alternative Development Visions in the Caribbean Regions of Colombia.” Young Scholars in Social Movements Mini-Conference. Hosted by The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame. April 29, 2011.
• “What Justice Would Mean to Us: Alternative Community Development Visions in Magdalena, Colombia.” Social Movement Governance, the Poor, and the New Politics of the Americas Conference, University of South Florida. Feb 2-4, 2011.
“National and Transnational
Struggles for Human Rights in Colombia: Is
Policy Change Possible?’ (with Janice
Gallagher) Latin American Studies Program
Seminar, Cornell University. May 3, 2010.
“Protest and Politics
in Land Redistribution Efforts in Brazil,
Ecuador, and Chile: What Works Best and When?”
Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American
Studies Annual Conference: Continuing Struggles
for Independence and Justice. The Johns Hopkins
University, March 26-27, 2010.
"Activism “Under Fire”: Colombian
Human Rights in an Era of Alliances.’
(with Chris Wilson). Latin American "Social
Movement Tactics and Policy Outcomes: The
Case of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST).
Association of Third World Studies Conference,
Millersville, PA. Oct 26-28, 2008.
• “Social Movement Tactics and Policy Outcomes: The Case of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST). Association of Third World Studies Conference, Millersville, PA. Oct 26-28, 2008.
"When to Disrupt and When
to Negotiate? -- Indigenous Politics in Chile."
First Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous
Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean
Ð UC San Diego. May 22-24, 2008.
Protest, Environmental Conflict, and Social
Movement Linkage in Chile." Latin American
Studies Association Conference, Montreal,
Canada, September 5-8, 2007.
"Alliances and Oppositions
in Land Redistribution Policy: Addressing
Outcomes of Social Movement-Political Elite
Interactions in Chile and Ecuador." Paper
presented at the 13th Meeting of
the Laboratory in Comparative Ethnic Processes
(LiCEP). Princeton University, Princeton,
NJ, May 12-14, 2006.
Elite Interaction in the Making of Agrarian
Policy in Paran‡, 1991-2004." Paper presented
at the Latin American Studies Association
Conference, San Juan, PR, March 15-18, 2006.
"With or Without the People:
The Catholic Church and Land-Related Conflicts
in Brazil and Chile." Paper presented
at the Conference "Contemporary Challenges
to Catholicism." Kellogg Institute of
International Studies, University of Notre
Dame, IN. March 20-22, 2005.
"The Participatory Effectiveness
of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST)."
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
American Political Science Association Meeting,
Chicago. September 2004.
"Political Activism and
Institutional Trust in Latin America: Citizens
in Defense of Democracy?" Paper presented
at the Midwest Political Science Association
Meeting. Chicago. April 15-18, 2004.
"The Role of Religion in
the Civic Engagement of Latinos: A Comparison
to Non-Latinos." with Edwin I. Hernandez,
Milagros Pe–a, Caroline Turner, Cynthia Woolever,
Sung Chun and Georgian Schiopu. Paper presented
at the Color Lines Conference: Segregation
and Integration in AmericaÕs Present and Future.
Harvard University, September 2003; also presented
at American Political Science Association
Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2003.
"Brazilian Labor Unions
at a Crossroads: Flexibilization and CUT Internal Relations."
Paper presented at Latin American Studies
Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, April
Collaborations / Panel Chairs / Academic Activities:
design -- Chicago Latino Congregations
with Prof. Edwin I. Hernandez. Institute for
Latino Studies/Center for the Study of Latino
Religion- University of Notre Dame. 2002-2003.
Chair, Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples
in Latin America and the Caribbean-- ERIP
Conference. Panel 51: Conflict and Repression
in Chile, Argentina, and Guatemala. May 24,
2008. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA.
Panel Chair, Agrarian Mobilization. Middle
Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies
Annual Conference: Continuing Struggles for
Independence and Justice. The Johns Hopkins
University, March 26-27, 2010.
Second Reader for M.A. Thesis in International Affairs @ The New School, NYC. Student: Chris Wilson. Title of Thesis: Lëvizja Vetëvendosje!: Transformation of a Social Movement. (defended: MAY 2012).
Elected for Executive Committee of MACLAS (Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies): 2013-2016.
Reader/Advisor for M.A. thesis in International Development and Programme Management. Lund University, Sweden. Student: Karen Malmqvist. Title of Thesis: Stretching Beyond the Green: Alternative Visions of Development Arising from the Mapuche Movement. (to be defended MAY 2014).
Referee of article for Journal of Latin American Studies: "A Nation Divided: Building the Cross-Border Mapuche Nation in Chile and Argentina. (October 2012)
Referee of article for Journal of Politics in Latin America: "Today There Are No Indigenous People" in Chile? Connecting the Mapuche Struggle to Anti-Neoliberal Mobilizations in South America (February 2012).
Referee of article for Environmental Politics: Making environmental law for the market: the emergence, character, and effects of Chile's environmental regime (Spring 2010)
Academic Service (Ithaca College):
-Humanities & Sciences Curriculum Committee (2011-present).
-Summer Research Grant Committee (Spring 2012). Office of the Provost, Ithaca College.
-Presentation @ Faculty Forum, on Quest for a Sustainable Future Theme group (Summer/August 2012).
-Participation in Integrative Core Curriculum Theme group: Quest for Sustainable Future (summer 2012).
-Latin American Studies Minor Assessment Committee (2011-2013).
-Diversity Awareness Committee. (Spring 2009-Spring 2012). Funding Subcommittee member.
-Sub-Committee of H&S Faculty Senate on Standardization of Student Statements. Fall 2010.
-Faculty Sponsor for speaker on: Local Activism vs. Landfill Expansion in Upstate NY. Educational Initiative Grant award (spring 2013).
-Invited speaker at Finger Lakes Project Workshop. Ithaca College. May 23, 2012. Title of presentation: Teachings on the Politics of Sustainability: From Theory, to Policymaking, to Local Activism.
-Speaker at Forum on Indigenous Struggles in Latin America; DEC 5th, 2012 @ Center for Faculty Excellence, IC. -- Presentation on Colombian indigenous alliances, and discussion.
-Invited speaker at Workshop ‘Bringing Social Movements into the Classroom: Teaching Beyond Borders’ (organized by Prof. Beth Harris and Prof. Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Politics). Center for Faculty Excellence, IC. (November 9, 2012).
-Invited speaker Model UN group presentation on Guatemala. (November 2012).
-Faculty sponsor speaker event: IMPUNITY Film and Discussion on Colombia, Politics, Violence. Sept 25, 2012, Textor 101: Guest Speaker, Jack Laun, president CSN-Colombia Support Network.
-Invited speaker: IICC Integration course, Local vs Global. Ithaca College. (November 17, 2011).
-Faculty sponsor for speaker event: Padre Alejandro Solalinde: Human Rights in Mexico. (Fall 2011).
-Internship supervisor: CUSLAR, student Anna Funck. (2010-2011)
-NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) abstract reviews (November 2011).
-Faculty sponsor speaker event: Prof. Aviva Chomsky: Colombian Coal Mining - (Fall 2011).
-Participation as Speaker: IC Environmental Seminar: "Mapuche Protest and Environmental citizenship in Post-Authoritarian Chile." (Oct 2010).
-Faculty committee for Honors Research Project: Student, Heike Domine (Modern Languages and Literature). Project: Women’s Movements in Chile and Argentina. (2010-2011).
-Faculty sponsor speaker event: Jose Brito & Aviva Chomsky. Development and Violence in Colombia. (November 2010).
-Faculty co-sponsor for talk/film by Luis Argueta (AbUSed: Postville Raid), Constitution Day and Latino Heritage Month event. (September 27, 2010).
-Participation as invited speaker, Ithaca High School Nosanchuk Lecture Series. "Indigenous Protest and the Environment in Chile." (March 2010).
-Faculty sponsor for speaker. Frida Berrigan. Nuclear non-proliferation treaty. (spring 2010)
-Faculty committee for Honors Research Project. Student, Liz Getman (Modern Languages and Literature). Project: A Sustainable Energy Source with Unsustainable Consequences: Violation of Indigenous Rights in Chile through Water Privatization. (2008-2009).
-Faculty sponsor for speaker. Roy Bourgeois, founder School of Americas Watch. (October 2009).
-Faculty sponsor for Student Trip to School of Americas. Fort Benning GA. November 21-24, 2009. (22 students).
-Faculty sponsor for Student Trip. School of Americas, Fort Benning GA. November 20-24, 2008. (6 students).
-Faculty sponsor for speaker. Marino Cordoba, Afro-colombian war displacement. Letter writing to congress members. (Feb 28 2008).
-Interview on current Latin American Affairs. ‘Right Angle’ with Mark Finkelstein. Pegasys TV/Channel 13. Ithaca NY. (December 17, 2008).
-Faculty co-sponsor for speaker. Horacio Castellanos Moya. Human Rights in El Salvador. Ithaca City of Asylum. (October 1, 2007).
-Faculty sponsor for speaker. Miguel Angel Vasquez de la Rosa. Teacher protests in Oaxaca, Mexico. Witness for Peace. (Oct 24, 2007).
Service (Politics Department):
-Search Committee, U.S. Politics, tenure track position. 2012-2013.
-Faculty Committee for Planning the Event: Recognition of Prof. Zillah Eisenstein. Fall 2012.
-Ithaca Today open house. Politics Dept. Ithaca College. (Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012)
-Search Committee, Political Theory, three year line. Spring 2008.
-Chair of Advisory Board, Committee for U.S.- Latin American Relations—
CUSLAR. Ithaca, NY. 2009- 2011. Member of Advisory Board from 2007-2011.
-Member of Colombia Support Network - Central New York, Cajibio sister community chapter. 2007-present.
-Ithaca Cupboard Kitchen Pantry volunteer. 2011-present
English, Portuguese and Spanish (fluent).
U.S. and Chilean citizen; & Brazilian permanent residency.