Join us for a panel discussion with faculty experts on the elections in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela. The faculty panel will be moderated by Global Distinguished Professor Jorge Castañeda (CLACS) featuring Maria Victoria Murillo (Columbia University), William Neuman (Journalist), Patricio Navia (Liberal Studies/CLACS), and Alejandro Velasco (Gallatin/Dept. of History).
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Co-presented by The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University.
Jorge Castañeda (Moderator) was Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. He has been a Member of the Board of Human Rights Watch since 2003. In April 2008, Castañeda was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and International Member of the American Philosophical Society. He has more than 15 books published in the United States and elsewhere, including Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara.
Maria Victoria Murillo is the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, and professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001), Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in the Reform of Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge University Press 2009), and the co-author of Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voters, Poorer Voters, and the Diversification of Electoral Strategies with Ernesto Calvo (Cambridge University Press 2019) and Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions (Cambridge University Press, Element in Latin American Politics and Society Series, 2019) with Daniel Brinks and Steven Levitsky.
William Neuman is an author and journalist who reported for the New York Times for over 15 years. He served as the Times Andes Region Bureau Chief from 2012 to 2016 while based in Caracas, Venezuela. He previously reported for the New York Post and his work has also been featured by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Independent, among others. He began his journalism career while living in Mexico, and has published English translations of several Spanish-language novels.
Patricio Navia, is a professor of Liberal Studies and an adjunct professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. His research interests include democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. Dr. Navia has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters and been a visiting professor at Princeton, New School University, and Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Chile. Several of his books, including Diccionario de la politica chilena, El discolo, conversaciones con Marco Enríquez-Ominami, and Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post-Pinochet, have been best sellers in Chile. He is currently a columnist for El Líbero. He has previously penned columns for La Tercera, Revista Capital and Que Pasa.
Alejandro Velasco, is an assistant professor of Latin American history in the Gallatin School at New York University whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture, and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy.
Note on Accessibility:
This event is free and open to the public with RSVP. The building has a wheelchair ramp and elevator. For any questions or to notify us of additional accommodation requests, please email clacs@nyu..edu at least a week prior to the event.