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Tulane University

David Smilde

Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and Senior Associate Fellow at CIPR

Contact Info
dsmilde@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Sociology

Degrees
  • B.A., Calvin College, Sociology & Philosophy, 1989
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Sociology, 1994
Academic Experience
  • Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, 2016-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 2001-2014
Related Experience
  • Editor-in-Chief, Qualitative Sociology, 2011-2015
  • Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America, 2011-
  • Chair, Section on Venezuelan Studies, Latin American Studies Association, 2010-2012
  • Executive Council, University of Georgia Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, 2008-2012
Distinctions
  • Finalist, Clifford Geertz Book Award, 2009
  • Winner, Distinguished Book Award, Section on the Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association, 2009
  • Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, American Sociological Association, 2006
Language:
  • Spanish
Overseas Experience
  • Venezuela

Research & Teaching Specializations religion, politics and protest in Venezuela, qualitative methods

Selected Publications
  • 2013. “Strategic Posture Review: Venezuela.” In World Politics Review. September 17.
  • 2012. Religion on the Edge: Decentering and Recentering the Sociology of Religion. With Courtney Bender, Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. Venezuela‘€™s Bolivarian Democracy: Participation, Politics and Culture in Venezuela‘€™s Bolivarian Democracy. Editor with Daniel Hellinger. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • 2007. Reason to Believe: Cultural Agency in Latin American Evangelicalism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • 2002. Protesta y Cultura en Venezuela: Los Marcos de Acción Colectiva en 1999. With Margarita López Maya and Keta Stephany. Caracas: FACES-UCV/CENDES/FONACIT.

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: SOCI-3220-01: Social Theory, SOCI-6012-01: Latin American Social Mobilization

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CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

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Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.