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Tulane University

Steve Ellner

Former Visiting CIPR Research Fellow

Steve Ellner has been a Professor at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela since 1978 and has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (1994-2001), St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY (2001), Georgetown University (2004), Duke University (2005), Universidad de Buenos Aires (2010), the Australian National University (2013), and has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (2011) and Johns Hopkins University (2012).

He holds an MA in Latin American History from the Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut (1971) and a PhD in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico (1979).

  • Ph.D., Latin American History, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1979
  • M.A., Latin American History, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1971
  • B.A., Latin American History, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1968.
Academic Experience
  • Professor of General Economic History, Universidad de Oriente, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, 1986 -
  • Mellon Visiting Professor, Duke University, Spring, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, Australian National University, Center for Latin American Studies, Fall 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Spring, 2012
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Center for Latin American Studies, August 2011

Research Interests
Party Politics and Political History, Organized Labor, Social Class Organization, Economic History, Venezuelan Politics

Related Experience
  • Member of the Research Commission, Universidad de Oriente, Puerto de la Cruz, Venezuela, 1992-
  • Member of the PPI Directory (Programa de Promoción del Investigador), Venezuela, 2004
  • Member of the Social Science and Humanities Commission of FONACIT, Venezuela, 2003-2004
  • Member of the Social Science Commission of the PPI (Programa de Promoción del Investigador), Venezuela, 1998-2000
  • PPI Scholarship by CONOCIT (now FONACIT, the Science, Technology and Innovation National Fund), 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2007
  • Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorship, Latin American Center, Duke University, Spring 2005
  • National University Council, University Academia Productivity Prize, 2004

Languages Spanish and English

Selected Publications Books
  • 2014. El fenómeno Chávez: sus orígenes y su impacto. Second Edition. Caracas: Centro Rómulo Gallegos (CELARG) and Centro Nacional de Historia.
  • 2014. Ed., Latin America‘€™s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-First Century. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • 2008. Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Chávez Phenomenon. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.
Journal Articles
  • 2015. ‘€œThe Contradictions Captured in Claudio Katz‘€™s Analysis: Latin America at a Crossroads,‘€ Latin American Perspectives, July.
  • 2013. ‘€œLas complejidades de la izquierda radical latinoamericana en el poder: experiencias y desafíos en el siglo XXI,‘€ Revista Cuadernos del Cendes (82):1-28.
  • 2013. ‘€œJust How Radical is President Nicolás Maduro?‘€ NACLA: Report on the Americas, 46(2):45-48.
  • 2013. ‘€œLatin America‘€™s Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges n the Twenty-First Century.‘€ Latin American Perspectives, 40(3):5-25.

Dr. Ellner will teach the course, Populist and Leftists Governments in Latin America, LAST-6962-01, in the Fall Semester of 2015.