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Tulane University

Christopher Chambers-Ju

Former CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow 2017-2019

Contact Info
cchambersju@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Center for Inter-American Policy and Research

Christopher Chambers Ju received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.

His research examines the politics of education through a focus on teachers’ unions. Studying the cases of Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, he examines why some teachers take to the streets while others form an organized voting bloc, with distinct relationships to political parties.

By focusing on teachers, Christopher seeks to shed light on broader dynamics of education policy-making and political change in contemporary Latin America.

After CIPR Christopher accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, MA. There he will teach courses on social movements in Latin America and also on broader comparative themes of regime type and economic development in the fall. In the spring, he will teach a course on the politics of education, that is in line with his research.

Degrees
  • B.A., Amherst College, Political Science, 2004
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Social Science, 2007
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 2013
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 2017

Research & Teaching Specializations: Political Science, Democratization, Teachers‘€™ Unions, Colombia

Distinctions
  • UC Berkeley Travers Department of Political Science Fellowship, 2013
  • NA Ed/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • UC Berkeley Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements Mini Grant, Mexico, 2012
  • John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship, Mexico, 2011-2012
  • US Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant, Colombia, 2011
  • UC Berkeley Human Rights Center (HRC) Fellow, Colombia, 2009
  • University of Chicago Tinker Summer Research Grant, Peru, 2007
  • Fulbright IIE Scholar, Colombia, 2005-2006
Languages
  • Spanish
Overseas Experience
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • 2016. “The Mexican Teachers’ Union: The Politics of Patronage.” With Leslie Finger. In The Politics of Education: Teachers Unions in Comparative Perspective. Terry Moe and Susanne Wiborg, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2014. “Data Collection, Opportunity Costs and Problem Solving: Lessons from Field Research on Teachers’ Unions in Latin America.” PS” Political Science & Politics 47(2)
  • 2014. “Teachers, Mayors, and the Transformation of Clientelism in Colombia.” With Kent Eaton. Clientelism, Social Policy and the Quality of Democracy Diego Abente Brun and Larry Diamond, eds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 2012. “Popular Representation in Contemporary Latin American Politics: An Agenda for Research.” With Ruth Berins Collier. Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics Peter Kingstone and Deborah Yashar, eds. New York: Routledge.

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: POLC 2300: Comparative Politics

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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.