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Tulane University

Christopher Chambers-Ju

CIPR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW

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.

Contact Info
cchambersju AT Tulane DOT edu

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

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: Comparative Politics

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.