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Tulane University

G. Eduardo Silva

Professor - Lydian Chair of Political Science

Contact Info
gesilva@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Political Science

G. Eduardo Silva holds the Friezo Family Foundation Chair in Political Science at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and joined Tulane University in 2010. Previously he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he was department chair (2007-10) and graduate director (2002-2007). His books include Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide (2013); Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America (2009); Organized Business, Economic Change, and Democracy in Latin America (1998), co-edited with Francisco Durand; The State and Capital in Chile: Technocrats, Business Elites, and Market Economics (1996); Elections and Democratization in Latin America, 1980-85 (1986), co-edited with Paul Drake. His articles, among other venues, have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Development and Change, Global Environmental Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Perspectives. Professor Silva has received grants, among others, from the Social Science Research Council, the North-South Center of the University of Miami, Fulbright-Hays, and the University of Missouri Research Board. His research interests include Latin American political economy, interest groups and politics, social movements, and environmental politics.

Degrees
  • B.F.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1977
  • M.A., New York University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1983
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Political Science, 1991
Academic Experience
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2010-
  • Visiting Researcher, Center for Latin American Research and Documentation, Amsterdam University, June-August 2015
  • Visiting Distinguished Scholar, National University Ireland, Maynooth, May 2015
  • Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2002-2010
  • Associate Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1997-2002
  • Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1991-1997
Related Experience
  • Advisory Board Member: “Latin American States and Bureaucracies Research Programme,” Universidad Andina, Simón Bolívar, Quito, Ecuador, 2017-
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Conflict and Cohesion Studies, Santiago, Chile, 2014-
  • Member, Global Development Network’s “Global Research Capacity Building Program,” 2012-2016
  • Member, Advisory Board, “Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use,” Center for Documentation and Research on Latin America at the University of Amsterdam, 2010-
  • Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2007-2010
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2002-2007
  • Editorial Board, Center for Research and Documentation on Latin America book series, Brill publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006-
  • Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, 2011
  • Editorial Board, Latin American Politics and Society, University of Miami, 2000-
Distinctions
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar, 2011
  • Center for International Studies, UM St. Louis, Research Award, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000
  • Research Award, University of Missouri-St. Louis, “The Politics of Sustainable Development: Forest Policy in Latin America,” 1996
  • Senior Research Associate Fellowship, North-South Center, “Broad-Based Sustainable Development and Forest Policy in Chile,” 1996
  • Advanced Research Award, Social Science Research Council, “The Politics of Sustainable Development: Native Forest Policy in Latin America,” 1995
Languages:
  • Spanish
  • German

Research & Teaching Specializations: Latin American Politics, Comparative Political Economy, Sustainable Development, Environmental Politics

Selected Publications
  • 2018. From Resistance to Neoliberalism to the Second Wave of Incorporation: Comparative Perspectives on Reshaping the Political Arena. With Federico M. Rossi. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • 2017. “Reorganizing Popular Incorporation in Latin America: Propositions from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela,” Politics and Society 45(1): 91-122.
  • 2016. “Patagonia without Dams! Lessons from a David vs. Goliath Campaign,” Extractive Industries and Society, 3: 947-57.
  • 2015. “Social Movements, Protest, and Policy,” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, No. 100, 27-39.
  • 2013. Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide. New York: Routledge.
  • 2012. “Exchange Rising? Karl Polanyi and Contentious Politics in Latin America,” Latin American Politics and Society, 54, 3: 1-32.
  • 2009. Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1996. The State and Capital in Chile: Business Elites, Technocrats, and Market Economics. Boulder: Westview Press.
  • 1986. Elections and Democratization in Latin America, 1980-85. Co-editor with Paul W. Drake. San Diego: Center for Latin American Studies; Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies; Institute of the Americas.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: POLC-3350-01: Latin American Governments, POLC-6410: Approaches to Latin American Politics

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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Latin American Writers Series: Martín Fernández (Casa Editorial HUM/Estuario Editora)

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Martín Fernández, editorial director of Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay, presents the houses’ histories, missions, and ongoing projects. His presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by an informal reception. Note: 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 Speaker

Martin Fernández is the Editorial director of the publishing houses Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay. He founded HUM in 2007 after leaving his previous project, the underground publishing house ArteFato, which he co-directed between 2004 and 2007. HUM and Estuario publish contemporary Uruguayan literature in high-quality, aesthetically distinct editions. They have collectively released more than 400 titles.

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.