LIVE EVENT – Latin America Webinar (June 2)
Alejandro Velasco is a modern Latin American historian whose research and teaching interests lie in the fields of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Popular Urban Politics and the Creation of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couple archiving and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest social housing community achieved full citizenship at the height of once-model democracy in Latin America. Prior to joining Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Fellow of the Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. His teaching portfolio includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America, including seminars on human rights, cultural studies and urban social movements; historical methods course on twentieth century revolutions; graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary teachers. At Gallatin, his classes include “(Re) Imagining Latin America”, “¡Revolución !,” “Incivility in the Age of Civil Society” and “Art and Politics in the City,” a multi-site collaboration between NYU Buenos Aires and NYU Washington Square. Professor Velasco’s research has received major financial support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others, and he has made numerous presentations at conferences. and national and international symposia.