I am currently Chair of Political Studies and Director of the Ph.D. program in Social Sciences at the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences FLACSO-Ecuador. Before joining FLACSO I was Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, and at Drew University. I got my Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research. I have published extensively on Latin American populism, and on the sociology of racism in Latin America.


B.A. (1983) Sociology, University of Florida, Gainesville; M.A. (1987) Sociology, New School for Social Research; Ph.D. (1993) Sociology, New School for Social Research


  • Director, Ph.D. Program and Chair, Political Science Department, FLASCO-Ecuador (2003-present)
  • Fulbright New Century Scholar, 2007-08
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University (2001-03)
  • Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology, Drew University (1999-2001)


Latin American populism; sociology of racism in Latin America

Project Summary

The inconclusive promises of democratization in Latin America have encouraged scholars in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador to search for alternative models of democracy. A first goal of the project is to examine to what extent their theoretical models relate to representative democracy or to populist understandings of democracy. A second goal is to evaluate empirically how proposals of constructing alternative and more participatory institutions have been implemented in each nation. A third goal is to explore the continuities and ruptures of these new experiments with classical and neopopulist experiences.

Major Publications

  • The Ecuador Reader. Coedited with Stece Striffles. Duke University Press. Fall 2008.
  • Galo Plaza y su Época, coedited with Mireya Salgado. Quito FLACSO, 2008.
  • Afroquiteños: Ciudadanía y Racismo. Quito: CAAP, 2002.