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
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.
- 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.