Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Martin Dimitrov

Associate Professor - Political Science

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  • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, Government and French, 1998
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Political Science, 2004

Academic Experience

  • Director of Asian Studies Program, Tulane University, 2014-2016
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2011-
  • Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, 2004-2011

Research & Teaching Specializations: Chinese politics; post-Soviet politics; authoritarian politics

Related Experience

  • Associate Editor for Asia, Problems of Post-Communism, 2014-2016
  • Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki, Finland), summers 2013 & 2014
  • Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2011-2014
  • Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2011-2013
  • An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, 2005-2006
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2004


  • Berlin Prize and Axel Springer Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin, 2012
  • Distinguished Guest Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, 2011
  • Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, 2011-2013
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010-2011
  • W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National * Fellowship, Hoover Institution, 2010-2011 (declined)
  • Fellowship, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, 2003
  • International Predissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2001-2002

Languages Bulgarian; Mandarin Chinese; Russian; German; French; Spanish; Serbo-Croatian; Japanese

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. "What the Party Wanted to Know: Citizen Complaints as a 'Barometer of Public Opinion' in Communist Bulgaria." East European Politics and Societies.
  • Forthcoming. "Tracking Public Opinion under Authoritarianism: The Case of the Soviet Union under Brezhnev." Russian History.
  • 2013. Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press. [Currently being translated into Portuguese, Greek, and Turkish.]
  • 2012. "The Persistence of Authoritarianism." The Berlin Journal 23: 25-28.
  • 2009. "The Popular Autocrats." Journal of Democracy 20(1): 78-81.
  • 2009. Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Authoritarianism

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in Past 5 Years: 1








Upcoming Events

Lecture by Ivan Moraes Filho

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The struggle for urban and communication rights in Brazil: Lessons from the "Occupy Estelita" movement in Recife

A lecture by Ivan Moraes Filho, director of the human rights organization Luiz Freire Cultural Center and graduate student at the Federal University of Pernambuco

#ocupeestelita or Occupy Estelita is a social movement that emerged in 2012 to oppose reckless urban growth in Recife, Northeastern Brazil. The movement opposes the plan to build twelve 40-story buildings in a historic downtown area in disregard of city regulations. Gathering a variety of civil society organizations and activists, #ocupeestelita was able to generate public debates and demands about political, media and urban reforms.

Reimagining Race, Class, and Identity in the New World

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Assistant Professor Mia Bagneris will lecture on "Reimagining Race, Class, and Identity in the New World," on Friday, September 12 at 6pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Professor Bagneris teaches African American/Diaspora art history and studies of race in Western Art. Her own work concentrates on the construction of race in British and American art and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Congreso internacional de literatura y cultura centroamericanas (CILCA XXIII)

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, y Purdue University Calumet tienen el gusto de invitar al CONGRESO DE LITERATURA y CULTURA CENTROAMERICANAS (CILCA XXIII) que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans, Louisiana, del 11 al 13 de marzo del 2015 en el campus de Tulane University y Loyola University New Orleans.

Desde el primer congreso realizado en Nicaragua 1993, CILCA se ha caracterizado por ser un espacio de intercambio intelectual y de amistad para académicas/os, escritoras/es y lectoras/es. El congreso se ha efectuado en todos los países centroamericanos y por primera vez en su historia, CILCA se realizará en los Estados Unidos. La ciudad escogida es Nueva Orleáns, puerta de entrada hacia el Caribe y los países de América Central. El intercambio cultural entre Nueva Orleáns y América Central ha sido intenso por muchísimos años, y la ciudad alberga una de las comunidades de origen hondureño más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Tulane University tiene estrechos lazos con la región a través del Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, y the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola University New Orleans se ha distinguido por el trabajo con las comunidades hispanas que realizan varias de sus unidades académicas, incluyendo the Law School y el Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

La organización de CILCA XXIII la realizan la Dra. Maureen Shea y el Dr. Uriel Quesada, expertos en literatura y cultura centroamericanas, con el apoyo del Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creador y promotor de CILCA.

La convocatoria será publicada en agosto 2014.

Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Purdue University Calumet invite you to the Congress on Literature and Culture of Central America (CILCA XXIII) which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-13 2015 on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.

From the first conference, held in Nicaragua in 1993, CILCA has been a space for intellectual exchange and friendship for academics and writers. The conference has been held in all of the Central American countries and for the first time in its history will be held in the United States. New Orleans, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, has been chosen as the location. New Orleans and Central America have a longstanding cultural exchange and New Orleans has one of the largest Honduran communities in the United States. Tulane has long connections with the region through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, and the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola New Orleans works closely with hispanic communities particularly through the Law school and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

CILCA XXIII is organized by Drs. Maureen Shea and Uriel Quesada, experts on the literature and culture of Central America, with the support of Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creator of CILCA.

Call for papers coming in August 2014.