Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Anthony M. Pereira

Professor - Political Science


  • B.A., Sussex University, Politics/African and Asian Studies, 1982
  • M.A., Harvard University, Government, 1986
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Government/Latin American Politics,1991

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2008-
  • Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, 2006-2008
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Pernambuco, 2005-2006
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1999-2006.
  • Neil A. Allen Visiting Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1998-1999

Research & Teaching Specializations: Southern Cone; State Reform; Civil-Military Relations; Agrarian Politics

Related Experience

  • Editorial Board, Human Rights Review and Latin American Perspectives 2004/2003-
  • Executive Committee Member, Brazilian Studies Association, 2001-2004
  • Consultant, U. S. Department of State, 2001
  • Instructor, Training Program for Qatari Diplomats, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1999
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, 1994-1998


  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, 1994, 2005-2006, 2006-2007
  • Sawyer Seminar Grant, Mellon Foundation, 2002-2003
  • Research Grant, MacArthur Foundation, 1998-1999
  • Finalist, President’s Book Award, Social Science History Association, 1995
  • Inter-American Foundation and Organization of American States Dissertation Fellowships, 1987-1988

Languages: Portuguese; Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2007. “The Neoliberal Turn in Latin America: The Cycle of Ideas and the Search for an Alternative.” With Ana Margheritis. Latin American Perspectives. 154 (34): 25-48.
  • 2005. “The Neglected Step-Child: Military Justice and Democratic Transition in Chile.” With Jorge Zaverucha. Social Justice. 32 (2): 115-131.
  • 2005. Political (In)Justice: National Security Legality in Brazil and the Southern Cone. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • 2005. “The Dialectics of the Brazilian Military Regime’s Political Trials.” Luso-Brazilian Review. 41 (2): 162-183.
  • 1997. The End of the Peasantry: The Emergence of the Rural Labor Movement in Northeast Brazil, 1961-1988. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: State and Society in Developing Countries; Brazilian Government and Politics; Violence, Human Rights and Transnational Justice in Latin America; Latin American Development; Politics of Development; Development Perspectives; Government, Democracy, and Development

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 6






Upcoming Events

Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books

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Américas Award K-12 Workshop

In celebration of the 2014 Américas Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.”

This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children's literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year's Honorable Mention book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh and Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. Teaching for Change will highlight additional resources to incorporate teaching Social Justice and Human Rights.

All participants will receive breakfast, teaching resources, and a book (a choice of one of the two featured titles, please indicate whether you’d prefer the picture book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote or the Young Adult title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass). Participants are also invited to attend the Américas Award Ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Also, a month-long exhibit of the original artwork from Parrots Over Puerto Rico will be on display at the Young Readers Center in The Library of Congress.

For a workshop schedule and to access resources from the workshop, please visit the workshop website.

The Américas Award is sponsored by CLASP and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Additional funding is provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.

For more information contact Denise Woltering ( (504.865.5164)

Download the printable Flyer.

Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy

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The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) presents a talk by Dr. William Balée, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. The talk is entitled: “Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy.”

A reception will follow.

For more information contact TASA (

MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"

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Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, a visiting scholar at MARI, will present new information about her research at the site of Alabama in southern Belize in a talk entitled “Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize”

M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto ( for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are sponsoring a K-12 teacher workshop to celebrate Day of the Dead!

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!

All participants will receive light refreshments and teaching materials. One teacher will have the opportunity to use a Day of the Dead altar kit, provided by the Latin American Resource Center. The kit has everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead in your classroom!

Tentative Schedule:
5:30 – 5:45 PM
Introductory Remarks (Denise Woltering-Vargas, Tulane University; Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

5:45 – 6: 30 PM
Altar Viewing and Discussion (Cynthia Ramirez, Southern University of New Orleans)

6:30 – 7:15 PM
Day of the Dead in the Artist’s Classroom (Denise Tullier-Holly, Southeastern University Lab School)

7:15 – 7:30 PM
Day of the Dead at the Ogden – Activities (Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America

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In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the 2nd Thursday Lecture Series at the Louisiana State Museum will present a talk entitled “Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America” by Robert Gray Freeland

Four times mayor of New Orleans, Morrison was probably the best-known US citizen in Latin America in his day. As a Mayor interested in expanding international trade, he created a distinct Latin flavor in his efforts. As Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS), Morrison played an important part in the Kennedy Administration implementation of a Good Neighbor policy and the Alliance for Progress.

Celebración Latina

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 10 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out pictures from the 2012 and 2013 festivals!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.