Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

G. Eduardo Silva

Professor, Political Science; Senior Associate Research Fellow, CIPR

Contact Info
gesilva@tulane.edu

G. Eduardo Silva holds the Friezo Family Foundation Chair in Political Science at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and joined Tulane University in 2010. Previously he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he was department chair (2007-10) and graduate director (2002-2007). His books include Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide (2013); Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America (2009); Organized Business, Economic Change, and Democracy in Latin America (1998), co-edited with Francisco Durand; The State and Capital in Chile: Technocrats, Business Elites, and Market Economics (1996); Elections and Democratization in Latin America, 1980-85 (1986), co-edited with Paul Drake. His articles, among other venues, have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Development and Change, Global Environmental Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Perspectives. Professor Silva has received grants, among others, from the Social Science Research Council, the North-South Center of the University of Miami, Fulbright-Hays, and the University of Missouri Research Board. His research interests include Latin American political economy, interest groups and politics, social movements, and environmental politics.

Degrees

  • B.F.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1977
  • M.A., New York University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1983
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Political Science, 1991

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2010-
  • Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2002-2010
  • Associate Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1997-2002
  • Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1991-1997

Related Experience

  • Member, Global Development Network's "Global Research Capacity Building Program," 2012-
  • Member, Advisory Board, "Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use," Center for Documentation and Research on Latin America at the University of Amsterdam, 2010-
  • Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2007-2010
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2002-2007
  • Editorial Board, Center for Research and Documentation on Latin America book series, Brill publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006-
  • Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank, 2011
  • Editorial Board, Latin American Politics and Society, University of Miami, 2000-

Distinctions

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar, 2011
  • Center for International Studies, UM St. Louis, Research Award, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000
  • Research Award, University of Missouri-St. Louis, “The Politics of Sustainable Development: Forest Policy in Latin America,” 1996
  • Senior Research Associate Fellowship, North-South Center, “Broad-Based Sustainable Development and Forest Policy in Chile,” 1996
  • Advanced Research Award, Social Science Research Council, “The Politics of Sustainable Development: Native Forest Policy in Latin America,” 1995

Languages: Spanish; German

Research & Teaching Specializations: Latin American Politics, Comparative Political Economy, Sustainable Development

Selected Publications

  • 2013. "Social Movements, Policy, and Conflict in Post-Neoliberal Latin America: Bolivia in the Time of Evo Morales," Research in Political Sociology 21: 51-76.
  • 2013. Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide. New York: Routledge.
  • 2012. "Exchange Rising? Karl Polanyi and Contentious Politics in Latin America,” Latin American Politics and Society, 54, 3: 1-32.
  • 2009. Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2007. "The Import-Substituting 'Model': Chile in Comparative Perspective." Latin American Perspectives. 34.3 (154): 69-92.
  • 1998. Organized Business, Economic Change, and Democracy in Latin America. Co-editor with Francisco Durand. Coral Gables: North-South Center Press at the University of Miami.
  • 1996. The State and Capital in Chile: Business Elites, Technocrats, and Market Economics. Boulder: Westview Press.
  • 1986. Elections and Democratization in Latin America, 1980-85. Co-editor with Paul W. Drake. San Diego: Center for Latin American Studies; Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies; Institute of the Americas.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: People, Power and Politics in Latin America; Governments of Latin America

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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Upcoming Events

Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic

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Join Lucia Abramovich, NOMA's curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art for a Noontime Talk on the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Noontime Talks are brief, informative discussions on exhibitions and installations in NOMA's galleries. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents. Please visit the NOMA website for more information.

MARI Brown Bag: Marcello Canuto, "The Tombs of La Corona: La Noblesse Oblige"

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Marcello Canuto, Director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, will present about his recent investigations at La Corona. The talk will focus on tombs discovered during the 2014 field season and the information these tombs provides about the broader socio-political relationships at La Corona.

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 (mcanuto@tulane.edu) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Mining, Privilege, and Artistic Production in the Colonial Andes: Short Film and Roundtable Discussion

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This program includes a screening of Harun Farocki's film The Silver and the Cross (20 min), which examines a 1758 painting by Gaspar Miguel de Berrío that depicts the city and the surrounding silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia. A roundtable discussion featuring three local scholars of Colonial Latin America will follow the film. The discussion will employ the film's description of colonial Potosí as an anchor for a broader discussion about colonial Andean economics, history, and art, particularly as it relates to Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

The goal of this event is to better understand the mechanisms that created the level of wealth exhibited in Behind Closed Doors, and to shed light on an often overlooked city that was essential to the economic success of Spanish America for hundreds of years.

The roundtable discussants are Dr. Kris Lane, the France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Department of History, Tulane University; Dr. John Charles, Associate Professor of Colonial Spanish American Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Tulane University; and Dr. Ari Zighelboim, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Tulane University. Lucia Abramovich, NOMA's Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Colonial Art, will moderate the discussion.

About Dr. Kris Lane
Kris Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University. His books include Quito 1599: City & Colony in Transition, Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires, and Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750. He is currently writing a history of the great Potosí mint scandal of 1649, along with an annotated translation of early writings on Potosí.

About Dr. John Charles
John Charles is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. He is the author of numerous articles on colonial Andean literature and history, and the book Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and Its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).

About Dr. Ari Zighelboim
Ari Zighelboim (Lima, 1960) studied in Peru, Israel and the United States, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in history and East Asian studies, an MA in cultural anthropology and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American literature. His masters paper dealt with scenes of human sacrifice on mountains in Moche iconography, and his PhD thesis with the surviving Inca nobility during the colonial period in Peru and its cultural and social strategies. He has written about Ruben Dario, Juan de Espinosa Medrano, the drama in Quechua Ollantay, Potosí and other topics. He has also published a volume of poetry. He is now senior lecturer in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane university.

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.

Performance by Afro-Cuban band Sintesis

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The Cuban and Caribbean Institute presents: Sintesis

Afro-Cuban group Sintesis, founded in 1974 by Carlos Alfonso Valdes, is one of Cuba's musical emblems. The contemporary band has elements of ethno-fusion rhythms mixed with a core of jazz and rock and roll. In the 1980's, Sintesis grew in popularity, and by mid-late decade, the band was a staple of world music festivals. In 1989, they released their first album "Ancestros," and since then have released many more. Their album "Habana a Flor de Piel" was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2002.

All are welcome to attend.

Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.