Mexican Democracy in Regional Context

March 24, 2022 - 3:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

Rafael Fernández de Castro is a professor, Aaron Feldman Family Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in U.S.-Mexican Studies in Memory of David Feldman, and director of the school’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX). A former foreign policy adviser to President Felipe Calderón, he is an expert on bilateral relations between Mexico and the U.S. He has published numerous academic articles and written several books, including Contemporary U.S.- Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century? (Routledge; 1st edition, 2010) and The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict (Routledge, 2009) with Jorge Domínguez.

Sandra Ley is associate professor in the Political Studies Division at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, where she also coordinates the Program for the Study of Violence (PEV, for its name in Spanish). Her research analyzes the impact of criminal violence on the exercise of democratic citizenship in Latin America, with central emphasis on Mexico. She coauthored Votes, Drugs, and Violence. The Political Logic of Criminal Wars in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer is assistant professor at Centro de Estudios Internacionales de El Colegio de México (Colmex). He has been an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor of Politics at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). His interests include state-building, democracy, inequality, and historical institutional development, with a regional focus on Latin America. His current book project examines historical state formation in Mexico and Colombia to investigate the origins of territorial variation in several dimensions of state capacity.

Moderator: Enrique Desmond Arias, Baruch College & the Graduate Center, CUNY

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