Steven Levitsky

Steven Levitsky

Professor of Government (FAS)
Steven Levitsky

Faculty Project: Fifteen Years after the Zapatistas: Social and Political Change in Mexico and Chiapas after 1994                                                                                                                                          

Faculty Project: Latin America's Left Turn: Causes and Implications

Fifteen Years after the Zapatistas: Social and Political Change in Mexico and Chiapas after 1994

At the fifteenth anniversary of the Zapatista revolt in Chiapas, Professor Steve Levitsky and HSPH post-doctoral fellow, Jason Lakin, organized a one-day conference to discuss the aftermath of the conflict.  The conference was organized into three panels: The first panel looked directly at the Zapatistas and the aftermath of the Zapatista revolt. The second panel put the revolt in the context of Chiapas and the region.  The panelists looked at the state as a whole, focusing on continuing issues of ethnicity, poverty and migration, as well as the changing tourist economy.  The final panel will put Chiapas and the Mexican South in a broader national context, treating national and local change as two aspects of a dynamic process in which both can have an impact on each other. It assessed the significance of zapatismo alongside other important changes (democratization, decentralization, liberalization) in terms of ethnic identity, politics and social organization.  The conference helped refocus academic attention on Chiapas and the Mexican south, and helped students to better understand the legacy of the Zapatistas.  It also succeeded in bringing together scholars from Mexico and the United States and promote bi-national collaboration.

Participating Harvard faculty: Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government


Collaborators: Jason Lakin, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

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