Latin America After the Left Turn


Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

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Speaker: Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College; 2021-22 Cisneros Visiting Scholar, Harvard DRCLAS
Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Santiago Anria is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at Dickinson College. His research focuses on social movements and parties in Latin America and has appeared in journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Latin American Politics and Society. He is the author of “When Movements Become Parties: The Bolivian MAS in Comparative Perspective” (Cambridge University Press, Studies in Comparative Politics Series, 2018), which examines the origins and evolution of movement-based parties. He is currently working on a comparative-historical project that explores the interaction between social mobilization, polarization processes, and regime dynamics in Latin America. His other research project focuses on how social movements defend policy gains. Anria received a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR).

Steven Levitsky is the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. As the David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, his research focuses on democratization, authoritarianism, political parties, and weak and informal institutions. He is author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), a New York Times Best-Seller that has been published in 25 languages, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Lucan Way) (Cambridge, 2010), and Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2003), and co-editor of Informal Institutions and Democracy in Latin America (with Gretchen Helmke) and The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (with Kenneth Roberts). He has written frequently for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Vox, The New Republic, The Monkey Cage, La República (Peru) and Folha de São Paulo (Brazil). He is currently writing a book (with Lucan Way) on the durability of revolutionary regimes. Levitsky received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Presented in collaboration with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs