Population Pressures: Migration, Repression, and Agrarian Reform in Latin America


Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Emily Sellars, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

headshot of Emily SellarsDoes emigration undermine pressure for agrarian change? I examine how the presence of exit options can alter patterns of political mobilization, with ambiguous consequences for agrarian reform. I present evidence on this question using historical data from 20th-century Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Emily A. Sellars is an assistant professor of political science at Yale University. Her research focuses on historical political economy of Latin America and the political economy of migration. She received her PhD in Political Science and Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Fernando Bizzarro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate to the DRCLAS. A political scientist from Brazil, he researches the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy and political parties in Latin America.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.