Faculty Voices

12 Episodes

By: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Faculty Voices is produced by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Hear what Harvard faculty think about relevant topics that impact Latin America.

Episode 12: The Politics of Food in the Age of Covid-19
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Gabriela Soto-Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University, discusses how food insecurity and the challenges of food distribution in the pandemic have underscored already existing inequities.

Episode 11: What to Make of the Peruvian Elections

Steve Levitsky, Harvard Professor in the Government Department and director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, discusses the upcoming June 6 Peruvian elections. It’s a hot contest between Keiko Fujimori on the right and Pedro Castillo on the left.

Episode 10: Education in Latin America


Leading Education Through COVID-19: Upholding the Right to Education

Leading Educational Change During a Pandemic: Reflections of Hope and Possibility

Una calamidad educativa Aprendizaje y enseñanza durante la pandemia de COVID-19

Episode 9: What to Make of the Ecuadoran Elections

Alisha Holland, Associate Professor in the Harvard Government Department, looks at the implications of the April 11 elections in Ecuador.

Episode 8: Transforming Black Lives in the Americas

Eleven million Africans were forcibly sent to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries. Two out of every three came to Latin America and the Caribbean. Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard, discusses how Afro-descendent mobilization has brought change to the region in the last twenty years. De la Fuente, who is also director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvars’s Hutchin Center, points to a transformative wave—particularly in Latin American constitutions—that now recognizes Afro-descendents as integral members of pluricultural nations. That recognition has led to “co...

Episode 7: What to Make of the Salvadoran Elections?

Jocelyn Viterna, Harvard Professor of Sociology and director of undergraduate studies in the sociology department, discusses the February 28 Salvadoran elections. The results of these elections for the legislative body and mayoral offices are likely to determine the course of the country for years to come. Viterna, the author of Women in War: The Micro-processes of Mobilization in El Salvador, has worked and researched in El Salvador for 25 years.

Episode 6: Unleashing the Power of the Humanities

Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, discusses the relationship between the humanities and democracies, as well as the dire implications of budget cuts for the humanities both in the United States and Latin America.

Episode 5: Violence and Democracy

Yanilda María González, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of Authoritarian Police in Democracy: Contested Security in Latin America discusses policing, state violence and citizenship in democracy. Looking at issues of race and class, she shows how ordinary democratic politics in unequal societies can perpetuate authoritarian policing.

Episode 4: Vaccine Challenges: A Look at Brazil

Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, takes a look at the challenges Brazil—long a world leader in immunizations—faces with the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Episode 3: Remembering Diego Maradona

Mariano Siskind, Harvard Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literatures, reflects on the political, social, and cultural implications of famed soccer star Diego Maradona’s life and death.

Episode 2: How Democracies Live with Steve Levitsky

This Fall has been a busy season for democracy, from elections in Bolivia (and the United States) to a resounding vote for a new Chilean constitution. Steve Levitsky, director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and co-author of How Democracies Die, puts it all in context in this podcast.

Episode 1: DavĂ­d Carrasco on the Day of the Dead, a Gift from Mexico

DavĂ­d Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, and June Carolyn Erlick, Editor-in-Chief, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America discuss DĂ­a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).