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Alejandro Velasco

Alejandro Velasco

Assistant Professor
B.A. History & Communications, Boston College, 2000
M.A. History, Duke University, 2002
Ph.D. History, Duke University, 2009

Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His manuscript, “‘A Weapon as Powerful as the Vote’: Urban Protest and Electoral Politics in Modern Venezuela,” couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. Before joining the Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. His teaching record includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America (including seminars on human rights, cultural studies and urban social movements), historical methods courses on 20th-century revolutions, graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary school educators. At Gallatin, his courses include “(Re)Imagining Latin America,” “¡Revolución!” and “Incivility in the Age of Civil Society.” Professor Velasco’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, among others, and he has presented widely at both national and international conferences and symposia. His most recent publications are “‘A Weapon as Powerful as the Vote’: Urban Protest and Electoral Politics in Venezuela, 1978-8193” (Hispanic American Historical Review, November 2010) and “‘We Are Still Rebels’: The Challenge of Popular History in Bolivarian Venezuela” (Dan Hellinger and David Smilde, eds., Participation, Politics, and Culture in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy, Duke 2011).


Contact Information

Alejandro Velasco

Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 506
(212) 992-9834
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Office Hours
Tuesday 2-5
Thursday 9:30-12:30


2014 Spring

Streetroots of Latin America II: Urban Social Movements
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: (Re) Imagining Latin America
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2013 Spring

Wed 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Past As Prelude: Thinking Historically
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2013 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Incivility in the Age of Civil Society
Mon,Wed 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

modern Latin American history, culture, and politics; democratization and social movement theory; urban studies; historical and ethnographic methods

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