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University of California, Merced

Paul Almeida is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Mobilization, and other scholarly outlets. Almeida’s books include: Global Struggles and Social Change (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020; with Chris Chase-Dunn); Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization (University of California Press, 2019); Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Waves of Protest: Popular Struggle in El Salvador, 1925-2005 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008); Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America (co-edited with Allen Cordero, 2015); and Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization and Transnational Networks (co-edited with Hank Johnston, 2006). He is currently the chair-elect of the Political Sociology section of the American Sociological Association.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Moisés Arce is the Scott and Marjorie Cowen Chair in Latin American Social Sciences and Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is affiliated with the Stone Center of Latin American Studies at Tulane. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of New Mexico.


Professor Arce specializes in conflict processes, state-society relations, and the politics of social and economic development. His current research examines the political consequences of natural resource abundance and the limits of resource-based growth policies in Latin America and Africa. He is the author of Market Reform in Society (Penn State 2005), Resource Extraction and Protest in Peru (Pittsburgh 2014), Social Protest and Democracy (Calgary 2019), and numerous book chapters and journal articles.


His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.  Professor Arce has served as a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2003), and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo (2014).


CINEP, Bogota, Colombia

Mauricio Archila is Full Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota Campus, and coordinator of the Social Movements Team of the Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (Cinep). He received his Ph. D. in History by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1991. He is specialist in Labor and Social History of Latin America and Colombia with books in the area, such as Cultura e Identidad Obrera (Cinep, 1991), and Idas y venidas, vueltas y revueltas. Protestas sociales en Colombia, 1958-1990. (Cinep, 2003. This book won the Colombian National Award on Social Sciences in 2004). He is coauthor of collective publications such as: Cuando la copa se rebosa. Luchas sociales en Colombia, 1975-2015 (Cinep, 2019); ‘Hasta cuando soñemos’. Extractivismo e Interculturalidad en el sur de La Guajira (Cinep, 2015); Violencia contra el sindicalismo en Colombia, 1984-2010 (Cinep-PNUD, 2012), and other book chapters and journal articles.


CINEP, Bogota, Colombia

Martha Cecilia García is sociologist with a master in Urbanism, and researcher of the Social Movements Team of Cinep (Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular). She studies social protest, urban social movements, memories and identities of subaltern groups in Colombia. Among her books are Protestas relacionadas con la minería en Colombia, 2000–2015 (Glocon&Cinep, 2017); Las organizaciones y movilizaciones sociales por la defensa de los recursos y bienes naturales. Un desafío para la democracia y el desarrollo en América Latina (Lima, 2015). She also is coauthor of La crisis de la salud es anterior al COVID-19 (Cinep, 2020); Cuando la copa se rebosa. Luchas sociales en Colombia, 1975-2015 (Cinep, 2019); Tendencias de la movilización social en municipios críticos para el posconflicto (Cinep, 2016); ‘Hasta cuando soñemos’. Extractivismo e Interculturalidad en el sur de La Guajira (Cinep, 2015); Violencia contra el sindicalismo en Colombia, 1984-2010 (Cinep-PNUD, 2012), and numerous book chapters and journal articles.


CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico

María Inclán is Professor in the Political Studies Division at CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico City. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from The Pennsylvania State University. Professor Inclán specializes in conflict studies, democratization processes, and mobilizing campaigns. She is the author of The Zapatista Movements and Mexico's Democratic Transition (Oxford 2018) and numerous book chapters and journal articles.


CERES, Bolivia

Roberto Laserna obtained a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley with a thesis on “The Coca Boom and the Regional Development of Cochabamba.” He received his BA in Economics from the Universidad Mayor de San Simón and an MA in Urban Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a professor at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Cochabamba), Universidad del Pacífico (Lima), and Princeton University (New Jersey). He is a principal investigator at the Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Económica y Social (CERES) in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 1984, he established the Observatorio de Conflictos at CERES, which maintains a database on social events from 1970 to date using the print media. He has done consultancy work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on human development issues in Africa, Central America and Eastern Europe. He is the author of several articles and books, such as “La Trampa del Rentismo,” “El Fracaso del Prohibicionismo,” “20 (Mis)conceptions on Coca and Cocaine,” “Crisis, Democracy and Social Conflict,” and others.


Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago, Chile

Rodrigo M. Medel is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Government at the Alberto Hurtado University and an associate researcher at the Observatory of Labor Strikes of the COES-UAH. His research interests revolve around political participation, labor relations, research methods, and social movements. He has lately focused on the relationship between electoral and non-electoral political participation. Medel completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at the University of Chile. He later obtained the degrees of Master in Sociology, Master in Political Science and Phd in Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


FLASCO, Ecuador

Santiago Ortiz Crespo earned his master and doctorate degrees in Social Sciences at FLACSO Ecuador. He was the Coordinator of the Doctorate in Social Sciences, specialization in Andean Studies at FLACSO Ecuador, and professor in the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies in the subjects of Populism, Citizenship, Citizen Participation, State and local governments. He studies social movements and the Citizen Revolution. He is a member of the Political Sociology Research Group.


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Nicolás M. Somma (PhD, University of Notre Dame, Indiana) is Associate Professor and Chair at the Instituto de Sociología of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Associate Researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). His research has appeared in journals such as Party Politics, Social Movement Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Latin American Politics and Society, and Comparative Politics, among others. Among other projects, he is leading a comparative study of labor movements in 17 Latin American countries since 1990, as well as a macro-historical comparative analysis of institutions since the early civilizations to our era.



Luciana Tatagiba is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and of the Post-Graduate Program in Political Science at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil. She was Associate Director of the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP) (2018-2020), Coordinator of the Political Participation’s Area in the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP) (2017-2020), and currently is Member of the Executive Committee of Brazilian Network of Women Scientists. Her research interests include social movements, protests, democracy, and participation in Brazil, with many publications on these areas. The newest one is the book Socio-Political Dynamics within the Crisis of the Left: Argentina and Brazil (2019). 


The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Wada is Professor in the Department of Area Studies and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Network for Academic Collaboration (LAINAC) at The University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University in 2003. Professor Wada’s area of specialization incudes contentious politics, social movements, sociology of development, and event analysis. He has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, Social Problems, and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

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