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Fernando I Leiva
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, Oakes College
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 30
    • Merrill Academic, room 30
  • Office Hours Tuesday 10:15 AM -12:15 PM
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Development Economics, Globalization, Labor and Social Movements, Latin American and Latino Studies, Political Economy of Development
  • Courses LALS 200-A Power and Society, LALS 245 Epistemologies of the South, LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy, LALS1 Intro to Latin American and Latino Studies

Summary of Expertise

Political Economy, Latin American Development, Labor Flexibility, Social Movements, Post-neoliberalism, and Political Economy of Globalization

Research Interests

Currently, I am working on two projects. The first is a book manuscript The Left Hand of Capital: The Center-Left, Governabililty and Social Movements in Chile. The second aims to launch a long-term comparative research initiative titled “Flexible Accumulation and the Production of Social Cohesion in the Americas: Applying a Critical Cultural Political Economy Approach.” On the basis of paired sites, -- Chile and Ecuador in South America and California’s Silicon and Salinas Valleys in North America— I explore how more self-reflexive articulations of state, civil society, and corporate capital attempt to manage conflicts, contradictions and diverse hierarchies.

Biography, Education and Training

I am a transnational Chilean.
PhD in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MA in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
BA in Economics, American University (Washington D.C).

Teaching Interests

Latin American political economy, Critical cultural political economy.