Past Event

The Ebbing of the Pink Tide in Latin America? Comparative Views from France, the US and Latin America

March 21, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University: 420 W 118th St

The Institute of Latin American Studies is inviting Olivier Dabène, professor of political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) from Paris for a discussion on politics in Latin America, with comparative views from France and the US. The discussion will also feature María Victoria Murillo, visiting professor (short-term) to Paris 1 University and Gabriel Kessler.

Olivier Dabène is professor of political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and senior researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI, Sciences Po). He is also the President of the Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean ( and visiting professor in many Latin American universities. His latest books include: The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), La gauche en Amérique latine, 1998-2012 (Presses de Sciences Po, 2012) and Summits and Regional Governance : The Americas in Comparative Perspective (with Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Terrien and Diana Tussie, Routledge, 2016).

María Victoria Murillo received her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at Universidad Di Tella. She has been a Fulbright, a Harvard Academy, a Peggy Rockefeller and a Russell Sage Visiting Scholar. She is the author of Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2001) and Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in the Reform of Latin American Public Utilities (Cambridge University Press, 2009) as well as multiple articles in US and Latin American journals. Her ongoing work includes a book manuscript with Ernesto Calvo on party-voter linkages in Latin America, the study of institutional enforcement and stability in the region, and the political consequence of the commodity boom with a particular focus on agricultural commodities in the Southern Cone.

Gabriel Kessler is the current Tinker Visiting Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has a PhD in Sociology by the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciencies Sociales (EHESS). He is Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), head researcher at Conicet –Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología- Argentina (Argentine National Council of Science and Technology), and Associate Fellow at the Centre d’Etude des Mouvements Sociaux of the EHESS, France. His research has dealt with social issues, public policies and violence, as well as exploring the effect of middle classes, impoverishment, education experiences throughout different classes, the effects of unemployment, youth violence, fear of crime and the relationship between death and politics. His works focus on Argentina and other Latin American countries, and his concern for a regional Latin American approach led to his membership in numerous networks and research programs from the region as well as US, Canada and Europe-based projects. These lines of work pose academic relevancy while also striving to contribute with solutions to Latin American social issues. He has published 15 books and over 90 papers worldwide, and has been a Lecturer and Visiting Professor in several universities around the world. In 2015 he was a visiting lecturer at Université de Fribourg in Switzerland and at the EHESS.

Lunch will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Program.