Fernando I Leiva
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, Oakes College
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 30
    • Merrill Academic, room 30
  • Office Hours Wednesday 2:00 PM -4:00 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 Bridging Latin American and Latino Studies; LALS 200-A Power and Society; LALS 245 Epistemologies of the South; LALS 258 Critical Cultural Political Economy; LALS 94-X Mother Nature, Capitalism, and Crises; LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy; LALS 194-X Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas; LALS1 Intro to Latin American and Latino Studies

Summary of Expertise

Socio-environmental conflicts; Economic elites, the state, and political domination; Political Economy; Latin American Development; Labor Flexibility; Social Movements; Post-neoliberalism. 

Research Interests

Currently, I am working on three projects. The first is a book manuscript The Left Hand of Capital: The Center-Left, Governabililty and Social Movements in Chile. The second focuses on developing a systemic, strategic relational, critical cultural political economy approach in the study of economic elites and the power of capital. The third examines current strategies to expand the frontiers of extractivism focused on Chile's Atacama region. 

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, Contemporary socio-environmental conflicts.