Fernando I Leiva
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, Merrill College
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 30
    • Merrill Academic, room 30
  • Office Hours Spring 2024 - Friday. 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 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 258 Critical Cultural Political Economy; LALS 94-X Mother Nature, Capitalism, and Crises; LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy; LALS 126 Digit@l Americ@s/Digit@l Latin@S; LALS 194-X Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas; LALS1 Intro to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers Boyeong Kim, Alejandra Watanabe Farro

Summary of Expertise

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

Research Interests

I am currently working on two projects: The first is a book manuscript - Mythmaking Eco-Extractivism: Material-Semiotic Foundations of its Imaginaries and Political Technologies -- that applies a a systemic, strategic relational, critical cultural political economy approach to study how new capitalist hegemonic project centered on "green extractivism" arises and territorializes its operations. The second is a much delayed analysis of the forms of Latin American rentier capitalism and its state and non-state political forms. 

Biography, Education and Training

Born in Santiago, Chile, 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).

Selected Publications


Peer Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

Work in Progress

  • "Mythmaking Eco-Extractivism: Materio-Semiotic Foundations of the Imaginaries and Political Technologies of "Decarbonization by Dispossession" 
  • “Neo-Ordoliberalism and the Left. Prospects for Strengthening Democracy and Overcoming the Contemporary Crises of Latin American Capitalism"
  • “Chile and the Contemporary Power of Capital: Peripheral Predatory Rentier Capitalism and the Political Practices of Business Elites”

Selected Recordings

Documentary: "The Mapuche and the Myth of Chile" Al Jazeera, The Big Picture Series, Directed by Sanjiev Sohal

Teaching Interests

Latin American political economy, Critical cultural political economy, Contemporary socio-environmental conflicts.