B.A. History & Communications, Boston College, 2000 M.A. History, Duke University, 2002 Ph.D. History, Duke University, 2009
Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. Before joining the Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. His teaching record includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America, including seminars on human rights, cultural studies, and urban social movements; historical methods courses on 20th-century revolutions; graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary school educators. At Gallatin, his courses include “(Re)Imagining Latin America,” “¡Revolución!,” “Incivility in the Age of Civil Society,” and "Art and Politics in the City," a multi-sited collaboration between NYU Buenos Aires and NYU Washington Square. Professor Velasco’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others, and he has presented widely at both national and international conferences and symposia.
Teaching and Research Interests
modern Latin American history, culture, and politics; democratization and social movement theory; urban studies; historical and ethnographic methods
Professor Velasco reviewed Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo’s I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2012) for the Autumn 2017 Canadian Journal of History.
His review of Aragorn Storm Miller’s Precarious Paths to Freedom: The United States, Venezuela, and the Latin American Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2016) appears in H-Diplo Roundtable XVIII.