In a combined podcast effort with Historias, the podcast of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Greg talks with Dustin Walcher, Jeff Taffet, Mary Rose Kubal, and Maggie Commins about the Trump administration’s policies toward Latin America. Is there a coherent policy? Is it racist? Etc.
Episode 76: Trump & Latin America
Episode 75: Restrictive Immigration Policies in the Southeast
Greg talks with Maggie Commins, who is Shelton Professor of Political Science at Queens University of Charlotte, about her forthcoming article on restrictive immigration policy tone in the southeast, which is coming out in the next issue of The Latin Americanist. It’s some really interesting research based on coding data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Episode 74: Inside The Latin Americanist
In an episode co-produced with the Historias podcast, I talk with my colleagues and good friends Jurgen Buchenau (UNC Charlotte), Greg Crider (Winthrop University), and Steven Hyland (Wingate University) about The Latin Americanist, the peer-reviewed journal owned by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. We talk about all aspects of it, including how excited we are to be published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Episode 73: Serving as an Expert Witness in Immigration Cases
Greg talks with Jonathan Rosen, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Holy Family University, about his experience serving as an expert witness in immigration cases. Jonathan has served in almost 100 cases, mostly involving Central American migrants fearful of returning. He has some great insights into the whole process and even how people can get involved.
Episode 72: Nayib Bukele and Other Things
Greg talks with Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College and fairly frequent guest on the podcast. The topic is El Salvador, but we also dive into the details of textbook writing, since the new edition of her textbook Understanding Central America: Global Forces and Political Change is out in its 7th edition.
Episode 71: Latin America, the U.S., and China
This is a different kind of episode, as it’s a recording of a talk Greg gave on Latin America, the U.S., and China on February 19, 2020 for the Great Decisions series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte.
Episode 70: Latin American Civil-Military Relations: What The &%$*&?
Greg goes it alone in this episode, feeling flashbacks to the 1990s and the continued relevance of civil-military relations in Latin America, to the detriment of democracy. He looks in general at the issue, with reference to El Salvador and Bolivia. Really, what the &%$&?
Episode 69: Understanding the Chilean Crisis
Greg talks with Pablo Rubio, a historian who is currently Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and Investigador de la Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. He researches the political transition in Chile and U.S.-Chilean relations. We chat about the effects of the transition, constitutional reform, police violence, and even how the right believes Venezuela is behind the protests.
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Episode 68: Understanding the Bolivian Crisis
Greg talks with Miguel Centellas, who is Croft Instructional Associate Professor of Sociology & International Studies at The University of Mississippi. He does research on Bolivian politics and electoral politics and measuring democracy as well. He was on the podcast way back in December 2016. At that point, Evo Morales had decided to run despite the failed referendum. This time we discuss the current crisis, what the opposition is like, and the state of Bolivian democracy, complete with a Star Wars reference.
Here is a link to our last conversation: https://archive.org/details/Podcast18_201612
Episode 67: China & Venezuela
Greg talks with Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. He’s been active in studying Latin America for a long time, previously with the Americas Society and Council for the Americas. Yesterday the council hosted an event “China, Oil, and Venezuela: Myths, Reality, and the Future.” In particular, they talk about what China’s interests are in Venezuela, and what role it might play in an eventual political transition.