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Harvey named director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies

Neil Harvey, associate professor in the department of government at New Mexico State University, has accepted the position of director for the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at NMSU.



Neil Harvey, an associate professor in the department of government at NMSU, has accepted the position of director for the Center of Latin American and Border Studies. (NMSU photo)


"The Center for Latin American and Border Studies is an excellent resource that has not realized its full potential," Harvey said. "Given our location, existing programs and large number of faculty with interests in Latin America and the border, I believe that the center can become a vibrant place for new studies on the region."

Harvey, who has extensive experience teaching courses in Latin American studies, said the mission of the center should be to promote research, teaching and community outreach on Latin America as a whole.

Harvey received his bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Portsmouth Polytechnic, his master's degree in Latin American government and politics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and his Ph.D. in government also from Essex.

His areas of expertise include the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico, indigenous rights in Latin America and U.S.-Mexican relations. He has written extensively and received grants from various foundations to serve as principal or co-principal investigator for research on rural and indigenous politics in Mexico.

Harvey is the author of the book "Chiapas Rebellion," which was published by Duke University Press in 1998. He is co-author of a new textbook, "Governing Latin America," with Joe Foweraker and Todd Landman, both from the government department at Essex. It was published by Polity Press in 2003.

Harvey succeeds Jose Z. Garcia, an associate government professor at NMSU, who had been the director of the center for 12 years. Garcia decided to return to his teaching position in the government department and continue to work on his research.