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Neil Harvey

Associate Professor
Las Cruces Campus


Areas of Expertise

  • Factors Driving Migration From Mexico And Central America
  • Immigration Policy In The U.S.
  • Government And Politics In Mexico
  • The Struggles Of Indigenous Peoples (particularly The Zapatista Movement In Chiapas)

Expert Background

Neil Harvey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University. Harvey?s main areas of interest are politics in Mexico and Latin America, particularly the role of social movements in the struggle for democracy and new forms of political representation. Harvey teaches Mexican Politics, Comparative Politics, Resistance Movements in World Politics, Contemporary Political Thought, Comparative World Political Ideologies and an Honors course ?Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues.? Since 2008, he has also taught a service learning class concerning social justice on the U.S./Mexico border. He is author of several books and articles on rural development, social movements and indigenous peoples in Mexico, with a particular focus on Chiapas. He has written extensively on rural politics and indigenous people?s movements, including a book, The Chiapas Rebellion: the struggle for land and democracy (Duke University Press, 1998). He has also co-authored a textbook on Latin American politics, entitled Governing Latin America (with Joe Foweraker and Todd Landman; Polity Press, 2003). He has received research grants from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. 

Neil  Harvey

Highest Degree

University of Essex (Great Britain)