Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Meet the Fall 2014 Tinker Nave Visiting Scholar!

We are delighed to welcome Professor Gerardo Otero as our Fall 2014 Nave Tinker Visiting Scholar!


A Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Otero is an internationally-known scholar of agrarian studies, with a specialty in Latin America. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology here at UW-Madison in 1986, and has had a productive career since then. He has published three books as sole-author and edited four others, most recently Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2008; reissued 2011). In addition, Professor Ottero  has published scores of academic journal articles and book chapters.


His current research interests are the Empowerment Theory and Political-Cultural Formation, Popular-democratic alternatives from the bottom up and the State (political sociology, democratic theory, social movements, state-society relations) as well as the Neoliberal Food Regime: Food Security and the New International Division of Labour inNorth America. Professor Ottero also studies farmworkers' health and Safety in British Columbia Agriculture.


Here, in Madison, he will be teaching the Social and Political Change in Latin America course, as well as  presenting his work at several presentations and a LACIS Lunchtime leacture.