Jorge Castañeda’s Fall 2015 Course at CLACS


This fall semester, professor Jorge Castañeda will be teaching two classes at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The first is a freshmen honors seminar titled “Latin American at the Start of the XXI Century: Coming of Age or Continuing Chaos?” The second is “U.S.-Latin American Relations: WWII to the Present”, a graduate joint course with Columbia University that features distinguished Latin-American scholar, professor John Coatsworth.

Professor Castañeda is a prominent public figure in Mexican and Latin American politics. He served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Mexican government between 2000 and 2003 – an interesting moment in time considering the country’s transition to democracy after 71 years of consecutive PRI rule. Later on, Castañeda sought the Mexican presidency. He did so by running as an independent candidate. The task was close to impossible due to the country’s electoral laws, which favored official –and traditional– party nominees. The campaign turned out to be a controversial affair –one of many Castañeda has had to encounter throughout his political career– that changed the country’s institutional framework (it even included a ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights).

Castañeda has also had a distinguished academic career, holding a B.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Paris (Panthéon-La Sorbonne). He taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1978-2004), and since 1997 as the Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University.

The former Secretary of Foreign Affairs has written over a dozen books on Mexican and Latin American politics, some of which include “Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War” (1993), “Compañero: The Life and Death of Ché Guevara” (1997) and “Mañana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans” (2011). Professor Castañeda has also co-written and co-edited various books, including “Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico” with Robert Pastor (1988) and “Leftovers: Tales of the Latin American Left” with Marco A. Morales (2008). His latest book “Amarres Perros: Una Autobiografía” (2014), gives a glimpse on his life, politics, and Mexican history. Castañeda is also a regular columnist at Diario Reforma and Milenio (Mexico), and a frequent contributor to El País (Spain) and Time Magazine.

Students are welcome to register for his classes. His lectures offer a unique opportunity to get first-handed insights on numerous issues concerning Latin American politics – many of which won’t be found in any textbook or academic paper.

For more information on these and other courses offered at CLACS NYU, follow this link.

Please check Albert for the most accurate course scheduling information.

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