LAC Online Round Table: The Coronavirus Global Crisis and Latin America

friday seminar

Registration will be open until  1 May, 15:30 (UK time)



This seminar will take place through Microsoft Teams. If you wish to join us, please send your e-mail address so we can register you in our Teams platform.


Merike Blofield, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, Germany

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Stanford University, USA

Javier Lezaún, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford

Chair: Eduardo Posada-Carbó, LAC, Oxford, UK


Merike Blofield is the Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at GIGA in Germany. A native of Finland, she has lived in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the United States. Her publications include two-single-authored books (Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012; The Politics of Moral Sin: Abortion and Divorce in Spain, Chile and Argentina, Routledge, 2006), and one edited volume (The Great Gap: Inequality and the Politics of Redistribution in Latin America, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011). Care Work and Class won the National Women’s Studies Association Sara A. Whaley Book Award for 2013. Among other journals, she has published in Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review and Social Politics, and has directed projects funded by the Ford Foundation (2007-2009) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do São Paulo.


Alberto Diaz-Cayeros is the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Stanford in the USA. From 2008 to 2013 he was Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Center for US-Mexico Studies. He was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 2001-2008, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz-Cayeros has also served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. in Mexico from 1997-1999. He earned his Ph.D at Duke University in 1997. His work has focused on federalism, poverty and violence in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English. His book Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 (reprinted 2016). His latest book (with Federico Estevez and Beatriz Magaloni) is: The Political Logic of Poverty Relief Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico (2016).


Javier Lezaun is Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, and Governing Body Fellow at Kellogg College. Javier joined the Oxford faculty in 2008, after stints at the London School of Economics and Amherst College. He received a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.  His research focuses on the intersection of science and politics. Most of his current work focuses on scientific and political change in the context of global health interventions, specifically those targeting mosquito-borne diseases. This work includes ethnographic investigations into the work of entomologists and the impact of urban mosquito control programmes, as well as research on the governance of transgenic and gene drive technologies for the suppression of insect vectors. He is currently co-PI of the project Acting in an uncertain world: Mapping public health responses to the Zika epidemic in Brazil, in collaboration with colleagues at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz). The project, funded by the British Council’s Newton Fund, examines the evolution of public policy and scientific research in response to the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil in 2015.


Eduardo Posada-Carbó is Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and Director of the Oxford Latin American Centre.