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Dr Jeffery Webber, BA (McGill), MA (McGill), PhD (Toronto)

Senior Lecturer

email: j.r.webber@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7882 8592
Location: Arts One 2.30b

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Jeffery Webber

Office Hours: 

Tuesday 1-2pm; Thursday 10-11am (from Jan 2014)

Prior to joining Queen Mary, I declined a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to take up a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Science at the University of Regina, Canada.  I have also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Facultad Latinoamericano  de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador, the Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA) and Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisicplinarios (CEBEM) in La Paz, Bolivia, and the International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam.

Over the last few years, I have been invited to speak on Latin American Politics, international relations, and social theory at a number of universities across Europe, North America, and Latin America, including Oxford University, Harvard University, New York University, Istanbul University, the New University of Lisbon, the University of Sussex, FLACSO (Ecuador), and the University of Toronto.

My PhD is from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where I held an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and an International Development Research Centre Doctoral Award. My dissertation, “Red  October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia,” was nominated by the Department of Political Science for the John Leyelr-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, as  well as the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies  (CAGS/UMI) Distinguished Dissertation Award.

My research interests cut across the disciplines of politics, sociology, international relations, history, and anthropology, with a focus on the following themes: Latin American Political Economy; the Latin American Left (Theory, History, and Practice); Marxism; Imperialism, Hegemony, Empire and Globalisation; Colonialism and Counter-Colonial Struggles; Social Movements, Rebellion, and Revolution; Historical Sociology; and International Political Economy.

Research

Research interests:

My first book, Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia was published in 2011. It is a revised and expanded iteration of my doctoral dissertation, which begins in 1781 and traces the oppositional cultures of indigenous rebellion and working-class formation against a backdrop of capitalist development, Bolivia’s insertion into the world market, and contested state formation. This long historical narrative is combined with archival work, techniques of oral history, and ethnography to provide an account of the combined oppositional consciousness at the heart of the left-indigenous cycle of revolt that shook the country between 2000 and 2005.

My second book, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales, also published in 2011, interrogates the economics and politics of Bolivia since Evo Morales was elected as the first indigenous president of the country in 2006.

As lead editor of a third book published in 2013, The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire, I worked closely with one of the leading historians of the Left in modern Mexico and Cuba, Barry Carr. Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Economy is my latest book, a co-edited volume with Susan Spronk of the University of Ottawa. It will be published in early 2014. While working on these major research initiatives, I also wrote a number of scholarly articles which appeared in Latin American Perspectives, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Agrarian Change, Latin American Politics and Society, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Historical Materialism, Critical Sociology, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Rethinking Marxism, among others.

At present, I am pursuing two main research tracks. The first is a monograph entitled Andean Labyrinth: The New Left in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. I have completed over 100 interviews across the three countries over the last four years and have conducted extensive archival work in each. The second research track is a co-authored monograph entitled The Ottawa Connection: Canadian Geopolitics and Popular Resistance in Latin America. The manuscript, written in collaboration with Todd Gordon of Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, is rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents pertaining to Canadian diplomacy and economic activities in mining and other extractive resource sectors across Latin America. We have also carried out field work for this project in Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia, interviewing dozens of trade unionists, indigenous and peasant community representatives, lawyers, human rights workers, doctors, engineers, environmental activists, and social movement leaders.

Examples of research funding:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $81,000 (Can), Post-doctoral fellowship, Institute of the Americas, University of London, UK, 2009-2011*
*Declined due to tenure-track position at the University of Regina.

International Development Research Centre Doctoral Award (IDRC), $12,000 (Can), Financed fieldwork in Bolivia, 2005-2006.

Publications

Books:

Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Economy (Co-editor with Susan Spronk), Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Historical Materialism Book Series, forthcoming 2014.

The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire (Co-editor with Barry Carr) Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia. Chicago: Haymarket Books (Historical Materialism Book Series), 2012.

From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011.

Journal Articles

2013

"Evo Morales and the MST in Bolivia: Continuities and Discontinuities in Agrarian Reform,” (co-authored with Honor Brabazon), Journal of Agrarian Change, forthcoming 2013.

“Post-Coup Honduras: Latin America’s Corridor of Reaction,” (co-authored with Todd Gordon), Historical Materialism, forthcoming 2013.

“Canadian Geopolitics in Post-Coup Honduras,” (co-authored with Todd Gordon), Critical Sociology, forthcoming 2013.

“Honduran Labyrinth,” (co-athored with Todd Gordon), Jacobin, Issue 10, forthcoming 2013.

2012

“Popular Movements, Political Economy, and the State in Bolivia: An Interview with Oscar Olivera and Freddy Villagómez,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 23.3: 6-19, 2012.

2011

“Canada and the Honduran Coup of June 2009,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, (co-authored with Todd Gordon), 30.3: 328-343, 2011.

“The Bolivarian Process in Venezuela: A Left Forum,” Historical Materialism (Co-editor with Susan Spronk), 19.1: 229-266, 2011.

2010

“Bolivia in the Era of Morales,” (review essay) Latin American Research Review 45.3: 248-260, 2010.

“Neostructuralism, Neoliberalism, and Latin America’s Resurgent Left,” (review essay) Historical Materialism 18.3: 208-229, 2010.

“Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales, and a Divided Bolivia, 2003-2005,” Latin American Perspectives, 37.3 (May): 51-70, 2010.

“Venezuela Under Chávez: The Prospects and Limitations of Twenty-First Century Socialism, 1998-2009,” Socialist Studies/Études Socialistes, 6, 1 (Spring): 11-44, 2010.

2008

“Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia (Part III): Neoliberal Continuities, the Autonomist Right, and the Political Economy of Indigenous Struggle,” Historical Materialism 16.4: 67-109, 2008. 

“Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia (Part II): Revolutionary Epoch, Combined Liberation, and Electoralism,” Historical Materialism 16.3: 1-22, 2008.

“Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia (Part I): Domestic Class Structures, Latin American Trends, and Capitalist Imperialism,” Historical Materialism 16.2: 23-58, 2008.

“Imperialism and Resistance: Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America,” Third World Quarterly 29,1: 63-87. (Co-authored with Todd Gordon), 2008.

“Dynamite in the Mines and Bloody Urban Clashes: Indigenous Ascendant Populism and the Limits of Reform in Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism,” Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes 4,1: 79-117, 2008.

“Marxism and Development Theory: Recent Scholarship on the Third World,” in Rethinking Marxism 20,1: 162-176 (review essay), 2008.

2007

“Struggles against Accumulation by Dispossession in Bolivia: The Political Economy of Natural Resource Contention,” Latin American Perspectives 34,2: 31-47 (Co-authored with Susan Spronk), 2007. 

“Indigenous Struggle in Latin America: The Perilous Invisibility of Capital and Class,” in Latin American Politics and Society 49,3: 191-205 (review essay), 2007.

2006

“Imperialism without Colonies,” Review of Radical Political Economics 38,1: 139-143 (review essay), 2006.

2005

“Left-Indigenous Struggles in Bolivia: Searching for Revolutionary Democracy,” Monthly Review 57, 4: 34-48, 2005.

Book Chapters

2013

“ ‘The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same’: Popular Forces Regroup Against Rafael Correa in Ecuador,” in Sara Farris and Joost Kircz, eds., Returns of Marxism. Amsterdam: IIRE, forthcoming 2013.

“Systemic Logics and Historical Specificity: Renewing Historical Materialism in Latin American Political Economy,” (co-authored with Susan Spronk) in Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber, eds., Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Economy, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Historical Materialism Books Series, forthcoming 2013.

“Revolution against ‘Progress’: Neo-Extractivism, the Compensatory State, and the TIPNIS Conflict in Bolivia,” in Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber, eds., Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Economy, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Historical Materialism Books Series, forthcoming 2013.

“Indigenous Liberation and Class Struggle in Ecuador: A Conversation with Luis Macas,” in Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein, eds., Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements, Oakland: PM Press, 2013.

“Ecuador’s Economy under Rafael Correa: Twenty-First Century Socialism or a New Extracivism? An Interview with Alberto Acosta,” in Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein, eds., Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements, Oakland: PM Press, 2013.

“The Latin American Left in Theory and Practice,” in Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr, eds., The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. (Co-authored with Barry Carr), 2013.

“From Left-Indigenous Insurrection to Reconstituted Neoliberalism in Bolivia: Political Economy, Indigenous Liberation, and Class Struggle, 2000-2011,” in Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr, eds., The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

“The Overthrow of a Moderate and the Birth of a Radicalizing Resistance: The Coup against Manuel Zelaya and the History of Imperialism and Popular Struggle in Honduras,” (co-authored with Todd Gordon), in Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr, eds., The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

2012

“Capitalism,” in Andrew Boyd, ed., Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for the Next Revolution, New York: OR Books, 2012.

2011

“Hope and Contradiction: The Struggle for Socialism in Twenty-First Century Venezuela,” in Henry Veltmeyer, ed., Twenty-First Century Socialism, 2011.

2010

“Socialism and Development,” in Henry Veltmeyer et. al., eds., Critical Development Studies: Tools for Progressive Change. London: Pluto, 2010.

“Struggle, Continuity, and Contradiction in Bolivia,” in Peter Gärtner, Sven Schaller and Muruchi Poma, eds., Bolivien im Umbruch. Der schwierige Weg zur Neugründung. [A German translation of my recent essay of the same name in International Socialism], 2010.

2009

“From Naked Barbarism to Barbarism with Benefits: Neoliberal Capitalism, Natural Gas Policy, and the Government of Evo Morales in Bolivia,” in Arne Ruckert and Laura Macdonald, eds., Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas? New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

“Left-Indigenous Politics in Bolivia: Evo Morales and the Constituent Assembly,” in Yildiz Atasoy, ed., Hegemonic Transitions, the State, and Neoliberal Crisis in Capitalism. London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

2008

“Image and Reality in Bolivia: The Contradictions of Evo Morales and the New Indigenous Left,” in Aylin Topal, ed., The Latin American Left. Istanbul: Yordam Kitap (Exclusively in Turkish), 2008.

“Struggles against Accumulation by Dispossession in Bolivia: The Political Economy of Natural Resource Contention,” in Harry Vanden, Richard Stahler-Sholk, and Glen Kuecker, eds., Twenty-First Century Latin American Social Movements. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield. (Co-authored with Susan Spronk) Re-print of Latin American Perspectives article, 2008. [Book was selected as one of Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009]

Recent Non-Refereed Articles

2012

“Venezuela After Chávez,” Jacobin, March 8, 2013.

“Latest Step in a Long Road: The Venezuelan Elections,” The Bullet, October 12, 2012.

“Emancipation by Dispossession? A Rejoinder to Federico Fuentes’, International Socialism, Issue 136, 2012.

“Open Horizons: An Interview with Roland Denis,” (with Susan Spronk) The Bullet, August 24, 2012.

“Now is the Time! Struggle for Sexual Diversity in Venezuela: An Interview with María Gabriela Blanco,” (with Susan Spronk), The Bullet, August 20, 2012.

“The Revolution will not be Decreed: An Interview with Gonzalo Gómez,” (with Susan Spronk), The Bullet, August 17, 2012.

“This Process Belongs to the People: An Interview with Juan Contreras,” (with Susan Spronk), The Bullet, August 15, 2012.

“Honey of the Revolution: An Interview with Rosangela Orozco,” (with Susan Spronk), Upside Down World, August 13, 2012.

“Fighting for Land and Territory in Urban Caracas: An Interview with Héctor Madera,” (with Susan Spronk), The Bullet, August 11, 2012.

2011

“Paraguay’s Parliamentary Coup and Ottawa’s Imperial Response,” (co-authored with Todd Gordon) The Bullet, June 26, 2011.

“Revolution against ‘Progress’: the TIPNIS Struggle and Class Contradictions in Bolivia,” International Socialism, 133, 2012.

“Chile’s New Left: More than a Student Movement,” International Socialist Review, (November-December), 2011.

“A New Indigenous-Left in Ecuador?” NACLA Report on the Americas, (September-October), 2011: 9-13.

“The Honduran Resistance at the Crossroads: An Interview with Carlos Amaya,” nacla.org, August 24, 2011.

“The Cartagena Accord: A Step Forward for Canada in Honduras,” (with Todd Gordon), The Bullet, July 13, 2011.

“From Cartagena to Tegucigalpa: Imperialism and the Future of the Honduran Resistance,” (with Todd Gordon), Upside Down World, July 4, 2011.

“The Different Logics in the Honduran Resistance: An Interview with Bertha Cáceres,” (with Todd Gordon), Upside Down World, June 27, 2011.

“Fantasies Aside, It’s Reconstituted Neoliberalism in Bolivia under Morales: A Response to Frederico Fuentes,” International Socialist Review (March-April), 2011.

2010

“Mass Revolt Against Poverty in Bolivia,” Socialist Review (September), 2010.

“The Rebellion in Potosí: Uneven Development, Neoliberal Continuities, and a Revolt against Poverty in Bolivia,” Upside Down World, August 16, 2010.

“Uribe’s Parting Shot: Colombia and Venezuela Rattle Their Sabres,” Counterpunch, August 4, 2010.

“The Labour Movement and Socialist Struggle in Venezuela: An Interview with Pedro Eusse,” The Bullet, July 22, 2010.

“Indigenous Liberation and Class Struggle in Ecuador: A Conversation with Luis Macas,” Upside Down World, July 17, 2010.

“Ecological Resistance, Indigenous Struggle, and Rafael Correa’s Neo-Extractivism in Ecuador: An Interview with Gloria Chicaiza,” New Socialist Web Zine, July 14, 2010.

“Indigenous Struggle, Ecology, and Capitalist Resource Extraction in Ecuador: An Interview with Marlon Santi,” The Bullet, July 13, 2010.

“Ecuador’s Economy under Rafael Correa: Twenty-First Century Socialism or a New Extractivism? – An Interview with Alberto Acosta,” Upside Down World, July 12, 2010.

“Workers’ Control, Popular Power, and the Struggle for Socialism in Venezuela: An Interview with Gonzalo Gómez, Stalin Pérez Borges, and Luis Primo,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Against the Current, 148 (September-October), 2010.

“Evo Morales and Reconstituted Neoliberalism in Bolivia,” International Socialist Review, 73 (September-October), 2010.

“Communal Power in Caracas: An Interview with Wilder Marcano,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Upside Down World, July 5, 2010.

“Building a Future in the Barrio of Chapellín: An Interview with Rosa María González,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Upside Down World, June 28, 2010.

“ ‘To Have and To Be’: Building a Socialist-Feminist Economy in Venezuela – An Interview with Lidice Navas,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Znet, June 28, 2010.

“Workers’ Control and the Contradictions of the Bolivarian Process: An Interview with Gustavo Martínez,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Znet, June 20, 2010.

“Building Socialism from Below: The Role of the Comunas in Venezuela, An Interview with Atenea Jiménez,” co-authored with Susan Spronk, Znet, June 13, 2010.

“Canada’s Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship,” Counterpunch, co-authored with Todd Gordon, March 19, 2010.

“¿Consolidando el golpe de estado en Honduras? Pepe Lobo, imperialismo y resistencia,” Rebelión, co-authored with Todd Gordon, translated by Sinfo Fernández, February 8, 2010.

“Consolidating the Honduran Coup? Pepe Lobo, Imperialism, and the Resistance,” Counterpunch, co-authored with Todd Gordon, February 5, 2010.

“Honduras: Feminists in Resistance – Brenda Villacorta and Gloria Centeno Interviewed by Jeffery R. Webber,” MRZine, February 2, 2010.

“Honduran Resistance in the Streets of Tegucigalpa: Rafael Alegría Interviewed by Jeffery R. Webber,” MRZine, January 31, 2010.

“Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance in Honduras: Carlos Donilo Amador Interviewed by Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber,” The Bullet, January 29, 2010.

2009

“Bolivia under Evo Morales: The Pace and Depth of Social and Political Change: Edgar Tórrez Mosqueira interviewed by Jeffery R. Webber,” MRZine, December 7, 2009.

2008

“Bolivia After the Referendum,” International Socialist Review Issue 62 (Nov-Dec): 27-35, 2008.

“Bolivia: A Coup in the Making?” Counterpunch, September 11, 2008.

“Women of Venezuela’s PSUV: Jeffery R. Webber Interviews Three Women Leaders of PSUV,” MRZine, September 11, 2008.

“Venezuela from Below: Jeffery R. Webber Interviews Political Theorist and Journalist George Ciccariello-Maher,” Counterpunch, September 9, 2008.

“Venezuela’s Bolivarian Process, Democracy, and Socialism: A View from the PSUV in Mérida,” an interview with Oscar González, MRZine, September 6, 2008.

“Bolivia’s Post-Referendum Conjuncture,” Znet, August 19, 2008.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral theses in the following areas: Political Economy of Latin America; Latin American Left; Latin American Social Movements; Latin American Marxism (Theory, History, Practice); Latin American Decolonial Theory and Social Struggle; Political Economy of Development; Critical Development Theory; Imperialism, Hegemony, Empire and Globalization; Historical Sociology and Historical Materialism; Marxism and the Global South; Social Movements, Rebellion, and Revolution in the Global South.

Current PhD Students:

Kristin Ciupa (first supervisor), The Political Economy of Venezuelan Oil and Regional Responses to Neoliberalism

Sue Iamamoto (second supervisor), Memories of Warfare in Contemporary Bolivia

Public engagement

I have maintained a long term commitment to public intellectual work, appearing on television and radio news programs and talk shows, participating in public forums on contemporary Latin American politics, delivering public lectures to community groups and student and labour associations, and publishing dozens of popular articles over the last few years in non-scholarly outlets such as Jacobin, Monthly Review, NACLA Report on the Americas, Counterpunch, Green Left Weekly, Znet, MRZine, Upside Down World, and The Bullet, among others.

I am happy to respond to media requests to speak about ongoing developments in Latin American politics.

Editorial Board Member:

Historical Materialism (Fall 2008 -)
Latin American Perspectives (Fall 2008-)
Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (Fall 2011-)

Journal Referee:

Antipode
Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Capital and Class
City and Society
Colombia Internacional
Critical Sociology
Development and Change
Globalizations
Historical Materialism
Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements
International Political Sociology
Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research
Journal of Latin American Studies
Journal of Rural Studies
Latin American Perspectives
Latin American Politics and Society
Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
Political Studies
The Latin Americanist
Third World Quarterly

Book Referee:

Arizona University Press
Brill (Historical Materialism Book Series)
Haymarket Books
Pluto
Verso
Zed Books

Grant Referee:

Social Science and Humanities Research Council – SSHRC (Canada)
Economic and Social Research Council – ESRC (UK)

Member:

British International Studies Association (BISA)
Political Studies Association – UK (PSA)
Society for Latin American Studies – UK (SLAS)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
Society for Socialist Studies - Société d'études socialistes
International Studies Association (ISA)
Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)
Critical Development Studies Network (Canada and Mexico)

Visiting Researcher:

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA), La Paz, Bolivia, August, 2010.
Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM), La Paz, Bolivia, January-September 2005, April-May 2006.

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