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A Social Sciences PhD’s Career Path as a Faculty Member

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Our speaker for this talk is Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor at New York University, where he holds appointments in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Department of History. Before joining NYU, he held a post-doc fellowship at Hampshire College.  A 2009 PhD in History from Duke, Alejandro specializes in urban politics in modern Latin America. However his work builds on deep interdisciplinary foundations he developed while at Duke's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in working groups, courses, and conferences that brought together students and faculty in history, anthropology, literature, and political science. The recipient of a 2004-2005 International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council as well as several Duke Graduate School research and writing awards, he has published in journals like the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Latin American Research Review, and Labor. He also regularly writes for non-academic audiences, with op-eds in NACLA Report on the Americas, the New York Times, and History News Network, and contributing commentary on radio and TV outlets like NPR, MSNBC, Al Jazeera. His book Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela was published by the University of California Press in July 2015.

Lunch will be served, please bring your own beverage to enjoy.

This event is part of the 2015-16 Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School'sProfessional Development Series, the Duke Career Center, and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions about this event? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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