Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring - Fall 2019

Stained glass ceiling in many colors

The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies is published by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Harley Shaiken on the Berkeley campus, February 2020.

COMMENT: Spring - Fall 2019

By Harley Shaiken | The CLAS Chair comments on the Fall 2019 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, greets supporters in August 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Presidencia de la República Mexicana.)

MEXICO: López Obrador’s “Fourth Transformation”

By Denise DresserHow is the López Obrador administration attempting to transform Mexico? Denise Dresser looks at the initial stages.

Honduran army soldiers surround supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya during the coup in Tegucigalpa, June 2009. (Photo by Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo.)

HUMAN RIGHTS: Central American Migrations

By James G. Lamb | A report on a panel of experts discussing at Central American migrations and the moral crisis on the U.S. border.

Michelle Bachelet speaks before the United Nations Human Rights Council, September 2018.

HUMAN RIGHTS: Michelle Bachelet – An Inspiration

By Maria Echaveste | A reflection on the life of Michelle Bachelet, the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Supreme Court building in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Restrepo Acosta.)

LAW: Expanding the Frontiers of Justice

By Naomi Roht-Arriaza | Juan Guzmán Tapia changed the course of justice in Chile and throughout the world. Naomi Roht-Arriaza writes about his impact.

Judge Guzmán examines a victim’s skull with forensic anthropologist Isabel Reveco. (From The Judge and the General. Image courtesy of West Wind Productions.)

MEMOIR: At the Edge of the World: Memories of a Judge Who Indicted Pinochet

By Juan Guzmán Tapia | An excerpt from the memoirs of Juan Guzmán Tapia, the courageous Chilean judge who indicted Augusto Pinochet.

Diego Rivera, “Detroit Industry,” north wall detail, 1932-33, fresco.

ART: Rivera, Kahlo, and the Detroit Murals: A History and a Personal Journey

By Harley Shaiken | The CLAS Chair on growing up in Detroit with the artistic legacy of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Cuba as shown on an English map by  W.H. Toms in 1733. (Image from Darlington Digital Library, University of Pittsburgh.)

CUBA: A Very Long History of English Speakers’ Plots Against Havana

By Elena A. Schneider | Why have England and the U.S. been obsessed with control of Cuba's capital? Elena Schneider delves into the history.

Scientist Francesca Burgos-Bravo working in the author’s lab at the Universidad de Chile. (Photo by Nicolás Novoa-Marchant/

LATIN AMERICA: Chile and Argentina Propel Science

By Christian A.M. Wilson | Christian A.M. Wilson invited Nobel laureate Randy Schekman to share his expertise in Latin America, and Schekman is interviewed by Harley Shaiken.

The author and his mother wait by their train in the Peruvian Andes. (Photo courtesy of Peter Andreas.)

MEMOIR: Smuggling My Way Into Academe

By Peter Andreas | The author recounts a childhood traveling with his mother through Latin America and participating in left-wing movements.

Looking across the Beagle Channel at Isla Navarino, Chile. (Photo by DimitriB.)

WHIMSY: A Long Petal of the Sea

Pablo Neruda poem provides the title for Isabel Allende's new book.

This Issue's Team

Chair: Harley Shaiken
Vice Chair: Julia Byrd
Special Projects Coordinator: Ana De Carolis
Graduate Student Researchers: Isabel Silver NogueiraDaniel Payares Montoya
Design and Layout: Greg Louden
Editor: Deborah Meacham

The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Center for Latin American Studies or UC Berkeley.