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Jeffrey Rubin

Professor of history, Boston University

Residency: April – June 2015

Research Project: Citizen Subjectivities Reconfigured: Social Movements, Business, and Religion in Latin America’s 21st Century Democracies

Research Interests:  democracy and politics in Latin America, grassroots activism, social movements

Public Talk: “Citizen Subjectivities Reconfigured: Social Movements, Business, and Religion in Latin America’s 21st Century Democracies”

Biography

Jeffrey W. Rubin is associate professor of history and research associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. He received his B.A. in social studies and Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University.

A specialist on social movements, Rubin is the author of “Decentering the Regime: Ethnicity, Radicalism, and Democracy in Juchitán, Mexico” (Duke 1997) and co-author of “Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women’s Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration” (Duke 2013).  He is co-editor of “Enduring Reform: Progressive Activism and Private Sector Responses in Latin America’s Democracies” (Pittsburgh 2014); “Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship in Latin America’s Zones of Crisis,” (a forthcoming Special Issue of LARR, 2015); and “Beyond Civil Society: Social Movements, Civic Participation, and Democratic Contestation” (forthcoming, Duke).

Rubin’s current project, “Citizen Subjectivities Reconfigured” examines how social movements, business, and religion have reshaped the ways people understand themselves as citizens and act politically in Latin America’s democracies, with a particular focus on Brazil and Mexico.