PhD Candidate in History, UC San Diego
Residency: September 2013 – June 2014
“Wheels of Government: The Alianza de Camioneros and the Political Culture of PRI Rule, 1929-1981”
Michael Lettieri is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego. He received a BA in History and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Prior to beginning his PhD, he worked as a Research Fellow at the council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. and maintains an active interest in contemporary Latin American politics. His research focuses on the informal mechanisms of PRI rule using a case study of the public transportation industry. Through this, he examines the central role intermediaries and mid-level political actors played in sustaining the soft-authoritarian system. He has received several awards from UC San Diego research centers. Support for this project was made possible through the Fullbright-Hays grant.