NACLA People


Alejandro Velasco, Executive Editor

Alejandro Velasco is the Executive Editor at The NACLA Report on the Americas. He is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2005), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. Before joining the Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. Professor Velasco’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others, and he has presented widely at both national and international conferences and symposia.

Joshua Frens-String, Managing Editor

Joshua Frens-String is the managing editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from NYU in 2015. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Open Society Institute’s Latin America program and with the Chile and Cuba Documentation Projects at the National Security Archive. He has served as the managing editor of the Radical History Review. He will soon start as Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Laura Weiss, Editorial Assistant/Web Editor

Laura Weiss is the Web Editor/ Editorial Assistant at NACLA. She is also a Master’s student at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. Previously, Laura worked as the Latin American Rights and Security Fellow at the Center for International Policy.  She has also served as NACLA’s production intern, and as a translator with the Buenos Aires-based human rights NGO La Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y Justicia. She has written for The Huffington Post, NACLA Report on the Americas, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Security Assistance Monitor, and TruthOut. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2013.

Sam Kellogg, Fundraising and Events Coordinator

Sam Kellogg is Outreach and Events Coordinator at NACLA, as well as a Master's student at NYU's Media, Culture, and Communications department. He previously served as NACLA's social media coordinator. He pursues research and activism at the intersection of social movement building and media technology, and published his first scholarly work in Teknokultura. He graduated with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in 2012, 

Helen Hazelwood-Isaac, Editorial Assistant

Helen Hazelwood-Isaac produces NACLA's quarterly podcast and is a doctoral student in History at NYU. She gradated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2014.

Board of Directors

Thomas Kruse, Board Chair Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Roque Planas, Associate Editor, Huffington Post

Pierre LaRamée Executive Director, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)

Marcial Godoy-Anativia Managing Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Jill Lane Director, NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Stuart Rockefeller Instructor, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University

Christy Thornton Assistant Professor of History, Rowan University

Editorial Committee & Contributing Editors

Alejandro Velasco, Executive Editor

Emily Achtenberg

David Bacon

Dan Beeton

Nicole Fabricant

Greg Grandin

Bret Gustafson

Linda Farthing

John L. Hammond

Judith Adler Hellman

Alex Main

Todd Miller

Joseph Nevins

Urayoán Noel

John Lindsay-Poland

Deborah Poole

Seemin Qayum

Gerardo Renique

William I. Robinson

Fred Rosen

Christy Thornton

Kirsten Weld