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, 2015), 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.

Heather Gies, Managing Editor

Heather Gies is a freelance journalist who writes about politics and social issues in Latin America, particularly human rights, inequality, and resource conflicts in Central America. Her writing has appeared in Al Jazeera, In These Times, World Politics Review, The Guardian, The Intercept, National Geographic, and other outlets. Gies previously worked as an editor and writer at teleSUR English in Quito, Ecuador. While completing a Master of Arts in Communication at Simon Fraser University, Gies conducted thesis research on food sovereignty and campesino movements in Honduras. She has continued to cover Honduras’ human rights and political situation, including the recent elections crisis. Gies has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Follow her on Twitter @HeatherGies.

Nestór David Pastor, Outreach Coordinator/ Editorial Assistant

Néstor David Pastor is a writer and translator from Queens, NY. He holds a BA in Spanish from Binghamton University and an MA in Spanish from Queens College. His writing and translations have appeared in Latino USA, The Nation, El Nuevo Día, 80grados, REMEZCLA, and OkayAfrica, among other publications. He is also an Associate Editor for Newtown Literary. His past experience includes working with NPR’s Radio Ambulante, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Follow him on Twitter @ni_soy_pastor

Leo Schwartz, Web Editor

Leo Schwartz is a a graduate student in New York University's Global Journalism program, pursuing dual master's degrees in journalism and Latin American studies, where his research focuses on Mexico and US-Latin American relations more broadly. His work has appeared in NACLA, PBS NewsHour, Deadspin, Roads & Kingdoms, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @LeoMSchwartz.

Board of Directors

Thomas Kruse, Board Chair Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

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)

Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Alejandro Velasco, ex-oficio 

Editorial Committee & Contributing Editors

Alejandro Velasco, Executive Editor

Emily Achtenberg

David Bacon

Dan Beeton

Michelle Chase

Nicole Fabricant

Hilary Goodfriend

Greg Grandin

Bret Gustafson

John L. Hammond

Judith Adler Hellman

Marisol LeBrón

Alex Main

Todd Miller

Joseph Nevins

Urayoán Noel

Dawn Paley

John Lindsay-Poland

Deborah Poole

Gerardo Renique

William I. Robinson

Fred Rosen

Christy Thornton

Kirsten Weld