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.

Martha Pskowski, Web Editor

Martha Pskowski is a graduate student at New York University, pursuing dual master's degrees in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her research focuses on food sovereignty and environmental justice. She previously worked as a freelance reporter in Mexico and Central America, publishing with outlets including CityLab, The Nation, The Guardian, and Undark. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and is a former Fulbright-García Robles fellow. Follow her on Twitter at @psskow.

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

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

Deborah Poole

Gerardo Renique

William I. Robinson

Fred Rosen

Christy Thornton

Kirsten Weld