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.

Laura Weiss, Managing Editor

Laura Weiss previously served as NACLA's Web Editor and Editorial Assistant. She holds a Masters’ degree from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU where she focused on U.S. policy in Mexico and human rights violations in the context of the drug war. Previously, Laura worked as the Latin American Rights and Security Fellow at the Center for International Policy. She has been published in The Nation, In These Times, World Politics Review, Latino USA, NACLA, TruthOut, and Huffington Post. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature in 2013. 

Jacquelyn Kovarik, Web and Editorial Assistant

Jacquelyn Kovarik is currently a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow at NYU, where she is studying Quechua and pursuing a dual Masters’ degree from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her research and reporting focuses on contemporary social change in Bolivia and Peru, with an emphasis on transitional justice and initiatives for well-being and resilience in Andean and Amazonian communities. She has written for Latino USA, the Latin American News Dispatch, Latino Rebels, The New Republic, and Bedford + Bowery. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society and a Concentration in Latin American Studies in 2017.  

Heather Gies, at-large Assistant Editor

Heather Gies is a freelance journalist who writes mostly about politics and human rights issues in Central America. Her writing has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, NACLA, National Geographic, and other outlets. Follow her on Twitter @HeatherGies.

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