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 journalist who has written 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. Follow her on Twitter @HeatherGies.

Nestór David Pastor, Outreach Coordinator/ Editorial Assistant

Néstor David Pastor is a writer, editor and translator from Queens, NY. 

Liza Schmidt, Web Editor

Liza Schmidt is a graduate student at New York University, pursuing dual master's degrees in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 

Tiana Ruiz, Development Associate

Tiana Ruiz is a graduate of Baruch College with a major in Political Science and minors in History and Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

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

Dan Beeton

Michelle Chase

Nicole Fabricant

Hilary Goodfriend

Bret Gustafson

Judith Adler Hellman

Marisol LeBrón

Hilda Lloréns

Pablo José López Oro

Alex Main

Todd Miller

Joseph Nevins

Urayoán Noel

Dawn Paley

Keisha-Khan Perry

Deborah Poole

Jayson Porter

Gerardo Renique

William I. Robinson

Christy Thornton