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.

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. Previously, Laura worked as the Latin American Rights and Security Fellow at the Center for International Policy. She has written for The Nation, The Huffington Post, World Politics Review, Foreign Policy in Focus, and TruthOut. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2013.

Sam Kellogg, Outrach Coordinator and Editorial Assistant

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 concerning internet infrastructure, digital media, and imperialism in the Caribbean, and has published in Teknokultura and Beyond the Sugar Curtain. He graduated with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in 2012.

Lauren Kaori Gurley, Web and Editorial Assistant

Lauren Kaori Gurley is a master's student in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Journalism at NYU. Her work has been published in The American Prospect, Salon, In These Times, AlterNet, TruthOut, and The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Comparative Literature in 2015.

Helen Hazelwood-Isaac, Podcast Coordinator

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

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)

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

Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Editorial Committee & Contributing Editors

Alejandro Velasco, Executive Editor

Emily Achtenberg

David Bacon

Dan Beeton

Nicole Fabricant

Hilary Goodfriend

Greg Grandin

Bret Gustafson

John L. Hammond

Judith Adler Hellman

Marisol Lebron

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