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Gerardo Otero

Professor of Sociology 

Associate Member, School for International Studies

PhD (Sociology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA (Latin American Studies, Major in Economics),
University of Texas at Austin
BA (Business Administration), Instituto Technológico
y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Email: otero@sfu.ca
Phone: 778-782-4508
Office location: AQ 5100        Personal Webpage

Research Interests

Political sociology, social movements, rural sociology, political economy of the world system, state-society relations in semiperipheral nations, neoliberal globalism and agricultural biotechnology in Latin America. 

Gerardo Otero is Professor of sociology and an Associate Member of the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University. He is the author or editor of four books—two of them translated into Spanish and published in Mexico by M.A. Porrúa—and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. His latest edited book is Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2008; reissued in 2010). A very revised version of this book is forthcoming in Spanish as La dieta neoliberal in Porrúa. His latest article, co-authored with Gabriela Pechlaner, is “The Political Economy of ‘Food Security’ and Trade: Uneven and Combined Development,” published in 2013 in Rural Sociology. Otero is interested in supervising students working on agrarian and food social movements and the state, or social empowerment from below in Latin America. 

Dr. Otero's books include:

Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Agricultural Biotechnology in Latin America, (editor), University of Texas Press, 2008

Mexico en Transición: Globalismo Neoliberal, Estado Y Sociedad Civil(editor) (Porrúa, 2006) (Spanish version)

Mexico in Transition: Neoliberal Globalism, the State, and Civil Society(editor) (Zed Books, 2004)

¿Adiós al campesinado? Democracia y formación política de las clases en México rural (author) (Porrúa, UAZ and SFU 2004). (Spanish version)

Farewell to the Peasantry? Political Class Formation in Rural Mexico. (author) (Boulder, CO and Oxford: Westview Press, 1999)

Neoliberalism Revisited: Economic Restructuring and Mexico's Political Future (editor) (Westview 1996)


Tinker Visiting Professor Award, Fall 2014 - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Shadbolt Fellowship 2012-2013


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