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WCED Roundtable. Authoritarian Ideologies in the Americas

Marilia Corrêa, assistant professor of history, Baylor University; Ben Cowan, professor of history, University of California, San Diego; Vincent Mauro, WCED postdoctoral fellow, U-M; Jen Triplett, PhD candidate, sociology, U-M
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 1010 Weiser Hall Map
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Authoritarianism is roaring across the Americas, from North to South. This roundtable looks comparatively and historically at the diverse array of ideologies that continue to underlie authoritarianism in the Western Hemisphere, including racism, gender bias, and both the fear of socialism and socialism itself.

Marilia Corrêa is a historian who specializes in Modern Latin America. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985) and its persecution of military officers and soldiers labeled as subversives. She studies how military regimes regulate and restructure sectors not traditionally associated with political or social dissent, and explores how the traumas the dictatorship inflicted onto servicemen altered their sense of belonging in ways that transcended the era of dictatorship.

Ben Cowan received his AB from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from UCLA. His interest in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism led him to focus on Cold War Brazil, with a specialization in the cultural and gender history of the post-1964 era. Dr. Cowan’s first book, Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. Securing Sex won three book awards, including the prestigious Brazil Section Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.

Vincent Mauro is a WCED Postdoctoral Fellow for 2023-2025. He studies comparative politics, and in particular the politics of inequality and redistribution in democracies. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2023. His book project argues that democracy can certainly spark an impetus for redistribution, but representation – particularly in the developing world – is far from given, and redistributive outcomes across democracies are highly dependent on the development of party systems. Utilizing analysis on a variety of income data, as well as two longitudinal cases of Brazil and Colombia based on extensive archival work, he finds that countries with stable multi-party systems are more likely to redistribute income, as well as possess lower levels of inequality, than inchoate counterparts.

Jen Triplett is a qualitative comparative-historical sociologist working in the subfields of political sociology, sociology of culture, gender, collective behavior and social movements, and (increasingly) international migration. She investigates how top-down political projects that link together, or "articulate," disparate social groups into a unifying political identity are facilitated or constrained by the cultural dynamics of boundary-making, identity work, and subject formation that such projects entail. Her dissertation examines how cultural constraints on projects of political articulation change over time and are refracted through key events, such as military, political, or economic crises.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Democracy
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies