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  • Polson Institute
  • Polson Institute for Global Development
  • global development
  • Department of Global Development

Polson Institute for Global Development Seminar

Bolivia’s 2019 presidential election led to a huge upheaval and radically different perceptions on whether the political dynamics at play represented a fraudulent election or a classic coup d'état to unseat a popular president and repress his Party’s supporters. In this talk, Dr. Healy will unpack the major evidence marshaled by each side of this debate and provide relevant historical context for the clashing perceptions. The talk will also reflect on what might account for the unprecedented divide between critical analysts within Bolivia and those abroad over these contested narratives, and their consequences for Bolivia's body politic.

About the presenter

Kevin Healy received his BA in Government from the University of Notre Dame, his Masters in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in  Peru and worked with the Catholic University of Paraguay as a social science advisor on a contract with Georgetown University.  For various decades, Healy  worked as a grant officer of the Inter-American Foundation(IAF). Healy has also taught on Latin American grassroots development, drug trafficking and indigenous social movements as an adjunct professor  at Georgetown University and George Washington University.  Healy is the author of Caciques y Patrones, Una Experiencia de Desarrollo Rural en el Sud de Bolivia based upon his dissertation at Cornell and  Llamas,Weavings and Organic Chocolate, Multicultural Grassroots Development in the Andes and Amazon of Bolivia, which features grassroots development success stories with which he had worked with and followed.

Date & Time

April 28, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Kevin Healy, Polson Institute Visiting Faculty


Department of Global Development

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