María Isabel Puerta Riera
I am an adjunct professor of Political Science, teaching U.S. Government, State, and Local Government and International Politics at Valencia College.
I was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Valencia College from July 2021 to May 2022.
I am a Research Fellow at GAPAC, currently working on Sharp Power in Latin America and the effects of authoritarianism and illiberalism in exiled communities.
I am the Chair of the LASA Section on Venezuela Studies (2022-2024).
I was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Universidad de Carabobo. I taught for 18 years, chaired Public Management, and coordinated the Research Group on Politics and Institutions.
My research focuses on democratic backsliding and authoritarian and populist experiences in Latin America. My first book, The debate between the models of representative and participatory democracy. Theoretical, conceptual elements., recounts the theoretical foundations of democracy and the transition from the representative to the participative model in Venezuela. My second book, Institutions and State in Venezuela. Chronicles of the Venezuelan institutional crisis, reflect on the democratic erosion in Venezuela under the rule of Hugo Chávez. My most recent book, Crisis de la democracia: ¿en el umbral de la posdemocracia?, explores the theoretical discussion on the crisis of democracy.
My research interests are democratic backsliding, hybrid regimes, authoritarianism, illiberalism, populism, and immigration in Latin America. My teaching interests are comparative politics, Latin American politics, comparative democratization, international politics, and immigration.
I have published articles on the influence of Russian-state media in Latin America with Johanna Cilano; Chinese authoritarian influence in Latin America with Armando Chaguaceda; effectiveness of economic sanctions; populism, and autocratization under the pandemic; analyzed the Colombian government’s strategy against Nicolás Maduro, with Omar Ocampo; political models and participation in Latin America, with Armando Chaguaceda; Venezuela’s crisis of democracy; authoritarian decay in Venezuela, with Armando Chaguaceda; the crisis of democracy in political theory; Venezuelan hybrid regime, with Armando Chaguaceda, communal councils in Venezuela, the crisis of democracy and representation in Venezuela.
My work has been published in: Democracy Paradox, NACLA, PROGRAMA CUBA, Foro Cubano Revista de divulgación, Revista Demo AmLat, Democracia Actual, Development, Diálogo Político, Revista Espiral, Revista Mexicana de Análisis y Administración Pública, Revista Observatorio Laboral.
I received a Doctorate in Social Sciences and an M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela.
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