Political Scientist Discusses Venezuelan Presidential Race and More

George Ciccariello-Maher

October 1, 2012 — Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Ciccariello-Maher, has divided his scholarly attention in 2012 between contentious issues at home and an anticipated election abroad.  First, Ciccariello-Maher contributed to the Trayvon Martin debate with an article in the journal Theory & Event. His piece considers what it means to “stand one’s ground”—the defense used by George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin.  In addition to this high-profile case, Ciccariello-Maher has focused on the developments of the Occupy Movement, now a worldwide network of activists who rally against social and economic inequality.  He expanded upon his earlier assessments of the movement in a chapter of We Are Many, an anthology of stories and strategies that celebrates the anniversary of Occupy’s first demonstrations in New York.

Ciccariello-Maher has perhaps dedicated the most attention, however, to matters abroad in Venezuela, where he will travel in October.  In the midst of our own U.S. presidential election, Ciccariello-Maher is heading down to observe and write about the Venezuelan presidential contest.  On October 7th, 2012 Venezuela will choose between incumbent socialist President Hugo Chavez and neoliberal capitalist contender Enrique Caprilles Radonski.  The outcome of this election has global implications and could change the course of Venezuelan nationalism.  Ciccariello-Maher has written extensively about the political history leading up to this moment.  His forthcoming book, We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution has already made Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” list.

****Ciccariello-Maher will be available for interviews in the U.S. through October 3, and will then be traveling to Venezuela from October 4-15, where he will be available by email, phone and satellite.****

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