Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds the B.A. in Politics from Princeton University (1980) and the Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986), where he also taught in the same department from 1988 to 1995. He has published widely on the issues of democratization and the strengthening of civil society, particularly in Mexico. This research has been supported with grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Heinz Foundation, and the North-South Center. His most recent work focuses on the roles of multinational and non-governmental organizations in this process. He has published in such journals as World Development, Revista Mexicana de Sociología, World Politics, and the Journal of Development Studies.
He is the author of The Politics of Food in Mexico: State Power and Social Mobilization (1992), and editor or co-editor of The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank. NGOs and Grassroots Movements (forthcoming); Transforming State-Society Relations in Mexico: The National Solidarity Strategy (1994); and The Challenge of Rural Democratization: Perspectives From Latin America and the Philippines (1990).