Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
Born in Mexico City in 1953, Dr. Castañeda received undergraduate degrees from both Princeton University and Université de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), an M.A. from Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes, Paris I, and his Ph.D. in the history of economics from the University of Paris.
He has taught at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM), Princeton, and Berkeley. Dr. Castañeda was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1985–87), and was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation research and writing grant recipient (1989–1991).
Among his many books are Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War (1993), The Mexican Shock (1995), Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (1997), and Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen (2000).
Dr. Castañeda is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Reforma, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek International.
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Last Updated: May 14, 2012