Based in part on research in the SSRC’s archives, Jeremy Adelman and Margarita Fajardo chronicle an important moment in both the history of social science and the political economy of Latin America—the Council’s Joint Committee on Latin American Studies' work on the roots of bureaucratic authoritarianism. Through the 1970s, an interdisciplinary network of scholars from across the Americas interrogated the political and economic dimensions of military rule in Latin America. At the same time, insights from Latin American social science both informed the democratic transitions to come and reshaped research agendas in US scholarship.
Margarita Fajardo is an assistant professor of Latin American history and global studies at Sarah Lawrence College. She studied history and economics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and obtained her MA and PhD in history at Princeton University in 2011 and 2015, respectively. She is the coauthor of the article "Between Capitalism and Democracy: A Study in the Political Economy of Ideas in Latin America" published in the Latin American Research Review, and is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The World that Latin America Created: Knowledge and Power in the Development Era.