Lois Wasserspring


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Political Science
B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Princeton University
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 229

Lois Wasserspring
Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Fascinated by the richness and complexity of Latin American culture and politics.

I have both traveled widely and lived extensively in Latin America, with particular research interest in Mexico, where I have been both a Ford Foundation Fellow and a Professora Visitante at El Colegio de Mexico, and Cuba. As a student of comparative politics, I've been broadly interested in issues of Third World development, socialization, political culture, and political participation.

Most recently, my research has focused on issues of gender and the development process. I am currently engaged in two research projects, one analyzing the impact of the Cuban Revolution upon women's lives, and the other focusing upon women artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the inter-connections between gender and poverty in Mexican rural development. My book Oaxacan Ceramics; Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women was published in 2000.

I am co-director of Wellesley's Latin American Studies program. During my sabbatical leave in 1997-98, I was a visiting research associate at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.