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Office Hours - Fall 2012
Monday 3:30-4:30 pm
Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm

Emily Acevedo

Political Science

Office: E & T A529
Phone: 3-2243
Fax: 3-6452


I am a native Californian, born and raised in Boyle Heights. I have taught at the University level since 1999. I joined the Political Science department at CSULA in the Fall of 2008 and affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program where I teach Special Topic courses on Latin America (POLS 451) and Central America and the Caribbean (POLS 456).



I teach a wide variety of courses in World Politics, Model United Nations, Foundation of Global Politics, International Poltiical Economy (undergraduate and graduate courses), Latin American Politics (undergraduate and graduate) and Central American & the Caribbean. TOP

I am also the faculty adviser for the Model United Nations program at CSULA. Students who participate in this program will learn the structure, history and mission of the United Nations in POLS 420A. Additionally, students will learn how to prepare for the role of ambassador to the United Nations, as well as how to accurately represent the issues from the perspective of the country you will represent in POLS 420B. Those students who are currently enrolled, and in good academic standing in both POLS 420A and POLS 420B will attend the National Model United Nations conference in New York. This program is open to all CSULA undergraduate students, irrespective of your major.

Our Model UN program is very strong and since I started in Fall 2008, we have had the privilege of representing Cuba, Turkey, Spain, and most recently Belgium. Our student delegates have been recognized for their Outstanding Position Papers and their performance as delegates at the conference.


My dissertation examined the political, social, and economic environment that shaped the Zapatista movement. My research identified several reasons to account for the longevity of the Zapatista movement: a changed political opportunity structure in Mexico, a stronger civil society, and the EZLN’s capacity to foster a solidarity network of transnational advocacy networks and develop connections at the domestic and international level.



Title Date
"Overcoming the Fear of Writing Research Papers: Facilitating and Engaging Student Abilities." Presentation at the 15th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, April 13-14, 2012 2012
"Mexico’s Drug War: Grappling with the Ghosts of the PRI." Paper Presentation at Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies, March 22-24, 2012, Washington, D.C. 2012
Roundtable: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation about Rights, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, CA, October 28-29, 2011 2011
Change in the Middle East and U.S. Responses: Promises, Pitfalls, and Possibilities.” American Communities Program Roundtable Discussion at California State University, Los Angeles, May 3, 2011 2011
“Mexican Revolution” Latin American Studies Roundtable Discussion at California State University, Los Angeles, September 16, 2010 2010
Mexico's Progress Report on Indigenous Identity and Inclusion: Milestones and Shortcomings of the Mexican Revolution, Paper Presentation at Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies, March 26-27, 2010, Baltimore, MD 2010
"California Latino Politics: The Fight for Inclusion-Then and Now," California Journal of Politics and Policy: Vol. 1 : Iss. 1, Article 26. 2009



Ph.D. Political Science 2008

M.A. International Political Economy 1999

B.A. Political Science 1992



Course Course Title Day & Time Room Quarter
POLS 420A Model United Nations Monday-Wednesday 1:30-3:10pm KH D2074 Fall 2012
POLS/ECON 426 International Political Economy Monday-Wednesday 9:50-11:30pm SH-C246 Fall 2012
POLS 451 Latin American Politics

Tuesday 6:10-10pm

SH-C246 Fall 2012


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