Skip to main content Menu Menu

Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics

Login   |   Signup

Challenging Business: Progressive Reform and Private Sector Responses in India and Latin America

Jeffrey Rubin and Suzanne Katzenstein
October 27th, 2015
1:00 PM


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Forum for Scholars and Publics, Old Chem 011


Light lunch served

Join us for a discussion with interdisciplinary scholars Jeffrey Rubin (Boston University) and Suzanne Katzenstein (Duke University) about the relationship between progressive political reform and the conduct of business in Latin America and India. Moderated by Professor Jocelyn Olcott of Duke University, this discussion will offer an opportunity to draw from geographically-specific case studies to identify more general patterns and processes of engagement between progressive political movements and private-sector businesses.

Read more about Rubin's work here.

Professor Rubin's visit to Duke is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Comparative Studies, the Global Brazil Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Department of History.

(Rubin will participate in two other discussions during his visit to Duke. On Monday, Oct. 26, at 1:45, he'll talk with undergraduates about Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration, a book he co-authored with his daughter, Emma Sokoloff-Rubin. And on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 pm, he'll present on his book, Enduring Reform. More information for those events can be found on the linked Duke Events Calendar listings.)

Suzanne Katzenstein

Duke University

Suzanne Katzenstein is a Research Scholar and the Project Director at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her current research analyzes government use of different economic and legal strategies to protect national security and promote human rights. Most recently, Suzanne was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. At Kenan, Suzanne teaches classes on human rights and is working to advance new human rights programming with a special focus on cultivating global partnerships. Suzanne has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Jeffrey Rubin

Boston University

Jeffrey Rubin is Associate Professor of History and a Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. Rubin’s work is ethnographic, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and transnational. He is co-editor of Enduring Reform:  Progressive Activism and Private Sector Responses in Latin America’s Democracies (Pittsburgh 2015), a project that brought together teams of Latin America- and U.S.-based researchers to study the responses of businesspeople to progressive reform initiatives in five Latin American cities.; Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship in Latin America’s Zones of Crisis, (a Special Issue of The Latin American Research Review, 2014), which grew out of a series of four international conferences involving social movement scholars and scholars of religionand Beyond Civil Society:  Social Movements, Civic Participation, and Democratic Contestation (Duke, forthcoming 2016), the result of a hemisphere-wide collaboration among social movement scholars that compares disruptive activism “in the streets” with engagement in the participatory institutions developed by Latin America’s leftist governments

Jocelyn Olcott

Duke University

Jocelyn Olcott is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Mexico. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s.  Her second book, International Women’s Year:  The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Spring 2017).  Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press.  The book follows Michel's life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought — from late-nineteenth-century liberalism to revolutionary nationalism, populism, modernization theory, dependency theory, and neoliberalism.