Gerardo Otero

Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas

Gerardo Otero, a political economist and sociologist born and raised in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, is Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University and Adjunct Professor in the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM, 1975), an M.A. in Latin American Studies, with a major in Economics, from the University of Texas at Austin (1977) and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. Dr. Otero has held a faculty appointment at Simon Fraser University since 1990. In Mexico, Dr. Otero taught economics at ITESM and sociology at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in 1977, anthropology at the Autonomous University of Puebla from 1980 to 1983, and sociology at the University of Guadalajara from 1987 to 1990. He was a postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego in 1986-1987, and a visiting faculty in Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989-1990. He was associate professor of sociology at Tulane University in 2001, and a visiting professor in the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in 2003-2004, where he continues his affiliation as an adjunct professor. Dr. Otero has published dozens of articles in edited collections and scholarly journals. He has also authored and edited several books in English and Spanish.

  • Mexico in Transition

    Neoliberal Globalism, the State and Civil Society

    Edited by Gerardo Otero     December 2004

    This book is a rich source of evidence of what happens to an economy, its people and natural resources as neoliberal policies take hold. It covers the effects on peasants; the impact on wages, trade unions and women workers; the emergence of new social movements how the environment, especially biodiversity, has become a target; the impacts of the NAFTA agreement; the political issue of migration to the United States; and the complicated intersections of economic and political liberalization.