Pascal Lupien

Pascal Lupien

Pascal Lupien is a political scientist and teaches social science and methods courses in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. Dr. Lupien’s primary research interests revolve around democratic governance, civil society, the impact of public participation on policy and the factors that enhance or diminish the capacity of social movement groups to engage in effective interest representation. His previous research examined the impact of indigenous social movements on integrating indigenous rights into the constitutional reform process in Bolivia and Ecuador.  His upcoming book, Citizens’ Power in Latin America: Theory and Practice, looks at how local communities in Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile use participatory democracy mechanisms to pursue collective social development goals. His current project considers the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on the capacity of indigenous civil society groups to represent and pursue the interests of their constituents and how indigenous organizations can most effectively use ICTs to advance the social and economic development goals of their communities.

Teaching Interests:

  • LACS*6030 - Globalization & Insecurity in the Americas
  • LACS*6070 - Civil Society & Activism in Latin America
  • POLS*3670 - Public Policy & Administration in Comparative Perspective
  • LACS*6000 - Research Methods