The main event of the conference will be the presentation of Miguel Angel Centeno as keynote speaker.
“Miguel Angel Centeno (http://www.princeton.edu/~cenmiga) is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. From 1997-2004 he also served as Master of Wilson College at Princeton. He has published many books as author or editor including Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico (2nd. 1997), Blood and Debt: War and Statemaking in Latin America (2002), The Other Mirror: Grand Theory and Latin America, (2000), and Essays in Latin American Military History (2006). His latest books are Global Capitalism (Polity 2010) and Discrimination in an Unequal World (Oxford UP 2010). He is currently working on several book projects including: Paper Leviathans: Liberalism in the Iberian World (Penn State Press), and War and Society(Polity). Through the Mapping Globalization project (http://qed.princeton.edu/index.php/MG) he has worked on improving the quantitative scholarship available on globalization. In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides intensive supplemental training for lower income students in three local high schools. For this work, he was recently awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Bonner Foundation Award. From 1980 to 1985 he worked in advertising and private marketing consulting dealing with the US Hispanic Market.
He obtained his BA in History in 1980, his MBA in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1990, all from Yale University. He has received grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and has been a Fulbright scholar in Russia and Mexico. He has also been a Visiting Professor in Buenos Aires, Seoul, and the University of Salamanca. In 1997 he was awarded the Presidential Teaching Prize at Princeton University. In 2005 he was elected to the Sociological Research Association as well as the Comparative Historical Section Council of the ASA”.