The Authors

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Jeffrey W. Rubin is Associate Professor of History and Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.  He is the author of Decentering the Regime:  Ethnicity, Radicalism, and Democracy in Juchitán, Mexico and co-author of Sustaining Activism.

Jeff has published widely on Mexican and Brazilian politics, Latin American social movements, business responses to progressive reform, and the religious dimensions of grassroots activism.  He received a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant, a Fulbright Fellowship and a grant from the American Philosophical Society for his work on Sustaining Activism.  Jeff has held visiting research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, The Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

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Emma Sokoloff-Rubin’s work on Latin America has appeared in The NationThe Atlantic OnlineGuernica DailyMs. MagazineThe Huffington PostReutersThe Christian Science Monitor, and The Yale Globalist. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 and was awarded Yale’s John Hersey Prize in Journalism and a Howland Fellowship in Research and Public Serivce.

Emma has changed time zones often over the past few years. She ran an outreach program for a legal aid center along the US-Mexico Border in South Texas, facilitated a ropes course for teenagers from the Middle East and South Asia at Seeds of Peace International Camp, and spent a year in Buenos Aires researching how Argentine students learn, think, and talk—or don’t talk—about the dictatorship that ruled their country in the decades before they were born. She currently reports for GothamSchools in New York City.

Contact: emmasr (at)