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Sherrie Baver

Associate Professor of Political Science

School/Division

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Department

Political Science

Affiliated Departments

International Relations

Office

NAC 6/108

p: 212-650-7491

e: sbaver@gc.cuny.edu

  • Profile

    Professor Baver received her Ph.D. from Columbia University (1979). She has served as the Director of the CCNY Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She has written Political Economy of Colonialism: The State and Industrialization in Puerto Rico (Praeger, 1993) and co-edited Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition  (Notre Dame University Press, 1996). In 2006, she co-edited (with Barbara D. Lynch), Beyond Sun and Sand: Caribbean Environmentalisms (Rutgers University Press). Her present research focuses on environmental justice/environmental democracy in Latin America. Professor Baver has received various CUNY awards and two Fulbrights to Latin America.

  • Courses Taught

    23000: Contemporary Comparative Politics The basic problems of comparing different types of political systems and their institutions. Specific examples are taken from American, western European and the Communist experience, as well as from cases drawn from the developing world. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    23600: Latin American Political Systems Contemporary political systems in selected countries. Emphasis upon the cultural environments, constitutional foundations, and practices, political and administrative patterns, political instability and revolution, the role of the family, church, army, intellectual and caudillo, and the relations of these governments with each other and the world. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    24500: Caribbean Politics The course will focus on key actors and institutions shaping contemporary Caribbean politics and policy. Of particular importance will be the role of those actors and institutions, both domestic and transnational, in shaping development in the region. Case studies will be drawn from several islands to maximize the comparative nature of the course. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    35500: Environmental Politics; Comparative and Global Perspectives Examines the rise of environmental consciousness and the key actors and institutions in environmental politics and policymaking at the domestic level. In particular such issues as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity, deforestation, and the links between environment and economic development are addressed. Latin America contains much of the planet’s rainforests and biodiversity, hence has a great concern for “green” environmental issues. It is also urbanizing at a rapid rate and must address the “brown” environmental issues associated with rapid city growth and industrialization. Many of the cases read and examples cited during the course are drawn from Latin American context. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

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