Founder Roger Burbach


Roger Burbach
(June 18, 1944 – March 5, 2015)


Center for the Study of the Americas
2288 Fulton St. Suite 103
Berkeley, CA 94704

Blog Entries Roger Burbach


Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire, (Zed Books and Palgrave Press, (2004) Co-authored with Jim Tarbell.

The Pinochet Affair: State Terrorism and Global Justice, (Zed Books and Transnational Institute, Fall, 2003).

September 11 and the U.S. War: Beyond the Curtain of Smoke, (San Francisco, Freedom Voices Press and City Lights Publishers, 2002), Co-edited with Ben Clarke.

Globalization and Postmodern Politics: Zapatistas Versus High Tech Robber Barons, (London: Pluto Press, January, 2001).

Globalize This! The Battle Against the World Trade Organization, (Monroe, ME, Common Courage Press, 2000) Edited with Kevin Danaher.

Globalization and Its Discontents (London: Pluto Press, 1997), Co-authored with Orlando Nunez and Boris Kagarlitsky.

Fire in the Americas, (London: Verso Press, 1987), Co-authored with Orlando Nunez.

Listen Companero, Interviews with Central American Revolutionary Leaders, Berkeley, CENSA, 1985.

The Politics of Intervention: The United States in Central America, (New York: Monthly Review/CENSA, 1984) Written and Edited with Patricia Flynn.

Agribusiness in the Americas, (New York: Monthly Review, 1980), Co-authored with Patricia Flynn.


“Chile’s Bachelet Refuses to Budge in Washington,” The Guardian of London, June 9, 2006.

“Morales Government Tackles Agrarian Reform,”ALAI, America Latina en Movimiento, May 22, 2006.

“Morales is Taking Bolivia Out of the Shadow of the US,” The Guardian of London, May 8, 2006.

“Bolivia’s Morales Deftly Keeps Enemies at Bay While Pushing Reforms,” Pacific News Service, February 9, 2006.

“Bachelet Victory in Chile,” Z Magazine, January 16, 2006.

“Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: Argentina Challenges International Finance Capital,” The New Internationalist, December, 2004.

“Lula’s Brazil: Facing a Financial Time Bomb and the War,” Third World Resurgence, Issue No. 149-50, Malaysia, January/February, 2003.

“Will Lula Sell Out?” Connection to the Americas, Minneapolis, October 2002.

“Financial Down: The Abyss in Argentina,” Global Outlook, Montreal, October, 2002.

“September 11 and the US War: Bush’s Disastrous Campaign Against Terrorism,” with Ben Clarke, Redress Information and Analysis, London, September, 2002.

“Lula’s Brazil: Another World is Possible,” Red Pepper, London, August, 2002.

“September 11: A Day of Infamy in the US and Chile,” in September 11 and the U.S. War, Eds., Roger Burbach and Ben Clarke, (San Francisco, Freedom Voices Press, 2001).

“North America: The New Politics of Protest,” in Anti-Capitalism: A Guide to the Movement, Eds. Emma Bircham and John Charlton (London & Sydney, Bookmarks Publications, 2001).

“Globalizing Human Rights: Pinochet Case Shatters Impunity of Former Dictators,” October, 2000, Pacific News Service, and Spotlight at

“Pinochet and the Amnesia of the U.S. Press,” MEDIAFile, May/June, 1999.

“The Fin de Siecle Debate: Globalization as Epochal Shift” Science & Society, Spring, 1999, Co-authored with William Robinson.

“The (Un)defining of Postmodern Marxism: On Smashing Modernization and Narrating New Social and Economic Actors” Rethinking Marxism, Spring, 1998.

“Socialism is Dead, Long Live Socialism” NACLA Report on the Americas, (November-December), 1997.

“Chiapas and the Crisis of Mexican Agriculture” Policy Brief, Institute for Food and Development Policy, Food First, (December, 1994). Co-authored with Peter Rosset.

“Roots of the Postmodern Rebellion in Chiapas,” New Left Review, No. 205, (May-June, 1994).

“Russia’s Upheaval,” Monthly Review, Vol. 44, No. 9, (February, 1993).

“The Tragedy of American Democracy,” in Low Intensity Democracy:

Political Power in the New World Order, London: Pluto Press, 1993.

“Ruptured Frontiers: The Transformation of the U.S. Latin American

System,” in New World Order? Socialist Register, 1992, London: Merlin

Press, 1992

“Capitalist Restoration in Czechoslovakia,” Monthly Review, Vol. 42, No.

11, (April, 1991).

“Central America: The End of U.S. Hegemony?” Monthly Review, Vol. 33, no. 8 (January, 1982).

“Nicaragua: The Course of the Revolution,” Monthly Review, Vol 31. No.

8, (January, 1980).

“Nicaragua’s Revolution,” NACLA’s Report on the Americas (May-June, 1980) Co-authored with Tim Draimin.

“Cargill: Harvest of Profits,” The Progressive, (June, 1976).


Editor of Pluto Press Series on Globalization

Writer for Pacific News Service

Former Editor of Monthly Review/CENSA Series on the America

Editor, CENSA’s Strategic Reports, 1986-1990

NACLA Editorial Board, 1981-2001

Contributor to Collier’s Encyclopedia on Latin American issues


PH.D., History, Indiana University, 1975: Majored in Latin American history with minors in Economics and U.S. History

M.A. History, Case Western Reserve University, 1969: Majored in Latin American history and minored in Classical Greek history.

B.A. History, St. Norbert College, 1965.


1980-2015 Director of Research and Publication for the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA) based in Berkeley.

1998-2007 Visiting Scholar, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

1980-2006 Member of Editorial Board, NACLA, North American Congress on Latin America.

2002-2003 Visiting Professor, Doctoral Seminar, University of Santiago, Chile.

1991-1998 Visiting Scholar, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

1998 Visiting Lecturer, Sonoma State University, Department of History.

1987-1991 Instructor and Visiting Scholar, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Principal Course Title: History of War and Peace Movements in Twentieth Century America.

1987 Stringer in Central America for the San Francisco Chronicle.

1973-1980 Staff Member and Writer, NACLA, North American Congress on Latin America in Berkeley and New York.

1972-1973 Research Director and Instructor at CESO, Centro de Estudios Socio-Economicos in Santiago, Chile.

1970-1971 Associate Instructor at Indiana University

1966-1968 Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru


Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Chile and Peru, 1971-1973.

Ford Foundation grant to study in Spain, 1970

Social Sciences Research Council, Participated in ongoing seminar in 1983-1984 on Transitional Societies in the Third World sponsored by SSRC.

Recipient of Carlos Fonseca Award for writing Democracia y Revolucion, Agenda para un Debate.


The New School, New York

New York University

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of New Hampshire

University of Washington, Seattle

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Berkeley

Stanford University

University of Oregon, Eugene

California State University, Los Angeles

San Francisco State University

Sonoma State University

Chico State University

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

University of Nicaragua, Managua

Central American University, Managua

Central American University, San Salvador


Speaking and reading fluency in Spanish.

Reading fluency in Portuguese, French and German.