I am often asked to share my expertise on Latin America with the news media. Here are some recent newspaper articles and radio programs that have quoted or featured me.
On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" (October 11, 2019) hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Dr. Marc Becker, author and professor of Latin American history at Truman State University to talk about the fierce protests spurred by the ongoing political and economic crisis in Ecuador, the relationship between President Moreno and the IMF, and what can be learned from the indigenous-led movements in the country.
"Should Congress Give Venezuelans Protected Status?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, February 8, 2019.
"What Is Behind Ecuador’s Latest Anti-Graft Effort?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, January 19, 2018.
"What Is Behind Venezuela’s Pursuit of Former Officials?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, December 13, 2017.
"What Do Sandinista Election Victories Mean for Nicaragua?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, November 21, 2017.
"Will Ecuadoreans Support Amending the Constitution?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, October 17, 2017.
"How Should Int’l Actors Respond to Venezuela’s Crisis?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, August 18, 2017.
"Are Graft Cases Increasing Political Risk in Ecuador?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, July 14, 2017.
"Can Ecuador Rein in Spending and Assure Investors?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, June 12, 2017.
Kayla Perkins, "Marxian economist shares capitalism critique," Truman State University Index, March 30, 2017, 6.
Kira Hintz, "Black Lives Matter Class Explores Social Movement," Truman State University Index, March 23, 2017, 5, 7/
"Who Has the Edge Ahead of Ecuador’s Presidential Vote?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, February 17, 2017.
World in Focus | Radio Sputnik UK, February 1, 2017.
KPFA-FM, November 29, 2016.
Gonzalo Solano and Raphael Satter, "Ecuador: We have 'temporarily restricted' Assange's internet," AP Top News, October 19, 2016.
Michael Levenson, "WikiLeaks says Kerry pressured Ecuador on leaks; State Dept. denies," Boston Globe, October 18, 2016.
"Is Ecuador’s Ruling Party Likely to Hold the Presidency?," Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, October 18, 2016.
"Cartoon a poor choice to reflect equality debate," Courier (Freeman, SD), May 12, 2016.
Paige Yungermann, "Truman hosts first Social Justice Leadership Summit," Truman State University Index, April 21, 2016, 8.
Historians Reject Measure Criticizing Israel (Inside Higher Ed, January 11, 2016)
"Letter to the editor," AHA Perspectives on History 53, no. 7 (October 2015): 5-6.
"Protests in Ecuador," América Otherwise, WBIA, August 17, 2015.
"Will Protests Force Ecuador’s Correa to Backtrack?" Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, August 10, 2015.
"The FBI in Ecuador in the 1940s," Interviews from Quito, Telesur, July 31, 2015.
"A 25 años del levantamiento indígena de 1990," Radio Platinum (Noticiero Ecuadoradio), Quito, Ecuador, June 4, 2015.
"Are Correa's Actions Stifling Public Debate in Ecuador?" Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, March 3, 2015.
Lucas Meyrer, “Campus discusses Ferguson protests,” Truman State University Index, October 2, 2014, 1, 3.
“La Gloriosa, una chispa revolucionaria,” El Telégrafo (Quito), May 28, 2014, 27.
"Talking nonsense," In These Times 38, no. 5 (May 2014): 2.
"What Do Opposition Electoral Gains Mean for Ecuador?" Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, March 11, 2014.
Elizabeth Koch, “Finding Your Inner Voice,” Harry 2, no. 1 (2013): 18-21.
"What Will Rafael Correa's 'Steamroller' Bring Ecuador?" Latin America Advisor, February 28, 2013.
"Correa and Ecuador’s Left: An Interview with Marc Becker," interview by Paul Gottinger on White Rose Reader, February 12, 2013, reprinted on Upside Down World and excerpted on Counterpunch.
"Will Correa Coast to Victory in Ecuador's 2013 Elections?" By Walter Spurrier, Michael Shifter, Marc Becker, and Andrés Mejía Acosta. Latin America Advisor, December 3, 2012.
Chris Brown, "Professor employs unusual methods," Index (Truman State University), November 15, 2012, 12.
"Is Ecuador On the Brink of a 'Perfect Dictatorship'?" By Gustavo Jalkh, Osvaldo Hurtado, Adrián Bonilla, Christopher Sabatini, Marc Becker. Latin America Advisor, May 25, 2011.
"Ecuador’s Recent Referendum Vote," Latin America Current Events & News, May 18, 2011.
Irene Caselli, "Ecuador President Rafael Correa loses indigenous allies," BBC, April 19, 2011.
Alex Carlson, "Film offers alternative teachings," Index (Truman State University), April 14, 2011, 12.
Was There a Failed Coup Attempt in Ecuador?, Uprising, KPFK, Pacific Radio in Los Angeles, October 4, 2010.
Harald Neuber, "Erneuter Putschversuch in Lateinamerika," Telepolis, October 1, 2010.
Jennifer Lewis, "All Eyes On: Marc Becker," Index (Truman State University), February 4, 2010, 11.
Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the illegal coup against the constitutionally elected government of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras (July 9, 2009).
Quoted in Joshua Rhett Miller, "Book Chavez Gave to Obama Is Used as Core Text on Many College Campuses," FOX News, April 24, 2009.
Quoted in STAND looks to end genocide, Index (Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, February 26, 2009).
Protesters seek privileged status, Letter to the Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisc, September 18, 2008).
Ecuador to Evict US from Military Base, Uprising, KPFK, Pacific Radio in Los Angeles, December 17, 2007.
Stories on Venezuelan TV station misleading, Letter to Editor of the The Capital Times (Madison, Wisc, June 2-3, 2007).
"Book lists professor among 'dangerous,'" The Index (Truman State University), March 2, 2006.
Professor lives political turbulency, by Mary Ann Macombie (Index, Truman State University, October 2, 2003).
Insatiable curiosity leads professor to Nicaragua, by Katrina Reschly (New Media Index, Truman State University, December 6, 2001).
Faculty Spotlight -- This month we feature Marc Becker and his innovative uses of the new Blackboard software. (Instructional Technology and Training, Gettysburg College, February 1999 Newsletter).
"If Indian cultures are incapable of incorporating new technologies, that might mean that they have become stagnant and are dying," an e-mail conversation with Marc Becker on zum Thema: Nr. 24, 30.12.1998; special issue on "Die Landlosen der Cyberwelt: 'Entwicklungshilfe' Internet?"
You can read my comments on the Puerto Rico statehood question in this article ISU professors expect American territory to vote down statehood from the Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL, March 6, 1998).
Local newspapers also reported on our trip to Chiapas, Mexico.