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Robert Andrew Cavooris
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 429
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness
  • Courses HISC 140B: Theories of Populism, HISC 130: Marxist Theory in Latin America

Summary of Expertise

As a political theorist, I study the constitution of political subjectivities, the relationship between class politics and popular sovereignty, and issues of organization, coalition, and alliance-building in contexts defined by the nexus of imperialism, capitalism, and indigeneity. My dissertation research explores several approaches from the history of the Latin American left to the issue of constituent power – the questions of who has the power to constitute a political collective and on what terms – from the 1950s to the present, with a special emphasis on the history of Bolivia. I parse these discussions in the history of Latin American political thought to show how Marxist theories of class composition, especially facing the apparent lack of an industrial proletariat, open onto contemporary political theoretical debates on popular sovereignty.

Research Interests


Latin American political thought, contemporary critical theory, Marxism, history of the Latin American pink tide, populism, democracy, history of political thought

Selected Publications


2018 “Rethinking Knowledge and Difference in Latin America’s Insurgent Moment: On Sousa Santos and García Linera.” The Journal of Historical Materialism. doi: 10.1163/1569206X-12341559


2017 “Clase, capitalismo, y contingencia nacional en la obra de René Zavaleta.” Trabajos y comunicaciones [Argentina] 46. doi: 10.24215/23468971e044


2017 “Intellectuals and Political Strategy: Hegemony, Posthegemony, and Post-Marxist Theory in Latin America.” Contemporary Politics 23.2: pp. 231–249. doi: 10.1080/13569775.2017.1280212


2016 “Turning the Tide: Revolutionary Potential and the Limits of Bolivia’s ‘Process of  Change,’” in Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution. London: Merlin Press.


2015 Introduction to “Álvaro García Linera: A Bolivian Marxist Seduced.” Special dossier in Viewpoint Magazine. March. <>


2014 “From Sub­al­tern to State: Toward a Left Cri­tique of the Pink Tide.” Viewpoint Magazine. Vol 4. September. <>