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Korbel Latin America Center

Korbel Latin America Center

Research Projects

Emergence of India and Brazil: Deepening Democracy, Building State Capacity, and Changes to the World System

Aaron Schneider

Professor Schneider's main ongoing enterprise is a comparative project on India and Brazil, examining the political impact of similarly successful but quite divergent strategies of insertion into international markets. The project explores emerging markets in global capitalism and how domestic political institutions of federalism and political parties respond to distinct macroeconomic constraints.

Wage Theft in Denver, Colorado

Rebecca Galemba

Since January 2015, Rebecca Galemba has been leading a research team of graduate students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver to investigate day laborers' experiences with wage theft in the metro Denver area. Wage theft refers to underpayment, as well as outright nonpayment, for work completed. For day laborers, who wait on street corners each day looking for work, wage theft may mean being underpaid for work completed. Yet, even more frequently, it may mean not being paid at all. In order to understand the larger holistic climate in which wage theft occurs, Professor Galemba and teams of graduate students have been conducting interviews with day laborers, employers in the construction industry, lawyers, legal agencies, politicians, and non-profit stakeholders.

Currently, we are beginning a survey, called the Just Wages Survey, of 400 day laborers in Colorado based on our qualitative findings. The survey will examine the pervasiveness of wage theft, demographic characteristics of day laborers, and day laborers' legal knowledge and perceptions and utilization of legal services. We coordinate with El Centro Humanitario and Raja Raghunath's Workplace Rights Project to conduct Know Your Rights training for day laborers in conjunction with the survey. The research has been funded by a Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Public Good Grant, IRISE, Korbel School Research Funds, Labor Research and Action Network and the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation.

Please stay tuned for preliminary results from the DU Just Wages website to learn more about the project and its coordination with diverse Colorado stakeholders.

Other projects at the Josef Korbel School with a Latin America focus:

Haiti Health Project 

Phyllis Updike

Jan Updike MD and Phyllis Updike RN PhD have worked together in global health for 40 years, and most recently in Haiti. Most recently, they have worked in patient care with Dr. Paul Farmer in Cange, Haiti. In 2014, they worked twice in Port-au-Prince with the St. Luke's Foundation (SLF) in their Haitian run hospitals and care centers. Jan has helped review plans for EMR and Phyllis in MCH and nursing curricula development. Prior to this, they worked in the Dominican Republic for seven years and completed field research in integration of a microcredit and MCH strategy in 3 villages though their global health non-profit. Jan's background is in Family and Emergency Medicine, and Phyllis' is in Pediatrics and MCH faculty at UCHSC. Phyllis has served as adjunct faculty at the Josef Korbel School for the last 6 years.

Analyzing the Economy of Peru:  Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures

Barry Hughes and David Bohl

In late July, Pardee Center Director Barry Hughes and RA David Bohl traveled to Lima, Peru to meet with officials from the country’s National Center of Strategic Planning (CEPLAN). The meeting continues our ongoing collaboration on Peru’s projected economic growth to the year 2021 and served as preparation for another joint effort with CEPLAN on Peru 2050. On July 24, Hughes led a seminar, titled “Alternative Future Scenarios: International Futures Model (IFs)," which may be viewed online here. A number of local media outlets covered the event, including El Comercio, Andina, América Economía, and El Peruano. In our center’s subsequent report to CEPLAN on growth through 2021, Bohl, the lead author, concludes that “despite potential for increased capital from investments in mining and infrastructural projects, and potential for increased labor stemming from the transition of Peru’s substantial informal labor market to the formal sector, the greatest changes in growth are likely to come from total factor productivity.” The Pardee Center recently collaborated on a project to forecast the size and impact of the informal economy in Peru. Download the full study here