John Lear is the Distinguished Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Puget Sound, where he has taught since completing a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. His research focuses on urban social movements, cultural politics, and the role of the state and markets in Latin America; he has written on US-Latin American relations in general and US-Cuban relations in particular. He is currently working on a book on the relation of artists, workers and the state in postrevolutionary Mexico. Among his publications are Workers, Neighbors and Citizens: The Revolution in Mexico City (University of Nebraska Press, 2001), Chile’s Free Market Miracle: A Second Look (Food First Books, 1995), and "The Old and New Lefts in Latin America" (forthcoming). Teaching and fellowship affiliations include the Center for US-Mexican Studies (University of California at San Diego), the Universidad Autónoma de México-Iztapalapa, and the Centro de Investigaciones de Artes Plásticas (Mexico City).